BlackOut Gator Expandable Broadheads or Replacement Blades
A Little Bummed Today...
I wanted to share my recent experience with others on the performance issue that had using a Gator Expandable Broadhead . I was looking to try expandables for the first time this year because of the wider hole diameters they create and the better bloodtrails they create. I've always shot Muzzy 3 Blade 125 Grain fixed broadheads with great success. Have never lost a deer with them, but as I'm sure everyone has done before I wanted to try something different to see what I might be missing. I live in SC so deer season has been open since Aug 15th. I've been watching an awsome 10 point develop since end of May via our trail cameras, and have patterned the deer quite successfully. Last night I was on a stand that he passes on a regular basis and this awesome buck sneaks in from behind my stand and stops in front of me providing a perfect 15yrd broadside shot. I pulled back, placed my sight directly behind his right front shoulder and let the arrow fly. I shoot a 70lb Matthews Z7 Extreme and am deadly accurate out to 50yds. My arrow hit the deer exactly where I was aiming, and I heard the broadhead hit a rib which sounded like a 2x4 hitting the deer. My arrow passed through the 10 point, who turned and ran as fast as he could out of the area. My arrow left stuck in the ground. I watched the buck run 70-80yds before the terrain kept me from being able to see any longer. When I got out my stand and checked my arrow, there was not one drop of blood to be found on the arrow or near the area the deer was standing however there was deer hair and meat residue on the arrow shaft and fletchings where my arrow passed through the deer. The other thing I found was that one of the two blades had snapped off upon impacting the rib cage. I spent all morning today looking for a blood trail and searching the woods for hundreds of yds looking for this deer. No luck finding it or any trail of the deer. I understand that it most likely bled internally into the lungs, but I've never double lunged a deer and didn't find it within 50yds or so. I'm a little bummed at the performance of the broadhead... mostly at the fact the blade broke upon impacting the ribcage. I think that probably played into the amount of internal damage done on this nice deer. I will be giving these broadheads a second chance to be fair but probablly only on does. I hate to have lost such a fine animal, and I understand unexpected things do happen from time to time but I wanted to share with others my personal experience using this product since all of the reviews are positive in nature. Hopefully this will help others make a more informed decision... not saying these broadheads are horrible by any means... but only that my very first experience with them caused me to lose my largest buck with a bow to date with perfect shot placement. I hope others find this helpful. I've added a photo of what I pulled out of the dirt after passing through this deer.
September 5, 2011
I just started bow hunting, and shot my first deer. had no clue as to which broad head to use. most recomended Muzzy fixed blade. I decide to go with the Readhead gator glad I did. performed flawlessly. this is my first time hunting with a bow, first deer one shot, deer went down 50 yds from my stand excellent blood trail if I had needed to trail it shoots exactly like field points saw no drop. huge entrance wound and huge exit wound blew through front shoulder on the way out. here is the photo of the entrance wound.
October 10, 2012
Dead in 30 feet
Shot this buck straight up the front leg and at mid body. This high and foward shot stopped this buck dead in his tracks. Started to shoot another arrow and realized he was dead. Kicker is I shot this same head earlier twice at turkeys. Rage can't do that. They will fold up when going through bone or hitting rocks on missed shots. It should be the law you must use these broadheads. BTW I shoot a 82nd airborne at 340fps and these fly like field points. There's no difference. Best of all NO RUBBER BANDS!!!
December 11, 2010
The best design out there! These babys work!
I was so glad to see Redhead pick these heads up from Rocky Mountain!
If you want a simple designed mechanical head that won't let you down these are the broadheads for you!
Been shooting them for over 15 years, that 2" cut is bad medicine for deer thats for sure.
You can screw them on and shoot at what ever distance you are sited in for. In my case we like to practice out to 90 yards and the Gators fly just like my field points.
No ruber bands or anything like that to worry about either!
September 17, 2010