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Rage and Weighted FMJs?
I imagine this combo would only be more effective, but if anyone has experience with Rage mechanicals and 5MM FMJs with 75 grain insert weights on bigger game such as moose please share. I am leery of the mechanicals even with the heavy shafts on that game, though many on here have suggested they have had success with them on elk and moose.
The mechanicals area not for me like most when rages came out I tried them & was blown away by the huge entrance hole. But quickly realized especially on quartiring away shots or shots involving the shoulder that my penetration & passthroughs were drastically reduced. I went back to fixed 2 edge heads. I do realize that millions of critters have been killed with them & if you like em go for it & the added weight will definitely help with penetration
I am sure it would work, but would not be my choice. I have used rage the last 3 years but will be going back to fixed. And this is for whitetail. Would not use rage myself on elk or moose. To many great fixed blades out there.
I’m not a fan of either of those. I much prefer the Axis over the FMJ for durability and I’ve seen way to many Rages break. There are better mechanicals out there but for moose, fixed blades all the way.
I would watch some of ranch fairies YouTube videos. He has some good arrow builds. As much as I like fmj’s. I will probably not use them any more. There are more effective ways to make a heavy arrow.
I had to learn how to make an efficient arrow so I could get the most out of my recurve. I took what I learned from that and applied it to my compound.
Broad heads are up to you. I personally like Magnus ser razors or slick tricks. If you are confident in rage by all means use them.
I had a bad experience with a Rage on a heavy FMJ, about 500 gr. last fall. I hit a deer in the shoulder blade and got very little penetration. Never found the deer. Don't think I would use them again on anything but turkeys.
I like a lot of ranch fairy’s stuff but just can’t get on board with 3&400 grain heads on the front of 400 spine shafts out of heavier speed bows
I would never consider shooting a Rage or any other mechanical at a moose but yes, the heavier arrow will give you a better chance of sufficient penetration.
fubar-the ranch fairy recommends .250-.300 spined shafts for his heavy FOC builds and readily makes fun of .400 spined shafts.
Not sure if I want to be getting advice about shaft size or penetration info from someone calling themselves “The ranch fairy”!
After 3 years of wreck less hunting with mech. heads I went back to old school 125 slick trick mag in front of a 29" 2219 I call my arrows freight train. no more worrying about bone.
Yep no bone can withstand a 2219 aluminum shaft and a 125 grain fixed head.
I wouldn't do it. I shoulder shot a moose a few years ago with a 525 grain total weight arrow out of a 68 pound bow. Broad head was a 150 gr VPA. I got 17" of penetration and he went down insight. I've shot lots of deer with Rages and I know it would not have ended well if I had shot that moose with one.
I just bought 300 spine arrows and have 250 grains up front. Total arrow weight is 535 grains. I made a video in slow motion with my old set up and new arrow set up. I went from 400 spine with 100 up front and man did it make a difference in flight. Stiffer heavier arrows fly like darts from my bow . Groups are tighter too. No more twizzlers for me ;)