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Biathlonman
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Anyone still using Ribteks? I had a set years ago that I never used but liked. Always swore I would use them if I shot wood arrows, and I seem to be quickly moving that way! [Smile] . Just picked up two dozen 135gr. to give a try. Most of the search results were pretty old. I figure anything is fine for deer, anyone used them on bigger game?
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Brock
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I have used them since I first saw them in catalog in 90s...actually just bought a bunch from the manufacturer in Australia.

I use 160gr and 190gr for mine...easy to sharpen, hold a good edge for long time...mount easy. I took mine on bear hunts, deer hunts, hog hunts, squirrels, and even nutria. LOL

I have two 6-packs in the St Judes Auction (1- 160 set and 1- 190 set)...and Kelly has some for sale as well if not mistaken.

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Bid on the ones in St Judes for the kids first....then buy all the ones Kelly has remaining too. [Smile] I think I have enough to last me twenty years...but may need to buy more. LOL

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Rock 'N Bow
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I have a few of the 190 grain heads, and agree with everything Brock has to say about them. I would like to add that they are MASSIVE! I will be using them this upcoming deer season and think I will have no problems with penetration or blood trails. They are somewhat flexible so I don't know how well they will perform on bone hits on larger animals.

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Panzer
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He is right the 190,s are huge, they look like spear points. I have some of those and a few 160,s left. Simmons and Ribtek are my favorite two blade heads.
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Anyone use the lighter ones?
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Brock
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I used a 125 when I first tried them but went larger a year or two later.... used them on hunts for pheasants, rabbits, deer and nutria.

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I killed a black bear with a 160 gr head.
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quote:
Originally posted by Rock 'N Bow:
I have a few of the 190 grain heads, and agree with everything Brock has to say about them. I would like to add that they are MASSIVE! I will be using them this upcoming deer season and think I will have no problems with penetration or blood trails. They are somewhat flexible so I don't know how well they will perform on bone hits on larger animals.

"flexible" - what does that mean?

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Not larger than deer but I did shoot a heavy Wisconsin white-tail buck a few years back with a 190 Ribtek from top to bottomus and complete penetration, including the heart. The head is perfectly intact and will harvest more stuff.

You could gut & skin the same deer with a 190, they have so much blade length.

They sharpen easy, are simple in design and look nostalgic.

They get the job done. A fun head to try out and a unique departure from the norm!

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The blades tend to bend when some force is applied. This is due to the single layer construction.

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I bought them years ago when I saw a video of a guy shooting them into concrete blocks and they had just minor tip damage. I figured I would never hunt concrete blocks and have used them on and off ever since. I wish I could tell you I had gotten good results but I have yet to have shot at anything.....lol!

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I like them. Haven't shot anything with one yet, though.
I can get them really sharp in short order.
One of them will meet a Florida hog one of these days.

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One of the best heads made, IMO. I like the ease of sharpening. And, they are tough. Never had issues with "flexibility".....the "crimp" in the blade keeps them from any flex, I think....

I've hit rocks and trees....can't think of ever having one come apart or bend beyond use. I did loose the very tip of one in a shoulder blade once....just a quarter inch or so.

I shot a 190 through a moose rib on this hunt and it stuck in the other side. Use a 65lb selfbow. I've killed a lot of other critters with them. I like the 190 best, and also the 160's.

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I wish I had 2 more hands so I could give those broad heads 4 thumbs down.

Just my opinion of them.

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quote:
Originally posted by Rock 'N Bow:
The blades tend to bend when some force is applied. This is due to the single layer construction.

I shot two of the 190s into a pile of bricks out of a 60# compount on a wood shaft total weight 675 grains.

I was testing the efficacy of using minwax wood hardener to "foot" the wood shaft.

First two photos are without the hardener. I have been told that my first two photos "prove" the problem of the ribtek on wood shafts. I, on the other hand, do not think this would happen on game even a shoulder bone. This arrow was moving at close to 200 fps and was stopped dead and bounced back off the bricks.

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These next two are of a head shot under the same circumstances as the first but the first three inches of the shaft had been hardened by soaking for a couple hours in minwax wood hardener. I don't think this head would have bent or the shaft broken but for the fact that the brick pile was loose and the hit was on an angled brick near the bottom of the pile. A solid concrete wall would have been ideal but did not want to shoot at the foundation of my house. [Eek!]

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I have been using the 190s off and on for a few years now but have not killed game with one so have no comments in that dept.

Plan on getting some 200 gr grizzleys but will also use the ribteks.

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