The birth of the Rage 40KE
With the overwhelming popularity of the original Rage broadhead paving its way, the 40KE stormed onto the market early in 2009. The design was the same, but the functionality was different. The original Rage, not thought of as a pass-through broadhead, was designed to create huge entry holes. With the smaller cutting diameter and only taking 40 lbs. of kinetic energy to deploy, the 40KE has founds its place in the Rage line. This design caters to hunters shooting higher weight or those going after the "biggest" game.
Why shoot a 40KE?
The smaller cutting diameter of this head is what really got me. There's nothing wrong with the 2", but I think the chances of getting a complete pass through are much better with the 1-1/2". I like the idea of a huge entry hole, but I like the idea of a big entry and big exit hole more.
Flies just like a field tip
Field-point accuracy out of a broadhead usually requires proper tuning. First, you must ensure that all of the working elements on your bow are in tune with each other, including the arrows. Things like centershot, paper tuning and checking the alignment of the blades with your vanes should be considered when you're setting up your broadheads. However, I can say that this head really does fly like a field tip with little to no tuning.
I used the included practice tip and I consistently hit the target in the same spot out to 30 yds. I didn't back any farther because I never take shots from more than 30 yds. when I'm in the stand. But I have no doubt that the accuracy would have remained consistent.
Incredible in-the-field performance
The moment was finally here. I rattled and grunted a monster buck in to 14 yds. and I waited for him to step behind a tree so I could draw back. I settled my pin in, bleated to make him stop, and released. Before I knew it, I heard the "thwack", watched the arrow disappear into the big buck's side and stick in the ground behind him. He spun and ran back down the trail from which he came. As I watched him run away, I could see blood coming out both sides. He made it 40 yds. before he stumbled. He got back up, ran another 20 and expired.
I sat in the stand, shaking, breathing heavy, and started texting all my buddies, sharing the news with them. I just arrowed my biggest buck to date and, needless to say, I know the Rage 40KE played a huge role in my success.