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GDPolk
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I used to use Stingers and have since moved away from them. In my experience they flew straight out of most bows. They made more noise than solid heads. They killed everything that I hit with one. That said, I had concerns with the durability.

While I never had completely catastrophic failures like shown above, I did have the ferrules on a few get boogered up and make the replacement blades harder to get in. I also had one get bent on me once. I just kind of lost confidence in them due to the aluminum ferrule and have thus gone to all steel broadheads.

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mwosborn
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I use the 2 blade stingers and really like them. Have not had durability issue yet. Buck I shot 2 years ago is in the pic below hanging head down. Quartering away shot, broadhead entered at back of ribs exited low through ribs and then hit the humerus square on. As you can see, it sliced and/or busted through the humerus of the front leg. No damage to the broadhead. Deer made it about 75 yards.


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quote:
Originally posted by GDPolk:
I used to use Stingers and have since moved away from them. In my experience they flew straight out of most bows. They made more noise than solid heads. They killed everything that I hit with one. That said, I had concerns with the durability.

While I never had completely catastrophic failures like shown above, I did have the ferrules on a few get boogered up and make the replacement blades harder to get in. I also had one get bent on me once. I just kind of lost confidence in them due to the aluminum ferrule and have thus gone to all steel broadheads.

They carry a lifetime warranty, and don't bat an eye at honoring it. There is something about shooting a big thick steel broadhead though.

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jonsimoneau
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I bought some for my wife to shoot out of her wheel bow a couple of years ago. Buzzcuts. After looking them over I decided I'd try them as well. I've killed 5 deer and a turkey with them and my wife killed her first deer and turkey with them. We haven't had any issues with them. However of the 5 deer I killed 4 of them were double lung shots. The fifth one was a straight liver hit. I can't say that the blood trails have been the greatest. Adequate but not as good as what I used to get with my woodsmans. But I always get 2 holes with the buzzcuts and since I only shoot about 50 pounds or so I had cases with the woodsmans where I did not get two holes which resulted in zero blood on the ground and lots of time on my hands and knees. This year I'm likely going to hunt with 150 grain buzzcuts.
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I just bought some this week. I'll see how I like them.

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MIBIGHNTR,you are not wrong,it is a medical fact. Though the idea is to kill not to shave it don't change that fact. Another fact is a jagged tear in tissue or hide don't heal well. Just some thing to consider if a less than perfect shot happens. Check the failure on Doug's post. Look at the picture on Ron's post. There is very little metal between the vent and the serrations and the serrations score the metal like you would do if you want to break steel or glass. Hard to imagine a weaker design but they do work when all goes well. >>>----> Ken
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Ron LaClair
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As for the issue of durability, when the Bear Razorhead came out it was the latest and greatest head on the market. I cant remember how many deer I killed with that head. The main blade was soft metal and sharpened easily. The bleeder blade was thin and designed to collapse when it hit bone (rib bones). After going through a deer the head was usually bent in almost a C shape and the bleeder blade was either gone or badly bent BUT it always killed the deer.

Just think what a great head it would have been if the blades had been serrated. [biglaugh]

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kenneth butler
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Yes, serrations would have really helped the bending? NOT Better steel or heat treating maybe???. Any way many of us moved on from bending, breaking, noisy heads. Papa Bear him self said "avoid serrated scalloped heads, though they look wicked the teeth fill with hair,tallow,and tissue,impending clean cutting and penetration". Yes they both still work but there are much better heads out there. My 2 ¢ worth.>>>----> Ken
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Ron LaClair
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Fred said that because he wasn't selling serrated heads. Other's including myself have testified that serrated heads do NOT fill with hair and tallow.

We all appreciate what Fred did for bowhunting but he, like everyone else had his own opinions. For one he tried to get the poison pod legalized. Not a good idea because a hunter didn't have to be sure and make a killing shot. A hit anywhere would be a dead deer.

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kenneth butler
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Maybe Fred didn't have the means,equipment,or sales distribution to cut grooves in his heads and market them,if he felt they were worth while. You are right though we all have an opinion. Some hang on to them until the very end.:^) >>--->Ken
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Ron LaClair
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Ken, everyone has opinions but most of them are not based on experience...therein lies the difference.:^)>>--->Ron

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At about 4:30 today I killed a hog with a buzzcut with bleeders. 40 pound bow. Shot in the heart from 5 yards. It looked like a gunshot wound when the arrow hit. The buzzcut was in perfect shape. Barely needs touching up after going through inches of fat and pig hide. I would use it again but I am retiring it as a memento since its my first bow kill.

I think they need a little work out of the box but they do come decently sharp.

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I did not get an exit wound. It got the offside shoulder and almost went through the hide. Performed great. Hog dropped dead after about 40 yards.
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kenneth butler
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Ron,that is rather weak.Not sure I understand. Fred Bear didn't have experience? How about Howard Hill? Maybe Ben Pearson? Terry has killed a few head of game I wonder if he has an opinion?I have conducted exhaustive test which I offered to share. I have also hunted in a 5 deer Texas County for many many years. It was quite the proving ground but I have no experience? Oh well it is all good.Take care. >>>----> Ken
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Ron LaClair
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Ken, I said most of them...not all of them. ---You said,
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I would use it again but I am retiring it as a memento since its my first bow kill.
Experience starts with the first kill, mine was was 55 years ago.

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