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Ideal shot placement for deer

Discussion in 'Hunting' started by Kachok, Dec 6, 2012.

  1. Kachok

    Kachok Well-Known Member

    Like many on this forum I have been hunting deer for some time, I have am a pretty good shot on the bench and in the field. I have long considered the perfect shot to be a clean broadside 1-2" behind the shoulder half way up and this has served me well taking out both lungs without tearing up any meat, but I would like to hear what others consider to be their perfect shot for quick kills on deer, especially you fellow meat hunters.
  2. R.W.Dale

    R.W.Dale Well-Known Member

    It kinda depends on what I'm hunting with it where.

    High impact speeds with faster expansion or smaller calibers a heart lung is fine and tends to be quite efficient at anchoring game.

    Slower expansion heavier bullets at lower speeds and or where DRT is more important due to terrain or property boundaries I will move to the shoulder for quick immobility.

    IMO its far too easy to loose the entire deer when you start to get to focused on meat loss and if you haven't had a deer run on a heart lung shot then you simply haven't shot enough deer.

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  3. Patocazador

    Patocazador Well-Known Member

    If everything is ideal and the deer is less than 100 yards, I'll shoot it in the neck. I don't eat necks anymore with all the new diseases of the CNS so no meat is wasted from my standpoint. The best thing is no tracking involved.
  4. BigN

    BigN Well-Known Member

    22-250 right behind the ear

    VAPOPO Well-Known Member

    Neck if I get a clean shot, the boiler room is the 2nd fav.
  6. tikka-guy

    tikka-guy Well-Known Member

    I tend to aim a little lower than halfway up. Maybe 1/4 or 1/3 of the way up? I've seen deer get shot in the upper half of their body and barely bleed, and not die - at least not in any reasonable amount of time. I try to stay away from that area as best I can.

    I've taken a couple of neck shots, with DRT results, but I've always been nervous about those. What is it a about a neck shot that makes this happen? Do you have to hit the spine for those results, or are most neck shots good shots? I guess I've mostly avoided them just because I don't know exactly where on the neck to aim.
  7. T.R.

    T.R. Well-Known Member

    This illustration shows where I aim for BANG-flop performance.


  8. Grumulkin

    Grumulkin Well-Known Member

    I like neck shots.
  9. utbrowningman

    utbrowningman Well-Known Member

    I put my shot an inch or two above the mark on the diagram. Deer took a few steps then dropped. 100 yards with a Federal soft point 150 grain from a .30-06.
  10. Art Eatman

    Art Eatman Administrator Staff Member

    If it's inside 200 yards, I like the neck shot. But, depending on circumstance, the cross-body shot into the heart/lung works nicely.

    I gotta admit I'd be less picky on a really big bragging buck. :D
  11. Kahr33556

    Kahr33556 Well-Known Member

    break both front shoulders no tracking
  12. MCgunner

    MCgunner Well-Known Member

    What he said, especially the last paragraph! I need not respond. :D
  13. MCgunner

    MCgunner Well-Known Member

    What? I bone out the neck meat for chili. I love my chili, but that's probably a Texas thing. Heck, I bone out most of everything except the tenderloins, back straps and a couple of rump roasts for the crock pot. I stuff my own sausage, make chili meat, and do jerky with the rest. My meat grinder does get used. :D

    OTOH, if I waste some shoulder meat to get a clean DRT, so what? I ain't gonna run out of meat, trust me. He won't be the only thing in the freezer during the year, not with all the hogs we have down here and no season or limit on 'em. I kinda like the deer I kill for jerky. Don't do that with pigs....which really do have parasites on occasion and must be cooked thoroughly.
  14. WayBeau

    WayBeau Well-Known Member

    Big bucks get it where the mark is on the diagram. Does get it in the neck.
  15. .333 Nitro Express

    .333 Nitro Express Well-Known Member

    I always imagine a rounded loaf of bread suspended in their bodies, between their shoulders. Whatever the angle (I don't always get a picture-perfect broadside shot, alas), I aim for that imaginary inner loaf of bread, rather than for any 2-dimensional spot on their hide.
    Last edited: Dec 6, 2012
  16. DM~

    DM~ Well-Known Member

    That's a fact! Deer shot in the heard/lungs almost always run, some quite a long ways!

    I shoot them in the shoulder, or take a frontal center chest shot, it drops them right there, i couldn't care less about looseing a couple pounds of shoulder meat!

    Plus, most times, any deer with the one i shot, will stand around letting me make a double, like these two,


    Several deer came out, dropped the first one, and the others ran a few yards and stopped, trying to figure out where the shot came from. I then dropped the second one.

    They won't stand around if the one shot takes off running!

  17. W.E.G.

    W.E.G. Well-Known Member

    Aim for the chest?

    I find that deer usually don't cooperate in providing the ideal shot-angle.

    I like a bullet that is heavy enough to reach the vitals from any angle, and which will make an entry AND EXIT wound from any angle.

    This guarantees a quickly dead deer almost without exception.

    ADKWOODSMAN Well-Known Member

    You want a bullet that will give and entry and exit hole as stated above, no matter the angle.
  19. Kachok

    Kachok Well-Known Member

    Is the double lung shot really that bad?!?! If so I should play the lotto because I am on a really lucky streak, never had a deer make it far at all. Every time I shot square through the shoulders I had half the meat gunshot with my 7mm Rem Mag.
  20. DM~

    DM~ Well-Known Member

    Is that question aimed at me?

    If so, now you know why i don't have to put up with the recoil and muzzle blast of a 7 mag.. I'll add that, i happen to like the 7 Rem. mag., i just don't need it or any big magnum to kill a deer. And yes, long ago i hunted with a 7 mag. quite a bit.


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