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Rocket sidewinders at Walmart
Seen some rockets at Wallis World..... made in Taiwan.
I wonder if there will be a re-emergence of rockets.
I wish theyd come back out with the 4 blade hamnerheads, or at least the 4 blade mini blasters
When the steelhead 100 was discontinued I bought all I could find. I guess I got 50 or 60.
The sidewinder was a pretty good head. Shot a few deer with them. But I just have had such good luck with the steelhead. One of my first experiences with the head was a black bear about 200 lbs. The bear was hard quartering away. I hit it right in front of the left rear hip, arrow came out in front of the right front leg. Hit an elk in the left scapula arrow made its way all the way to the right tenderloin..
If I remember right I think all but one deer shot with the sidewinders was pass thurs.
What store did you seen them in
I’m in Roswell NM. I’ll snap a picture next time I’m there
i did the same thing teeton, i have a lifetime supply of steelhead xl's and several boxes of replacement blades.
I'm running low on the XL's, I got a pack of the Sidewinders I'll be using this year .. I killed quite a few deer with the good 'ol Sidewinders back in the day .. more with the XL's... been using the XL's every year since they came out, but my stock is running low, and my extra blades are running low .... Ive got about 10 regular Steelhead 100's left ... Rocket only makes 4 different heads now .... why they discontinued the XL's and Steelheads is beyond me, they were their best heads !!
JTV I too used the Sidewinders faithfully until they were discontinued. I killed plenty of deer with them but I gotta say they were about the flimsiest made broadhead I ever shot. Every time I pulled one out of the dirt or whatever they stuck into after a pass through they were always broken or bent.
Weren’t they discontinued after the company was sold or something like that?
I used sidewinders and miniblasters for a few years back in the 90's. By the looks of the posts here my opinion won't be a popular one, but I also know I'm not alone. Imo, and the opinion of several folks I know who initially endorsed them and convinced me to use them, they're junk in design, performance, and durability, and it's actually kind of funny to me now that I ever used them at all. In hindsight, we should have been able to tell just by looking at them and handling them that they were insufficient. Heck, you can grab a new sidewinder blade and bend it into a U shape with your fingers. Just using them a few years convinced me to stop and I never touched another mechanical. I have a jar full of destroyed rockets. Arrows kicking upon impact, poor penetration, blades not opening, blades bending breaking, etc. The others I know all stopped using them as well for the same reasons. The worst broadheads I ever used, bar none. Ymmv.
Those old steelheads were amazing weren't they
Man did i ever kill a lotta deer with sidewinders and hammerhead... Havent experienced a failure.
Ive seen where Rages looked like they were hit by a semi and a sledge hammer after a kill, ferrule bent, blades destroyed, Ive seen Slicks where the blade look like some one took a hammer to the edges of 'em, same for about any head out there ... Steelheads are one of the best penetrating Mech. there ever was, I put 'em thru a 55 gallon drum just to prove how strong they were, and they went thru unscathed, a Muzzy 3 blade lost a blade doing so .... Ive got about a dozen Steelhead XL ferrules left, all killed deer and are in perfect condition, just dont have the blades for 'em, blades were made to be replaceable like dozens of other heads .. after killing deer, the Steelhead XL's ferrule's were fine ... I could care less what a head like the Sidewinder or the XL looks like after a pass thru on a big deer, it the extreme damaged it did going thru that always impressed me .. I'll continue to kill deer and BIG deer with them until I'm out of XLs and reg. Steelheads ....that is why I use 'em, because they work !! ...... for those wondering, the regular Steelhead 100 gr were 1 1/8" cut, the 125's were 1 1/4"... the XL's (all Steel) and Sidewinders (aluminum) both are a 1 1/2" cut ...
I have been using the steelheads the past few seasons, and Rocket since 1995. Never had a failure. Likely try Vortex this year as have great success with them as well.
how much $$ ... I'll be using it this season, along with my other heads (Steelhead XL, Wicked Trick, Viper Trick, Sidewinder, maybe a Wac Em 4 blade.. all 100 grs. except the Wicked is 105 grs) ... they always had a good entrance and exit and massive internal damage ..
We have Sidewinders at our Walmart also. I also stocked up on Steelheads when they quit making them. I have a pretty good supply of 125 grain ad 100 grain Steelies.
Jeff D my post was somewhat “tongue in cheek” because while I didn’t have a problem with them while I was using, mainly because I killed everything I shot them at. But they were never good after the shot (because of pass through ha ha) and your right I should have known by looking at them while screwing them on the end of my arrows. Young, dumb and didn’t know any better. With that said I wouldn’t have any hesitation about shooting one at a big buck tomorrow.
Shot Rocket Sidewinders till 2009 or 10 when their quality went south. Killed a shit ton of deer, never had a failure, never had a kick out, even on hard quartering shots. Only time I didn't get a full pass thru was on a spine shot on a buck. I would still be shooting them if their quality hadn't turned to crap.
After their recent cave in to political correctness, I no longer give a darn what they sell!
I'm done with them.