Grim reaper Broadhead

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Is anyone using the grim reaper razor tip whitetail special Broadhead ? I shot a doe this weekend and the blades didn’t open and never recovered the doe I tracked it with little blood till I lost the trail. Anyone else have the same problem? Am shooting a Matthews halon 6 with 70lbs.
 
I decided to try something new and make a switch from Shwacker to Grim reaper. I shot a hog just like i would with shwacker and had little to no penetration plus had broken blade completely off. Need less to say i am sticking with shwacker flys like a field point and cuts like a razor. I never found the hog.

I shot a Mathews creed XS. 65lbs

Also bought the off brand shwacker to compare and performs just a like.
 

OmenHonkey

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Is anyone using the grim reaper razor tip whitetail special Broadhead ? I shot a doe this weekend and the blades didn’t open and never recovered the doe I tracked it with little blood till I lost the trail. Anyone else have the same problem? Am shooting a Matthews halon 6 with 70lbs.
Did you get a pass thru? If so, did it stick in the dirt after the shot? If so, when you pull the arrow out of the dirt the blades close back. I use GR broadheads and have never had 1 fail. If i lose a deer it's due to MY shot placement.
 
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Yea I got a pass thru and didn’t think about when I pulled the arrow out the ground. But my shot was good I was 15 yards away. I would of thought I would have a lot of blood but my blood trail was small to only drops. So that’s what makes me think the blades didn’t open. Plus I used some printing paper and it still didn’t open.
 

catch22

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I Used them for several years and never had a fail. Id venture a guess that the broadhead opened and the shot wasnt exactly where you wanted it.

Even if it hadnt opened and it went through the heart or lungs youd have a dead deer IMO
 
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Yea I guess I’ll give them another try but I was amazed by how far I tracked the trail and never found her, the trail never ended. I never had that happen with the rage I used even if I had a bad shot.
 

OmenHonkey

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I'm not sure its possible for one NOT to open with how they are designed. Simply make sure the cup and blades are lined up and I always open them by hand to ensure they open easily. Upon closing, they have a spring that snaps them back.
This ^^^ You have to do your part with any piece of Equipment. I lost a doe 2 weeks ago. But, I know it was my fault.
 
Ive been shooting the Grimm reaper 1 3/4 for 2 years and haven’t had an issue yet. As stated by fountain make sure the blades and cup are lined up properly. Once you screw them in the arrow make sure you don’t tighten them down too tight. If you tighten them down too much it will make them much harder to open. Check them with your finger and they should only take minimum pressure to open.
 
If I recall right they snap back closed after a pass through by design. Never had an issue with them when I was shooting them. Look at the cup and see if the blade slots are gouged a little from the blades slamming open. Bad shot would be my guess....it happens.
 

fountain

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Yep..the cup will reveal if it indeed did open or not. Check it over well and you should see some small marks on it from where the blades hit it when they opened. Let us k ow what you find there
 
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Thank you for all the advice. I’ll shoot a milk jug later his week with water to see. But I do know she was 15 yards and saw the arrow hit in a good spot maybe a little back more than I wanted it but still confident of my shot. I was still stunned the arrow didn’t have much blood and the blood trail was not much. That’s what made me think maybe the blades didn’t open. If they deployed I would of think there would be blood all over the place.
 
Thank you for all the advice. I’ll shoot a milk jug later his week with water to see. But I do know she was 15 yards and saw the arrow hit in a good spot maybe a little back more than I wanted it but still confident of my shot. I was still stunned the arrow didn’t have much blood and the blood trail was not much. That’s what made me think maybe the blades didn’t open. If they deployed I would of think there would be blood all over the place.
This happened to me opening night with a Slick Trick (fixed blade). No blood for 80 yards and minimal on the arrow. Found the nice buck the next morning grid searching the swamp. 30 yards around where he died was covered in blood. Never had anything like it. That was a heart shot a smidge forward. Now as far as Grim Reapers go, many people have had trouble understanding the design. I have never had or seen one fail first hand. I've heard many people talk about blades not opening due to the spring back design. When you do your milk jug testing, keep in mind the thin flimsy plastic may not be enough resistance to open the blades. Use some duct tape and tape a piece of leather on either side of the jug to help with that. Double check your bow and make sure it's shooting correctly. I made the mistake many years ago and lost 2 P&Y bucks a day apart because something happened and my sight got messed up. I was hitting 9 inches forward and 8 inches low at 15 yards. Those fortunately were the only deer I've ever lost due to equipment problems and lack of due diligence on my part. Others were all bad shots on my part. If you hunt enough you will lose a deer. It happens and it sucks. I have become very skilled in tracking simply through studying what others have put out whether on YouTube or many books and articles over the years and practical application of what I learned. The more deer you track the more you learn to think like a wounded deer, and that they are almost all very similar in actions and dying decisions. Every deer that received one of my Grim Reaper broadheads only had a few seconds to make those decisions and they were not all good shots. I was shooting the 1 3/4 at the time.
 

fountain

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Thank you for all the advice. I’ll shoot a milk jug later his week with water to see. But I do know she was 15 yards and saw the arrow hit in a good spot maybe a little back more than I wanted it but still confident of my shot. I was still stunned the arrow didn’t have much blood and the blood trail was not much. That’s what made me think maybe the blades didn’t open. If they deployed I would of think there would be blood all over the place.
No need to keep shooting to "test" them. You're wasting good, sharp broadheads. Simply look at the collar on the one you shot over the weekend for confirmation that it did/did not open properly. Post a pic of the collar if you can. In the mean time, go over your other arrows and ensure that the blades are sitting in the grooves in the collar and that they open easily when you pull then back. Make sure they snap back closed and you are good to go. I really dont see any way that they cant open. The holes could have been clogged by gut if you think it was further back
 
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So for some reason it’s not letting me post the pics. But after listening to everyone and looked at the broad heads closer am thinking more that they did open and due to the springs they snapped back closed and I may of not gave the deer enough time to die and I kept kicking it up when I was tracking. But when their off the arrow the blades are super easy to open by finger. But when I put them on they take some more force to open and they are inline with the groves. So is that normal or do I might have them to thight ?
 
You don't have them screwed on too tight. I'm sure it opened. Sounds like shot placement was the deceiving point. I'd be more inclined to say you hit the deer back, possibly in the guts, which wipes a lot of the blood clean. How'd the arrow look again?
 
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You don't have them screwed on too tight. I'm sure it opened. Sounds like shot placement was the deceiving point. I'd be more inclined to say you hit the deer back, possibly in the guts, which wipes a lot of the blood clean. How'd the arrow look again?
Looked pretty clean just a little blood and some hair on the fletching but it did have a gut smell but no fluid or so whatever. Only way I found the first sign or blood was when I walk the trail she went on.
 
Sounds like a gut shot to me, and you had some belly hair still on it. Nevertheless, the deer died. Likely would have bedded within 100 yards of being shot, and expired within 6-10 hours if undisturbed.
 
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