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Grim Reaper Broadheads

Brian in Montana

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I met a guy packing out an elk this weekend and had a little conversation. He'd shot a 5-pt with a Grim Reaper. I've never tried them because they always looked a little flimsy to me. And also just the name "Grim Reaper" just seems so hoaky. He said he's shot a number of bulls whit them and they're the best performing BH he's used on elk. He was carrying the bull's shoulder blade because that's where he hit him. The shoulder blade had a perfect 3-blade hole through it, and he said the arrow lodged in the opposite shoulder for a very quick kill. Gotta admit, I was impressed. Do any of you guys use Grim Reapers on big game like elk or moose?
 

Backofbeyond

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Mechanical broadheads aren't legal in ID, but if they were I'd probably still shy away from them. For one, any/all mechanicals can and will fail to deploy at some point, my cut on contacts will always cut on contact, no matter what. Second, everything points to penetration being key for a quick kill, and mechanicals end up using some of the momentum to deploy their blades - that's how ever much less momentum driving my arrow through the far side. Personally, on game as big as elk/moose, I'll keep as much of that in my arrow as possible.

Sounds like they worked for the guy you met up with, but for me, I'll just keep with a good, sharp, heavy weighted cut on contact broadhead. YMMV.
 

Ridge Ghost

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I've seen four bulls shot with them, between 25 and 60 yards. Not a large sample, but the broadheads did their job every time.
 

sierrahunter

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I’ve killed three bears with them. The animals all piled up within 40 yards. I wouldn’t shoot anything else.
 

RUT JUNKEY

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I am a fixed blade guy myself ( Thunderhead 100's) they have never let me down, HOWEVER, a couple years ago while hunting I had a coyote come by and didn't have time to switch arrows..dead coyote! ….5 minutes later after a rattling sequence, in walks a good buck and low and behold my other 2 arrows were a field point and a mechanical ( cheap one for coyotes etc) lol. I shot him at 50 yds and he didn't go 15 yds! SOOOOO.... I don't knock them too much! lol
 

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I met a guy packing out an elk this weekend and had a little conversation. He'd shot a 5-pt with a Grim Reaper. I've never tried them because they always looked a little flimsy to me. And also just the name "Grim Reaper" just seems so hoaky. He said he's shot a number of bulls whit them and they're the best performing BH he's used on elk. He was carrying the bull's shoulder blade because that's where he hit him. The shoulder blade had a perfect 3-blade hole through it, and he said the arrow lodged in the opposite shoulder for a very quick kill. Gotta admit, I was impressed. Do any of you guys use Grim Reapers on big game like elk or moose?
I use Grim Reapers and G5 Montec fixed-blade's. I have a use for each. Mostly, 25 yards or less will get the fixed blade and mostly, 30 yards or beyond, with wind, will get the GR's. I can vouch for the GR's and their effectiveness and so can the elk in my freezer right now, that came for his victory ride home with me on Friday. GR at 35 yards. Entry wound in the chest cavity looked like I had shot him with a rifle there was so much bruising. Clean pass-through and dead elk. You can be confident in these heads.
 

Brian in Montana

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I lost a bull the year before last using a Rocket Steelhead. Back when most my bow hunting was for deer sized game I was a big fan of mechs, but I swore them off and went with Viper Tricks. I always like to stability in flight and lack wind plane you get with mechs, but penetration is hugely important on elk. If I decide to try mechanicals again, I might just go with Grim Reaper.
 

JTHOMP

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Grim reaper is broad. Do you know which broad head he was using? They’re well known for mechanical broadheads but have an assortment of mechanical, fixed blade, and hybrids. I’m looking at pulling the trigger and buying the fixed blade micro hades.
 

Redside

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I lost a bull the year before last using a Rocket Steelhead. Back when most my bow hunting was for deer sized game I was a big fan of mechs, but I swore them off and went with Viper Tricks. I always like to stability in flight and lack wind plane you get with mechs, but penetration is hugely important on elk. If I decide to try mechanicals again, I might just go with Grim Reaper.
Just killed a bull on Sat with viper tricks, you can have confidence in them as well. Took out a chunk of rib and went right through him. One of my hunting partners thought I had missed because the arrow flew off into oblivion, didn't find it. I like them and they tune well for me out to 60yrds (as far as I've shot the broadhead) It's not all about the head either, my setup is 70lbs, 260fps, 485gr arrow. Did you happen to ask the hunter what his full setup was? That can make a big difference.
 
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