I have used both. Spitfire is real good in every scenario except the hard quartering shot. Rage has a slightly shakey blade retention device. I also had one break at the o-ring groove, and lost that buck (last month). And I had one only penetrate 3" into the neck of a big mule deer (last week). But I also killed two other mule deer bucks, in past years, that were on the ground in less than 50 yards with massive blood trails.
I would like to see a deflection from one,I always hear fixed head users have it happen to them but after 8 years with spitfires and rocket steelheads and probably 20 deer between my buddy and I,I have'nt seen one..
Ive shot both, spitfires for 4 yrs and had 100% kill/recovery with them. However Pass thru's where few and far between. Tried the Rage two different seasons now, 100% kil/recovery rate as well. But Never had Pass thru's at all and the broadhead was smoked when used. So I switched back to fixed heads. But If I had to choose one it would be the spit fire.
I have used Spitfires and the 3-blade Rage. I won't use Rage again - deflections and one shot at 30 yards that was so far off my aim I don't think it was possible without a blade opening up. That said, all 3 Rage shots were kills.
I've never a problem with the Spitfires - great holes, fly true. That said, once I finish my Spitfire replacement blade inventory I will shoot only fixed blades (Thunderheads and SlickTricks) - they fly where I want them to fly (field point accuracy) and have no loss of KE.
I have heard less horror stories from Spitfire users vs the Rage. I think that if the user is patient, and puts the head where it should go they should be the same. My choice is for a fixed blade that I do not have to worry about the what ifs. Good luck with whatever you feel confident with
I shot one buck with a Rage and one buck with a Spitfire this year.First time with both heads.The Rage kill,22 yds slight quartering away.Full penetration,not a pass through.Decent blood trail I wasnt really impressed.The spitfire kill 28 yd slight quartering away also.Complete pass through broke a rib on the way out.Great blood trail instantly.Both deer were taken with a 60lb pse bowmadness maxed out from a treestand.Both were decent sized bucks.I will definetly use Spitfires again.
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