Back around the first of July, 2016 I had a quick phone call with Thom Jorgensen as he was driving from Michigan to South Carolina. Thom was making one of his regular treks to “Wild Things” in South Carolina. Thom informed me that this trip was primarily to be spent helping Andrew, owner of Wild Things, by moving some stands, feeders and blinds for the upcoming fall hunting season. Yet, he was hoping to spend a little time looking for some bacon and specifically to try out the new Single Bevel Magnus broadhead offered by Simply Traditional. Immediately I reminded Thom that to my knowledge no one had hunted with one of these new heads yet and it would be very cool if he were the first to take an animal with one since it was a discussion with Thom in 2015 that led me to speak with Thunder Valley about a Single Bevel offering. Our call ended early due to poor cell service but I wished Thom luck and went back to work.
The next evening my phone rang and when I looked at the screen and saw it was Thom I was pretty sure this was going to be good news. I answered to an excited Thom on the other end, he quickly informed me that he had indeed shot a hog with the Magnus and I anxiously awaited the outcome since I knew the temps that day had been in the low 100s where Thom was in South Carolina.
I will let you read the report from Thom in his own words from the email he sent me a week later.
I am very happy to announce that I have had an opportunity to use the new single bevel Magnus head on live game, and it exceeded my expectations! I plan to write a story about the hunt itself at a later date, so I will be sticking to the raw facts of the tackle and its performance in the report below.
The head used was the Left Bevel 150 grain Magnus Classic from your store. I created a Tanto Tip with a small file by hand, otherwise the head was unmodified. I used JB Weld to adhere the head to a custom 250 grain stainless steel insert/adapter combo from Jon Hand from Traditional Archery Solutions. That was in turn JB Welded into one of your Black Eagle Outlaw shafts in .300 spine. This particular arrow was fletched with four parabolic feathers measuring 4” long at 90 degrees. Total grain weight of the recovered arrow was 724 grains. I calculate the Forward Of Center at 28.4 percent using the AMO method. The day of the hunt I finished the edge by stropping on the top of my truck window after which I confirmed hair-popping sharpness with both sides of the blade before putting it into my quiver.
I shot the arrow from my 66” longbow, draw weight confirmed as 64 pounds at my 30.5” draw. Shot distance was 11 yards, taken from a 12 foot tall ladder stand. There was a string tracker used, but the spool has been used on previous game so there was no noticeable resistance influencing the arrow. The animal shot was a 155 pound boar feral pig.
The edge of the loin was severed before the arrow breached the rib cage just behind the diaphragm. There was no contact with the spine. The head sliced through the liver the entire path through the animal. The exit wound was slightly further back than the entrance and lower. The diaphragm was intact and no sign of any damage to either lung or the heart. The stomach did have a cut approximately two inches long.
The blood trail was much better than I expected after seeing my arrows point of impact. Good splashes were observed where the animal was standing when shot, and the trail was steady and improving with each step I followed it. Using mapping software and satellite images of the property, estimated recovery distance was 56 yards.
In summary, this was an unintentionally poor shot where the design of the head may very well have been the difference between success and failure. I pray we get to review some “double lung” results on some pronghorn antelope next month!
Congrats Thom on a fine hog and on the first animal taken with the Magnus Classic Single Bevel from Simply Traditional!!!!!