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Gear Review - RAGE Two-Blade Broadheads

Our review today will focus on Rage Two-Blade Broadheads. These broadheads are mechanical rear-deploying broadheads that advertise “at least” a 2.0" cutting diameter. Instead of using rubber bands to keep the blades in place before impact, these broadheads use something the company calls the "ShockLock" system, with an o-ring that acts as a shock absorber for the blades. Rage guarantees that they will deploy before entry, maintaining full kinetic energy.

The company offers several different models of two-blade broadheads. We have tested both the standard two-blade model and the two-blade "titanium" model which both use o-rings and open to a 2.0" cutting diameter alike.

Unpacking:
First thoughts:
Rage Two-Blade broadheads come in both 100 and 125-grain sizes, in packages of three. They are packaged in clear plastic so you see what you are getting and right out of the box there are no surprises.

To the touch, they feel like a solid product and it is important to note that you will want to be careful when touching the blades. They absolutely feel sharp and you could easily cut yourself if handling carelessly (statistically, the second most common cause of injury for a bowhunter is cutting themselves on broadheads: BE CAREFUL). The broadheads have a feel of a quality item. With stainless steel blades and aircraft-quality aluminum, these are well-constructed and a well-designed item.

Rage Titanium Broadhead Open
Specifications:

Manufacturers Claim: Rage's design makes it fly like a field-tip.
In the field:
On a well-tuned bow, flying “like a field tip” should not be your concern.  Getting your arrows to fly consistently, regardless of the tip, is fully achievable and should be practiced to ensure consistency.  We say all that to say this; Rage’s design does overcome some of the issues that come with a poorly tuned bow.  Less of a surface area allows less deflection in flight.  Better still, when you open a package of Rage Two-Blade broadheads heads, in our experience each one of the actual broadheads will fly identical (or nearly identical) to the practice blade that comes in your package.


Claim: Full deadly force of a fixed-blade broadhead
In the field:
Since we’ve begun hunting with Rage Two-Blade broadheads, we can assure you that the wound channels created are absolutely devastating.   

Claim: Blades fully deploy for a full 2.0"+ cutting diameter
In the field:

We have heard anecdotal evidence of blades not opening, but we haven’t been able to replicate this in any testing or in the field.  In our experience, the blades always open, and do their jobs reliably.

Claim: No rubber bands to hold blades in place during flight
In the field:

We would prefer if they didn’t make this claim at all. The design of the Rage Two-Blade broadheads may not use rubber bands as some other mechanical heads do, but using an o-ring, which is made of rubber, but advertising “no rubber bands” seems like cheap semantics to us. 

Rage Shock Collar System

Cost: $44.99 Suggested Retail
Real World:
In many of the major stores in the US it’s not uncommon to see Rage Two Blade on sale for $39.99 or even slightly less as a regular price.  However, in Canada we tend to see prices from the MSRP to $50 at most stores and local Archery stores.

Real World Thoughts:

Positives:
The Rage Two-Blade Broadheads before deployment of the blades are a mere 3/4" in diameter to make it fly like a field point, and in our testing it did exactly that. We got similar groupings when target shooting to those with a field point, with devastating penetration on our targets.

In the field when hunting, they also seem to work exactly as advertised. They expand to an advertised width of 2.0" but the company talks about "hyper extension" giving them additional width. The obsession team has harvested numerous animals with these two-blade broadheads and some of the wound channels were absolutely devastating, far more than the 2” advertised. We have consistently had good blood trails with everything shot with the Rage two-blade broadheads.

Rage's ShockLock o-ring system also is designed to act as a small shock absorber to the blades to protect them if they hit bone. We can testify that these broadheads work well even when the shots were less than perfect. Although there are many reports of o-rings breaking, we could not replicate this either.  We have taken many shots with both compound bows and crossbows and the o-ring system has always held up to the discharge properly. 

Rage Titanium Two Blade Packaging

Negatives:
The Rage two-blade broadheads are admittedly not an effective system for hunting by stalking and walking through the brush. The o-ring holds the blades in place fine when hunting from a static position, but when walking with the arrow nocked and in place... the blades have a tendency to slip off the o-ring and out of place.

The majority of negative reviews online that you will read and hear about deal with these blades coming loose. For that reason we always make sure they are in place when we nock the arrow in the bow, and we have never had a problem with them. However, if one were to fire an arrow with a blade out of place, we could see how they could go off target. Rage sells "shock collar" units that are plastic pieces that you can add onto these broadheads that would negate this worry and enable you to walk and stalk with the arrows should you choose.  We really like the shock collar system, and have begun to use them on all of our Rage heads in place of o-rings, but with a bit of care however, they are not necessary.

The Bottom Line:
The bottom line with these broadheads is that as long as the blades are in place on the o-ring prior to your shot, there is no doubt in our minds that you will have good results.

A deer and a bear that was shot with this broadhead right through the front shoulder had very deep penetration and went less than 30 yards each. The shots didn't get full pass through but it resulted in a humane, ethical kill despite hitting and deflecting off bone. These shots were less than perfect, but we are not endorsing taking poor shots with these or any broadheads. Wilderness Obsession is committed to ethical hunting and we would always encourage proper shot placement.

2015-01-01 10:29:42

 

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