I am going to be hunting out west for the first time this fall, as those who have seen my other thread know. I have hunted whitetails all my life and being a midwest whitetail hunter, I have been in the center of the debate about "mechanical vs fixed". Personally, I have always used fixed Slick Trick heads and have seen pass throughs on every deer I have shot with great blood trails, none of which have been more than 70 yards. I have also seen guys I hunt with have a great deal of success with Rage heads and some crazy blood trails, but I have also seen those same guys lose many deer due to a failure to open, bad shots, or stopping the instant they hit bone. My general consensus after spending some time reading is fixed blade is the way to go, especially on western big game such as elk or mule deer. I my bow is set at 29", 65# now. I hope to be pulling 70# at some point in the future. I also understand pass throughs are not required for a kill, but they sure help to kill an animal quickly and track it. Just wanted to make sure I'm on the right track here. Thanks!