Discussion in 'Hunting' started by nathan, Nov 26, 2008.
Where Bang marked, but maybe just a shade toward the rear so as to miss the shoulder.
Well..I like to try to disable their limbs to prevent having to track it...
I shoot for that same place as well.
I was taught a trick when I was young by my dad. Being young, you tend to get nervous. He taught me to start out aiming at the bottom of the leg (yea, basically the ground), and work your way straight up the front leg as you're breathing to relax, and give yourself a couple seconds to calm your nerves and focus. As you get up to the top of the leg to the shoulder - by then your breathing should be even - and you're generally right in line for a good shot. Just relax and squeeze the trigger.
Worked every time
Thats a good technique from your dad.
bangbang has it about right i would go towards the top of the circle to get the top of the heart and the major blood vessels and the lungs in one.
I like to aim for the lower lungs and also try for the major plumbing above the heart. For bear, I'll take the same shot, except on a bear, the vitals are slung a little lower. For elk, I'm a shoulder shot kind of guy.
I basically aim for the same place, but I prefer the shot quartering away. Aiming behind the near shoulder coming out the front of the chest. No waste of meat, and usually bang flop. I have taken the reverse shot in in front of front shoulder out behind rear shoulder but never felt as comfortable with it. Of course things to always work out that way, and I have taken a couple of neck shots, as well as a couple straight through both shoulders, but again if things were perfect thats my preference.
BTW my grandpa taught me the opposite. Aim right above the target (whatever it is) and lower the cross hairs as you expel your breath. Hold where you want and squeeze the trigger. Has always worked well for me.
What about a neck shot it puts them down every time ?
If Bambi is a nice, happy, standing-around buck, my preference is to bust his neck about one-third of the way back from his head. If he's walking along, I'll go for the heart/lung shot. On an angling shot I generally try to get the bullet into the heart/lung area.
If he's in a hurry to not be there, it's sorta "All bets are off." The deal there is to lead him enough so you hit him up front and not in the guts. So far, so good. The easiest is if he's running across your path, as long as you keep the crosshairs out in front of his nose. I'll pass those from-behind shots.
Ha Jk. For the heart of course.
You could do like one of my relatives did(by accident). Shoot the antlers off. It actually killed the deer...busted it's skull.
Texas Heart Shot.
My buddy saw a guy last year come to the check station with a dead buck, but no bullet hole in him, but a broken off antler - the bullet hit the antler and broke it, and apparently a shock wave was sent through the head into the brain, killing it.
But the answer is upper neck - I don't have the know-how to draw a circle and post my answer pictorially.
BTW , how do you do that put a circle on the pic ? Whats the steps ? thanks
Okay, I'm convinced. I'm aiming for the antlers on my next big game hunt.
If it doesn't work, don't blame me!
Normally I would shoot just behind the front shoulder as to hit the lungs and/or heart. I butcher my own and like to use all the meat in the shoulders so I don't like taking shoulder shots and I always aim a bit back to get just the lungs. Which is what I did to a doe last Friday at 45 yards.
But last week while shotgun hunting here in my home state of Illinois on my farm a little spike buck kept tempting me to shoot him. I shoot an H&R ultra slug Hunter in 20 gauge with a 24" heavy rifled barrel with a 1 1/4" group at 100 yards, so I put one right through the side of his head at 25 yards dead center between his eye and ear, surprisingly the slug did not exit and fragmented so violently it was not able to be recovered (wife dug around in the mush inside it's head and pulled out a pile of lead fragments). After seeing the immediate stop drop and flop effect I will be doing this any and all chances I get in the future. No meat ruined, instant kill and no tracking.
well heres my 2cents.id aim for neck first but if not then shoulder
Head or neck...Aiming for the heart tears up too much shoulder meat. Although if It's on the move then I'll get the heart.
ya i never aim for the head anymore.I shot a little fawn last year and accidentally hit it right in the side of the head.Gun was a 45/70 using 405gr.There wasnt much left
Heart/lungs. They may run, but it'll be running dead. I found that out this last hunt.
I usually go for head shots, but where I hunt you're pretty close (30-40 yards tops usually)
I suspect if the distances were typically farther I'd be more inclined to take body shots.
If they are close with open sights, I would try a head shot. Close is under 50 yards. Farther out I aim behind the shoulder. Most of my rifles shoot above the front blade so I hold six-oclock.
I've killed deer with Krag, 1903A3, Garand, Jap T44, Swede M38, Arg 1909 Carbine, Arg 1891 Carbines, M1 Carbine, K98, P17, Swiss K31. This year I shot a doe with a 1903A3 with a newer C stock and wide front blade.
All of those rifles were one-shot kills with no lost deer.
Shot a nice 8-point 160 field-dressed buck left-handed out of a tree the day before Thanksgiving with a scoped Ruger #1 7X57. Dead on the spot. 130 yards out. 130 Sierra Gameking on 44gr Varget in a Lapua case. Quartering front shot as he turned away. Bullet jacket was under the skin on the far side behind the shoulder.
Headshots or anything in front of the diaphram. I've noticed pure heart shots tend to run a little but about four inches under the backbone they drop on the spot.
Breaking out the old rifles for some doetags now that the buck is gone. Might go back to the Krag or the Swede M38 next. Wish I had one of those cute Swedish Carbines. Friend of mine is offering to loan me his Jap 7.7.
All this shooting in the last three seasons, so new enough data.
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