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EVALUATION: Rocky Mountain Turbo
By Dave Conrad
Mar 30, 2005, 10:31

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FIELD TEST: Rocky Mountain Turbo Broadhead

Rocky Mountain Turbo Broadhead

With a number of new broadheads hitting the market each year how do you know which is right for you? Fixed heads have fewer parts and therefore “less that could go wrong”. Mechanicals on the other hand allow you the confidence of no planning or erratic flight from protruding blades. Rocky Mountain has introduced a head that incorporates a fixed head design with a small but yet lethal cutting diameter allowing it to cut beautifully through the air.

A compact solid stainless steel body is the foundation of the new Turbo Broadhead from Rocky Mountain. The three blade head incorporates a unique bi-directional design. It features an offset technology allowing the archer to match the corresponding angle of the blade to his or her arrow fletching. For right helical or offset the blade will be flat against the ferrule on the left side and the opposite is true for left helical or offset.
Turbo Left
Turbo Right

The key to this technology is the three cuts made in the stainless steel ferrule. The cuts are at right angles to the ferrule and run from where the arrow seats to approximately one quarter inch from the tip. The .030” blade is then inserted into the tip with the straight edge along the ferrule and secured in place at the base by a .050” hex screw. My tests confirmed this to be an excellent design as the Tri-Cut tip is a single solid component resulting in fewer pieces to fail compared to a multiple piece screw on type tip.

Mounting the broadhead and test spinning confirmed a perfect alignment on the Easton ACC 3-60 shaft. Next the Turbo was shot repeatedly from a distance of 20 yards into a compressed foam target. Accuracy was excellent as groupings consistently were held under two inches. Now a foam target is one thing but how would this head perform in the field under real hunting conditions. I didn’t have to wait long as I planned a late season Ohio bowhunt to fill my final doe permit.

The evening hunt was a cold one with temperature hovering in the low 20s. Action was immediate as on the way to my stand I spied several does as well as three turkeys, each sporting heavy beards. I quickly thought of warm spring turkey season and hopefully catching one of these birds with an arrow. An inhale of cold air quickly brought me back to the chilly late season challenge. As I settled into my stand I checked my setup which included a new Turbo broadhead that was checked earlier in the day and once again spun true. Amazingly the action the next hour and a half was slow with only a button buck walking slowly and grazing directly below my stand. My antlerless permit was valid on this little fellow but today’s button buck will turn into a trophy within the next 4-5 years and good genes were known to run in this area.

As daylight was waning I was visited by a cardinal who’s color and voice reminded me as to why they are one of my favorite birds. After he left I could make out the unmistakable sound of hoof prints in the crisp snow. The echo through the pines that I was perched in combined with the fading shooting light made it difficult to determine where exactly the sound was coming from. I quickly picked up movement to my left as a mature doe came from behind an aging deadfall. She was followed by a yearling. She began browsing in the field not more than 25 yards from me. With daylight fading fast and as if on cue she turned broadside offering me a 23 yard shot as determined by my rangefinder. I quickly came to full draw and placed my 20 yard pin about a halfway up her chest, allowing for the angle from my 20 yard perch as she turned giving me a slightly quartering away shot.

Upon release the broadhead flew true catching the doe perfectly and completely passing through. The doe immediately took four big jumps, the last taking her over a fence and into the opposite woodlot. She stood perfectly still for a second before she staggered and fell. Trying to regain her balance she fell a second time and was still. I quickly and quietly said a prayer, thanking God for the harvest as well as for the quick and humane kill.

I then immediately lowered my bow and was on the way to retrieve my trophy. I purposely went to retrieve my arrow and inspect the blood trail. Surprising the blood trail was nothing more than a couple of drops, mostly from where she had bounded and landed with each leap. This doe had gone no more than fifteen yards from where she had been shot before expiring. The blood was more profound when I found the spot where she had first collapsed. She staggered maybe ten more feet more before she had expired. Once again a large amount of blood had collected where her final resting spot was. I could only come to the conclusion that her quick and desperate exit had limited the blood from the lethal wound.

The wound channel left from the Turbo had entered approximately 8” behind the right front leg and exited immediately behind the front left. Upon field dressing, the channel had taken out both lungs as well as the back portion of the heart. A huge amount of blood remained in the chest cavity. Once again I concluded this from the short distance of travel combined with the quick death.

As you can conclude I give the Rocky Mountain Turbo a seal of approval and will have no problem carrying them in my quiver on future hunts. Actually one of those Tom turkeys will make an excellent target as I return this spring for an early season archery hunt.

Performance 4.5 out of 5.0

The Turbo performed flawlessly in my range testing and continued that performance in the field.

Design 4.0 out of 5.0

While the Turbo is a compact head, it does have a 1 1/8” cutting diameter. This is a perfect size for smaller game such as whitetail but Barrie President Bruce Barrie has taken two elk with the Turbo, neither of which went more than 80 yards. This convinces me that the innovative design and solid stainless steel head, Tri-Cut tip and razor sharp.030” blade thickness make this a great, all-around head for all North American game. 

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