July 08, 2012
One of the most important things you need to decide as a bowhunter is what type of broadheads you plan to use for your upcoming season.
Rage has been my choice for years, but they have recently come out with a new broadhead that I've fallen in love with: the new Rage Xtreme. I was the first hunter to ever take this broadhead out into the field, and boy did it perform!
Heading to New Zealand on a spot-and-stalk bowhunt, I wanted a broadhead that would be incredibly accurate at long distances, get great penetration, and most importantly, have a large cutting diameter, and the Rage Xtreme does all that.
The first thing you will notice is Rage did away with their O-rings that you'll find on their older models. Instead, they have replaced this technology with a Shock Collar, which holds the blades securely in place until impact.
With a 2.3-inch cutting diameter and the new sweeping blade design, you'll find the new Xtreme maintains kinetic energy longer and penetrates deeper than other blades. Plus, with the huge cutting diameter, blood trailing will be a snap. After taking my world-record New Zealand stag with the Rage Xtreme, he dropped within eyesight. As if that wasn't enough, I headed over to Africa with a quiver full of Xtremes and took down several impala, a big kudu and a tough, old warthog.
What I love about using Rage is the fact that they really fly just like a field tip. I can practice all season, and when I put on my broadheads, I have the confidence to know they will hit where I aim. This is especially true at long distances. Hunters spend an incredible amount of time trying to get a fixed blade to fly straight at 60-70 yards. When using Rage, you can shoot your field tip, then switch to a broadhead and have the same point of impact. There's no need to spend countless hours trying to get your bow and broadheads aligned for the hunting season.
One thing to note is that Rage has an entire line of broadheads to fit your needs. The Xtreme is my favorite, but they do recommend that these heads only be used if you are pulling 60 pounds or more. I have my bow set to 64 pounds and I've had incredible success this spring.
These heads are truly the best I've ever used, and I can't wait to let them fly this fall on everything from elk to whitetails.
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