The Bottom Line
Somewhere, the hype must end and a fair assessment begin. I'll try to make this that place.
I've taken two deer with rage 2 blade broadheads. For the first, conditions were perfect and so was broadhead performance. With the second, the shot was quartering away and did not provide a pass through shot (thus no blood trail) - but Rage performed well nonetheless.
I think they're great, but not for everyone.
- Blades are very tough, and very sharp.
- Design is very simple, so there's not much to go wrong with them mechanically.
- Creates very large and effective entrance wounds, and exit wounds are almost as large.
- Blades open from the rear rather than from the front, so they're open before they reach the target.
- The blood trail from the first deer I took with a Rage broadhead was incredible.
- Very high cost.
- Blades can open too easily, at the wrong time, which can be dangerous and inconvenient.
- Included practice head is not very useful.
- 100 grain two-blade expandable broadhead for bow hunting (125 grains introduced after this review was published).
- Nominal 2" cutting diameter - but upon initial impact the blades open even wider.
- Aluminum body. Replaceable fixed-position stainless steel blade attached at tip.
- Two stainless steel movable blades open on contact.
- Flies like a field point. It really does.
- Rear opening blades greatly reduce the chances of arrow deflection and energy loss - and create good entrance wounds.
- Not the greatest for penetration with less powerful bows, long shots, and/or poorly tuned bows.
- Other models are available, but I've only used the 2 blade model.
- The included practice head flew great - once. After that, not so much.
- I kinda wish a 125 grain 2-blade Rage was available.
Guide Review - Rage 2 Blade Broadheads for Bowhunting
When someone tells me how far an arrow penetrated and exactly where it hit a deer, but they never recovered the deer, I feel pretty sure that I'm being BSed. You can't know exactly where you hit a critter unless you have the shot on video, or you have the critter.
So, phooey on some of the nay-sayers.
Right now, I'm a cautious lover of the Rage 2 blade broadhead. I think it can be great, but it's not always the best choice.
With its huge cutting diameter, it's only natural that penetration may suffer. Face it - cutting a 2" path through a deer is harder than cutting a 1.5" one. Responsible use of the Rage should probably be limited to faster bows, heavier arrows, and reasonable distances - and the bows should be well tuned to ensure straight arrow flight (for improved penetration).
Me, I used a crossbow, and I think the speed of a modern crossbow helps Rage broadheads perform their best.
One advantage of using Rage with a crossbow is that, when the arrow is placed in the crossbow, the foot stirrup protects the broadhead from accidental bumping (and thus opening)... and accidental opening of the head is probably the cause of more Rage complaints than anything else.
Anyhow - I like Rage 2-blade broadheads, and I'll keep using them with my crossbow until something happens to change my mind. Should you buy them and try them? That's your call.
I'm not an archery expert, but if you have a fairly fast bow or crossbow that's well tuned, if you shoot a fairly hefty arrow, and if you're not into taking really long shots, then I feel I can recommend them to you in good conscience.
- Russ Chastain