Broadheads are what I prefer for any hunting venture I go for many years now and have over the years refused to hunt with expandable heads.
The only reason for this refusal in using expandable broadheads is that the expandable broadhead models that I liked the most used rubber band in order to hold the blades efficiently.
When I used these expandable broadheads for hitting the target, the rubber bands that kept the blades in place shredded away and there were no replacements for these rubber bands whatsoever.
And so, this made me avoid practicing and hunting with them.
Perhaps later, I started with the use of replaceable-blade heads.
This not only made the practice easy but also it facilitated rapid and easy changing of the blades for hunting.
As the technology is advanced, the manufacturers have come up with an expandable along with a practice head that just works like real ones, as claimed by them.
The manufacturers put a strong word to practice with these practice heads and to switch them with the real broadheads when the hunting season comes round the corner.
However, no matter how much practice I have done with these practice heads, I never attained the results like the real ones and I am still finding that one practice head which will hit the deck right on target and shoot in the same hole like a real broadhead.
Being an ardent and a keen bow tuner, I always want my broadheads to give a perfect bullet tear up to a 10 yards distance.
Unless this parameter matches, I do not go for hunting whatsoever.
I have even tried tuning expandable broadheads along with practice heads, and to my disappointment, they never work for me.
The tear is never the same as a real broadhead. Though they may be close, they are never ever the same.
Using a little glue to hold in place the blades never works after one or two shots since the glue withers away and with blades covered with target scum, it isn’t even possible to reglue them.
Though these are small things which may appear as if I am nitpicking a lot and getting fanatical about these minute details, however, in real scenarios I can only control my equipment but cannot control or predict the actions of a buck and so I need to get that perfect shot and perfect tear for my hunting venture.
I had been narrating this problem to a good friend of mine, Mike, who is a crack shot as he works in the archery business for over 40 years now.
He now works part-time in an archery pro shop while handling public relations for many of the archery companies. However, he is an extremely talented bowhunter having worked in a quiver company previously. His experience in the field helped me.
He suggested me that since a tape is same in weight as a rubber band and does not alter the flight characteristics of the broadhead at all, I should probably try using a strip of scotch tape to wrap it around the ferrule where this rubber band fits in.
And this idea worked spot-on for me.
The width of the scotch tape is an ideal one-wrap fit around the ferrule, facilitating easy trimming off a piece of tape that fits perfectly.
Perhaps this works only for one shot, I like it this way since it forces to take time between two practice shots rather than just shooting the arrow right away in quick succession, which is, by the way, a very bad practice habit.
I tested the scotch-taped broadheads for shooting at longer ranges of about 40-80 yards to see how the arrow fly at such distances with the tape around the ferrule, and I got the same results as when I used the rubber bands.
Use the scotch tape in front of the blade assembly when making using of Swhacker broadheads which use two blades that fold backwards.
For slip-cam broadheads like the Rage, it is a slightly complicated task, however, one can use the tape in a slightly tricky way and keeping patience for a small amount of time to fix it.