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    question for you experts...

    I have a 2003 Tracer LT with the Fuzion Cam.

    After I put a new string on it, adjusted to 65lbs, shooting a total weight of 402.1 grains (shaft + broadhead),
    I used an Arrow Speed Arrow Cronograph and it came up at 215fps. I was hoping for 250 fps, but not even close...
    The bowshop owner talked me into moving to an F2 module from my F3...he told me that would cost me 10fps...

    Is this good enough to pass through a deer?

    I use Shockwave 100 expandables...

    Thanks,

    tja

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    I know it would be plenty fast for a pass through with a fixed blade. I'm betting it would be fine with a mechanical as well. While pass throughs are nice, they aren't neccessary for a quick clean kill. They do make it easier to track in most cases though. I have had several deer that the arrow stopped at the opposite shoulder and never got a complete pass through, yet the deer only made it about 50 yards before dropping.
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    I would go with a fixed blade..
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    Quote Originally Posted by mattheww1377 View Post
    I would go with a fixed blade..
    Ya i agree,some expandables take alot of KE to do there job.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mattheww1377 View Post
    I would go with a fixed blade..
    x2 I use fixed blade myself.

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    Like everyone else said before, your best bet would be with a fixed blade head. If you still want to use mechanical i would recommend looking at rear deploying broadheads instead of the front deploying head like you mentioned because they require alot less energy to open.

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    I'm an old guy who has hunted deer and elk with 60# recurves for decades, and those recurves would be hard pressed to break 200fps, albeit with heavier arrows, and have had many pass throughs on deer. I did however use black diamond cut on contact broadheads, so I agree with the other posters that the cut on contact broadheads will give you the best chance on pass throughs. You really see the greatly increased penetration with the cut on contact heads when shooting elk with a recurve, compared to the times I tried replaceable blade insert heads with either chisel points or rounded points.

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