With their stout skeletal structure and infamous gristle plate protecting the vital area, feral hogs have a well-deserved reputation for being among the toughest game you can pursue with bow and arrow.
A summer 2011 hunt at Osceola Outfitters was an ideal place to conduct some extensive 'field testing' on Easton's new, ultra micro-diameter Injexion hunting arrows and Deep Six broadheads from New Archery Products.
With an outside diameter of just .236-inch, Injexion arrows feature a 20 percent smaller diameter than standard carbon shafts, yet their weight is comparable. The end result -- as proven on our hog hunt -- is an arrow that possesses tremendous strength and packs a powerful punch for downrange targets.
Laboratory testing using the Injexion shafts and Deep Six broadheads is impressive, showing 56 percent more kinetic energy than standard arrows at a range of 40 yards and up to 31 percent greater target penetration. Injexion shafts also boast 25 percent less wind drift due to their reduced surface area and 32 percent greater impact resistance thanks to their strong, thick-walled construction.
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Those statistics are interesting, but the true test of any product is how it performs in the field. During my hunt, I shot Easton A/C Injexion 330 shafts and NAP's 100-grain, Big Nasty broadheads. The Big Nasty is an all-steel, three-blade, cut-on-contact design with a 1€‰1„8-inch cutting diameter. It's also the world's first over-the-shaft broadhead, meaning it actually slides down over the end of your arrow before screwing into the insert. That not only greatly increases the strength of the head but boosts accuracy by eliminating broadhead/shaft alignment issues.
My finished arrow weight was 422 grains, and I was shooting them from a Hoyt Maxxis 32 with a 29-inch draw length and 62-pound draw weight. I had exit wounds on all three of the boars I shot and complete pass-throughs on two of them.
I was impressed enough with the performance of the Injexion/Big Nasty combination that I continued to use it on my 2011 fall hunts, taking Pope and Young-class whitetail bucks in Illinois and Texas.
For more information, visit www.deepsix.info