I do not use the Excalibur "stock" bolts, as they seem to be designed more for a 150 gr head.
I'm using the recommended bolts from Wyvern Creations, which are balanced weighted for 100 gr heads.
I've experimented with a small variety of heads,
but believe I'm going to be sticking with the standard (original) Slick Trick 100 gr head.
Although this head is only 1" in diameter, is is a 4-blade head, with a lot of cutting edge for its diameter. NOTHING flies better or carries better downrange (at least among fixed heads).
I like the Slick Tricks because they are very durable, fail-proof, and proven.
Some prefer mechanicals mainly in case of a poor shot placement (such as too far back, gut shot, etc.).
I prefer fixed because they are more inclined to bust thru a shoulder or spine if I shoot high, or maybe should I just center the front leg bone.
And, with fixed, simply less to go wrong, such as blades coming loose, breaking on impact, etc.
Double lung the deer, get a complete pass-thru, and the particular broadhead used seems to matter little.
I have more faith in these small fixed blades for this to ALWAYS happen.
I have friends who prefer the Slick Trick Magnums with their larger 1 1/8" diameter,
but I believe the 1" standard is adequate with the advantage of maintaining it's accuracy better when hitting small twigs, and is a better bone-penetrating head due to it's smaller size. IMO, increasing the odds for a complete pass-thru is higher priority than a tad more cutting edge.
If a mechanical head simply nicks something, like a leaf stem, it may partially open in flight, causing it to fly way off target. Small fixed heads are effected less should they nick something in flight.
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