I’ve shot SevR and Swhacker. The difference is comparable to a 1 ton truck built in the 80’s and a half ton built today. Both will get you there but the SevR is solidly constructed. The swhacker is probably a great turkey head though. I agree they should all have a locking screw.
These and slick tricks raptor trick have one fundamental design issue that I just can't get past... Opening blades on the inside (cavity wall for example), when you're never guaranteed an exit, means small entrances on the only hole you ARE guaranteed. Why wouldn't you want to have maximized odds of a good bloodtrail if things go south and the arrow stops half way through....
I was part to the raptor trick development, though I didn't agree with the design, and the logic behind this design was to keep the blades "fresh" and conserve a small amount of energy.
I have not used them. I’m a fixed head only shooter. I like two, one inch or larger holes in big game. The opening of the blades after being inside the animal is in my view, not a good concept at all. It makes a smaller entry, but more importantly that missle tip out front and the wide blades reduce penetration.
Most worthless mechanical I've ever hunted with. Failed to open on my 2015 buck and I shot him again a few weeks later in rifle season, finally killing him with a .308. I did a semi live hunt on it and showed the inside of the hide and what the Shwacker did not accomplish. Shot a Turkey with it once and when I recovered the arrow, the blades were bent like aluminum.
Lost my biggest buck due to schwacker broadheads. Will never use them again. Hit him almost perfectly quartering away but the area went in less than 6inches. A muzzy would have blown thru easily. The buck ran 50yards fell over and got back up 10minutes later and never saw him again. I'll use rage for mechanical, muzzy for fixed blade & ravin broadheads for my crossbow.
For those of you loving on Sevrs. I want to like them too as I like the design, but they rattle so damn bad in the quiver they are a non starter! Makes my bow so loud at the shot. Push them into foam to keep them quiet and the blades deploy. Lame! Totally worthless with a foam less mechanical quiver hood too! How do you guys keep these things quiet in the quiver? Or did I just get a bad batch? I have 1.5, 1.7 and the 2” and they all are rattletraps.
What irritates me even more is I called their customer service to ask for suggestions. Middle of the business day on a Tuesday. No one answered the phone. Message said to send an email via their website. Did that and no response. Not a good sign of a company who cares. Frustrated.
No they rattle! I contacted them and was told to bend the little washer in there. That worked for a bit. Also, it's a pain to out back together. The only solution I see that I can do is put a rubber band on them, that worked for me.
Nothing wrong with Swhackers. I have killed a few turkeys with the 150dr 3" cut heads. I actually have been impressed with them to the point of possibly trying out some of their smaller cut heads on deer.
The Sevr 1.5 is a perfect example of trade offs for broadheads. It flies awesome, is tougher than many fixed heads, I can resharpen the blades on a KME and it has the lockdown feature for practice. However, the blood trails are pretty unimpressive.