Crossbows are being designed to be faster and faster, and often mechanical tips made for bows aren't built to withstand the force and speeds that crossbows deliver. Rage listened to its followers and decided to fix that problem.
Upon further examination, you'll notice there's a red shock collar which is newly designed to take speeds of up to 450 feet per second but is still delicate enough to release upon impact with the target immediately and is extremely effective.
This broadhead features the same solid steel ferrule and wide cutting diameter that was loved and praised on the original Hypodermic, which makes it one of the toughest competitors on the market.
This crossbow broadhead has all features we loved about the original Rage Hypodermic. Nothing was sacrificed to make this every bit as high of a quality broadhead as its predecessor.
First, notice the durable stainless steel ferrule. Many cheaper competitors try to get away with aluminum, which can be a little lighter but is easily bent or broken, rendering the head useless. These stainless steel ferrules can withstand impact with hard rock literally.
This feature is especially important when you're dealing with the high impact speeds of crossbow fire. Crossbow bolts are often flying 50% faster than the average arrow shot from a bow. Using anything other than high-quality steel would result in a lot of broken heads.
Another great feature that certainly wasn’t lost on this upgrade was the accuracy and aerodynamics of the Rage broadhead. Rage uses their patented Ferrule Alignment Technology (F.A.T), which aligns the broadhead with the average circumference of a crossbow bolt. This greatly reduced wind drag and allows for a far straighter flight.
Of course, we can't go without mentioning the extra wide cutting edge blade. Upon impact, the shock collar releases the blades to a full two-inch wide span. One of the things we have to consider when dealing with crossbows is that the bolts can process a lot of energy straight out of the box, but they do lose their energy as they fly further due to their short and compact design.
The two-inch cutting diameter ensures that you are still getting great penetration even at those further yardages.
About the blades, perhaps the greatest upgrade, lies with their patented High Energy Shock Collar. Before this design, it was very uncommon to see mechanical broadheads being used by crossbow hunters.
Most crossbow bolts begin their flight at incredibly high speeds that would break through the standard shock collars or weaker locking mechanisms offered by other brands. Rage addressed this problem by significantly beefing up their existing collar with the strength to withstand the high speeds, but with just enough tensile flexibility to snap on contact with the target.
This Shock Collar along with the Ferrule Alignment Technology are the two major innovations that the engineers at Rage labored to implement, and in my opinion, they did a great job.
So in review, the things I appreciate most about the Rage Hypodermic Crossbow Broadhead:
I really cannot come up with any significant detractors from this product. It truly is the leader in its field, and I haven’t found a single competing crossbow broadhead that can consistently perform at the level which these do.
The maintenance on these, as with any other mechanical head is going to be a little more costly and require more effort to install or remove the blades.
There have been a few scattered reports of blades not opening, but these are rare occurrences and overwhelmingly occur when people are using broadheads that have been priorly damaged or worse, come into possession of fake Chinese knockoffs (which are known for their abysmal performance).
The public opinion for the Rage Hypodermic Crossbow is overwhelmingly positive. Many of the tightest reviews may come from those who said that their target dropped on the spot or ran less than 10 yards away.
Others loved the “surgical precision” of the entry and exit wounds which leave large blood trails that “even a blind man could follow” which makes for quick hikes.
People say that they are incredibly accurate, and shoot extremely tight groups
If you hunt with a crossbow, you need this. I can’t understate this enough. Many brands simply relabel their traditional broadheads meant for use with bows as crossbow heads, and users are often disappointed to find that they underperform and don't offer the same quality they've come to expect for bow hunting.
Rage took the extra time and effort to design a broadhead meant exclusively for crossbows. They've always been known for leading the evolution in mechanical broadheads, but they've outdone themselves with this particular model.
Like most of the Rage models, expect to shell out more than you would for a cheaper brand like Muzzy, but don't let that deter you. These broadheads are worth every extra dime spent on them, and will serve you well for a long time to come. If you want an extra edge on your next hunting excusion, be sure to use an arrow that gives you that competitive advantage.