THIS IS AN EXCERPT FROM JASON REID'S REVIEW ON AMMOLAND.
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Filtering through the timber’s broken canopy, the sun’s shadows bounced off of the young bull’s body which created a kaleidoscope like effect in my mind as he dodged each blow-down with grace.
He stopped and looked right at me before the two trees I needed for draw cover. This is where so many hunts are blown.
The final card of the house placed on the table with the question, who will flinch first?
I thought for sure it was over, but he put his head down and kept walking. When his head passed those two pine trees, my bow was weightless, my string found its anchor point. Complete confidence in every aspect of my equipment. When the bull wheeled, I knew in my heart it was over. Finding my dad 80 yards behind me I broke into a bubbling mess of surging adrenaline when he told me to shut up for a second. No sooner had I shut my mouth, the all telling crash ricocheted off the timber. Two loud cracks were followed by the loudest smashing of branches I’ve ever heard. Less than a minute after taking the shot I was realizing a six year journey was a blood trail away.
The 700 pounds of mountain muscle made it 30 yards from the spot of the shot.
Shot placement on elk is a widely discussed topic and for good reason. These animals will not give up even on the greatest of shots. Despite knowing you are supposed to steer clear of the front shoulder of an elk, I’d hit this bull squarely through the front shoulder, cutting through the top of the heart. The arrow made it to the fletchings on the opposite shoulder before he broke the arrow off.
I chose to hunt with a different broadhead this season, branching from other broadheads I’d shot in years past, choosing the two blade Solid Broadhead Legend 100 grain after looking into a handful of broadheads for the trip. After a full season of use, here are my honest thoughts and recommendations.
Solid Broadhead Legend 100 grain Profile:
One of my main concerns with some of the fixed blades on the market is their size. With a faster shooting bow, I found my arrows drifting with the larger fixed broadheads. With Solid I liked how sleek and low profile the broad heads are built. In my pre-season long distance shooting, I found close to none if any drift left to right. My confidence and accuracy improved at 50 yards and beyond.
According to their website, “Our broadheads are designed to an exacting coefficient of accuracy. Testing ensures adherence to strict aerodynamic principles.”
While this may be a bit much for the regular bowhunter, one look at these broadheads and you can see how it is machined for maximum accuracy.
Solid Broadhead Legend 100 grain materials:
This brings me to my next point of consideration. For me, the higher quality the machining, and fewer moving parts, the better. What kind of metal is used? S30V Steel is used for this line.
What exactly does this mean for the regular bowhunter?
S30V is a classification of steel which was developed for the cutlery industry. This steel has a very refined grain, further improving the sharpness and toughness. Researching the chemistry of this steel is enough to blow your mind, but lends itself to the reason my shot passed through both front shoulders of the bull.
Solid Broadhead Legend 100 grain Construction:
The Solid Broadhead Legend line is built with curved Samurai Blades and two bleeder blades in the middle to increase penetration. Both blades are locked together with a small screw which initially worried me. But after a summer of shooting, I found its construction alleviated my initial concerns with how effortlessly my arrows were flying. The curved blade design tuns some people off since it is not what we are used to seeing. For me, I did not mind the curved design, but was a believer in the total construction after killing the bull. The Solid Broadhead Legend held and the bruising around the entrance and exit holes was the best I have ever seen on a bow kill.
Solid Broadhead Legend 100 grain Sharpness:
This is what most of us really care about and look for in a broadhead. Going back to S30V steel, this particular steel is easier to sharpen and the Solid Broadhead brand boasts razor thin cut-on-impact blades. One of my frustrations with other blades is trying to re-sharpen blades. I’ve struggled to regain an edge with other broadheads after using, which is why I was attracted to this line in the first place. However, I did hit pure bone on my bull which chipped the head significantly.
The team at Solid Broadheads even asked me what happened. I just said, “It did its job and killed the bull in less than 60 seconds, I don’t expect any head to fully survive an elk shoulder.”
Regardless of some chipping on the blades, the head still has a sharp edge. Without hitting the heaviest bones these broadheads are hardly scratched.
My final conclusion is simple. If you are committed to bowhunting excellence this line is worth the investment. Yes, because of the steel, the price is much higher, but you are buying a reliable piece of equipment.
At $129.00 retail, it maybe a lot to spend on three broadheads, but I don’t like cutting corners with my gear, just Elk hearts.