Blood trails 2 vs 4 blade
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Contributors to this thread:
Stix 02-Aug-22
Bou'bound 02-Aug-22
Stix 02-Aug-22
Kurt 02-Aug-22
TGbow 02-Aug-22
midwest 02-Aug-22
BOHNTR 02-Aug-22
APauls 02-Aug-22
PECO2 02-Aug-22
Rgiesey 02-Aug-22
shade mt 04-Aug-22
WV Mountaineer 04-Aug-22
Treeline 04-Aug-22
Dale06 04-Aug-22
fuzzy 04-Aug-22
Bou'bound 04-Aug-22
[email protected] 04-Aug-22
From: Stix
02-Aug-22
For folks that have killed game with both, which one has left better blood trails? (Not mechanical heads) assuming good hits.

From: Bou'bound
02-Aug-22
4 for me if bleeders count. Do bleeders count?

From: Stix
02-Aug-22
Yes.

From: Kurt
02-Aug-22
3 or 4 (bleeders cut and count) have left better blood than 2 in my experiernce.

From: TGbow
02-Aug-22
I shoot recurves but both will do the job..I like a 2 blade with a bleeder myself

From: midwest
02-Aug-22
4 blades. It's not even close in my experience. 2 blades got a lot less reaction from the animal, tho.

From: BOHNTR
02-Aug-22
I’ve arrowed a ton over the years with two bladed traditional style heads (Zwickey, Magnus, etc.), four bladed heads, and three blade heads. Honestly, they’ve all been about the same type of blood trails for me.

From: APauls
02-Aug-22
IMO 1.5+ inch 2 blade bleeds better than a 1 1/8” with bleeders.

But if you’re asking if a 1.25” 2 blade bleeds better than a 1.25” with bleeders I’d say can’t be possible lol

From: PECO2
02-Aug-22
The best blood trail I have had were from a 2 blade, 2" Rage. Even so, I don't use mechanicals anymore. Solid cut on contact for me.

From: Rgiesey
02-Aug-22
Have had better luck with 3 or 4 Blades

From: shade mt
04-Aug-22
Might depend on what you are using compound or stickbow?

If it is a lower poundage stickbow, id go with a 2 blade, obviously fixed blade.

Anything else it don't seem to make a big difference at least for me..

I always use a stickbow, usually over 50 lbs...mostly 55-60#

Never had a penetration issue, meaning entrance and exit holes.

But I've had varied results when it comes to boodtrails...3 blade little blood, 2 blade plenty enough to follow, and vice versa....I think shot placement trumps everything..high hits often just fill the chest cavity with blood.

The exception might be these big wide expandables, which I have zero experience with...

04-Aug-22
4 blades leave better trails then two blades in my experience. It’s not even debatable.

From: Treeline
04-Aug-22
With equivalent shot placement, 3- or 4-blades will put more blood on the ground than 2.

From: Dale06
04-Aug-22
I’ve used 2,3, and 4 blade. To many variables to say for sure. But I like two blade coc with bleeders.

From: fuzzy
04-Aug-22
I honestly have never been able to tell a difference. I'm RG colorblind so my blood trails need to be clear and short. 4 blade Zwickey Deltas give me that. So do 3 blade Thunderheads and similar. The main thing is sharpness.

From: Bou'bound
04-Aug-22
4 for me if bleeders count. Do bleeders count?

04-Aug-22
With trad gear getting an exit is what I'm after so I prefer a 2 blade. If you have power to spare, more blades makes sense. That said, a 3 or 4 with a good design penitrates really good as well.

I've used all sorts of 2, 3 and 4 blade heads as well as having been along on many recovery efforts with friends and clients when I guided.

The "good hits" part is giant compared to how many blades.

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