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Scott M

Practice with Broadheads

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A goal of mine for this next year is to do more practice with broadheads, as I felt I switched to broadheads too late in the game. What do people practice with broadheads on? I've got access to wide open spaces and hay bales, but they are tough to pull out. And the foam blocks I'm sure gets ripped up pretty good. Any other options?

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I use the broadhead targets and they work fairly well. Now, I only shoot enough arrows into this target to see that my heads are flying fine.

When I pratice during the archery season, my field points go back on.

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I use a 10" thick foam target. The broadheads stick out the back so I'm able to unscrew the BH and pull them out. Also helps to have an arrow puller, as simple as they are, they work pretty good.

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like Tom, i only practice with broad heads til i know they are shooting the same as my fld. pts. after that, i keep my broad heads sharp and in my quiver.

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I was able to get a couple of blocks of styrofoam(spelling) and then srink wrapped them together... I only shoot 57 lbs, but at about 297fps... and it stops my arrows fine. I do not shoot field tips into my broad head target.. only broad heads.. and only enough to be confident they hit the same area.

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I am the same as the others. Only shoot a few broadheads to check on how they compare to field points. And then back to the field points.....

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Scott - there are several quality broadhead targets on the market if you plan on shooting for awhile. The Yellow Jacket B/H is a real popular one that will last several years. You could even invest in a 3D deer target with replacement cores for the ultimate practice session. Just be aware of destructive rutting bucks come late Oct... If all else fails, shoot into a piece of cardboard in front of a rockless dirt pile.

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I've got a Cabelas broadhead target. I'm sure it wasn't more than $40. If not the layered foam targets, its a high density foam. I definatly don't recommend it for FT's though. I've pulled out two inserts with it cause its so dense.

I agree that I do just enough BH tuning to make sure they match my FT's. I usually bring the BH target along when I go hunting just to take a few practice shots.

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I bought one of the cheaper foam targets and it works fine. I have torn it up a bit, but like posted above, I only shoot my broadheads a couple times a season, just to make sure they are flying well.

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Thanks all. Some really spot on advice.

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Get a basic broadhead target. Broadheads will mess up your layered targets that are marketed for field points and broadheads and pretty soon the field points will be going through. You don't want to shoot through the layers with a layered target and broadheads will do just that. Broadhead targets aren't that expensive and will last a while if you keep moving the aiming point around on the target. If you are like me and need to be sure your broadheads and field points hit in the same spot which can take some fine tuning you will appeciate not feeling like you are wrecking your field point target.

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You can use a mound of sod, dirt or sand and that works pretty well.

I have a Block target and it works great. I keep all of my old blades just for practice. The sharper blades will still "cut" better into the layered targets. However, as the blades get dull they start top push and mangle the target.

Always do a quick tune on your bow before you start shooting your broadheads.

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I have a second set of vitals for my makenze and shoot nothing but broadheads after august 15. Arrows are a bit of a chalange to pull out at times, but that is what works to me. BTW I am using snuffers so they are a bit on the strong side and can handle the abuse.

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