Shooting a Cow! Help!

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  1. Smokewagon45

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    In the ear. .32 or bigger.
     
  2. Rachen

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    I would say the brain.

    And not through the skull, but through the ear.

    BUT I WOULD DO IT STANDING BEHIND THE COW'S HEAD, SO WHEN THE PROJECTILE ENTERS THE BRAIN, IT WOULD TRAVEL TOWARDS THE FRONT OF THE HEAD, INSTEAD OF BACWARDS, ENTERING THE NECK, AND POSSIBLE BRINGING BITS AND FRAGMENTS OF THE BRAIN INTO THE BODY. WE HAVE ALL HEARD ABOUT SPONGIFORM ILLNESSES, AND EVEN IF THE ANIMAL IS HEALTHY, EATING BRAIN MATTER FROM ANYTHING IS NOT GOOD. IT IS A SAFETY PRECAUTION, WE SHOULD ALL FOLLOW, AND DUBIOUS, I THINK YOU SHOULD TAKE THIS INTO ACCOUNT BEFORE YOU GO AHEAD AND SLAUGHTER IT.

    It immediately puts the cow down and greatly reduces the chance of pain or unnecessary suffering. I read the "emergency euthanasia" site too, and it makes great sense, although the part about shooting into the skull is kind of tricky, especially with how rounds fired from a gun is unpredictable as to what it would do to the target. It is better to aim at the lower brain, right behind the ear of the animal.

    Shots to the respiratory or cardiac areas will also be sufficient to humanely put down the animal, as hunters, especially ones using muzzleloaders, always aim for the section where the shoulders and ribs are.

    HOWEVER, with a hollow point you wouldn't want to do that, since you are eating it afterwards, you wouldn't want fragments of the ribs to be imbedded into the meat.
     
  3. Red Tornado

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    C'mon, be a man! bogie had it on the first page...
    I'm sure we've all seen Apocalypse Now. There's a great demonstration near the end. Do it that way and post it on the Youtube. We'll all be grateful. :evil:
    RT
     
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    My vet-med courses at college always said draw an X between the eyes and ears, and aim for the center with a .22 rifle from about a foot away, same as the pamphlets say to do.

    I've never had to shoot a cow twice. Admittely, I'm a dairyfarmer, and we do try to avoid having to put any down, but when it's necessary, you do it quick and clean.

    By aiming center of the forehead, you hit the weakest point in the skull and punch into the central artery for the brain.

    The only exception to using a .22 is for really big steers and the buffalo a local hobby farmer sometimes has butchered at the local slaughterhouse. They typically use a .22 Magnum or a 9mm out of a Hi-point.
     
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    The hardcast heavy? This guy *IS* drunk. Don't do this, under any circumstances. It's idiotic advice. That load will go through multiple trees.
     
  7. Rachen

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    Hey Cannonball888, the thing the guy is holding in the last pic was orginally meant for slaughtering cows:) However, he is very creative with objects:evil:, if you know what I mean. That movie was awesome by the way. I am going to get a copy when the DVD comes out.
    Cormac McCarthy just completely OWNS the literary world.
     
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    as a kid I've seen it done. The trick is to NOT shoot directly between the eyes but up a little bit. I've seen seen more than a few cows put down with a .22LR in this spot after a tornado went through and the animals were suffering.

    I also had a sunday school teacher who worked at the local meat processors to suppliment his farm income. He always told a story about someone bringing in a real wild mean steer to eat, so wild jumped over one of the gates. They got it corralled someplace and were going to shoot it and drag it in. One guy got a rifle and shot it a few times between the eyes to no effect. He thought he was missing. He was then told to aim about 3 inches above that spot, and it went down right away. 3 bullets were found in the skull right between the eyes. As for what rifle "I don't know, probably a 30-30 or something" so it could have been anything.



    "Gunshot: The firearm should be held 2-10 inches from the intended point of impact, and
    the bullet should be directed perpendicular to the front of the skull to prevent ricochet. The
    point of entry should be at the intersection of two imaginary lines, each drawn from the inside
    corner of the eye to the base of the opposite horn (slightly above the ear in polled animals).
    A .22 caliber long rifle bullet is sufficient for most animals, but a .22 magnum or 9mm round
    should be used on bulls. Use of a hollow-point or soft-nose bullet increases tissue destruction.
    If performed skillfully, gunshot induces instantaneous unconsciousness, is inexpensive and
    does not require close contact with the animal.
    This method should only be attempted by individuals trained in the use of firearms and who
    understand the potential for ricochet. Care must be taken to minimize danger to the operator,
    to bystanders, and to other animals. In addition, since some cities have laws prohibiting the
    discharge of firearms in certain areas, the operator should be aware of local ordinances that
    may apply."
     
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    Don't you recognize satire when it hits you over the head,Cosmoline?
    I'm sure dubious did and came out of his experience smelling like a rose(and not Cosmoline:neener:)
     
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    just imagine a x crossed from one ear to one eye and the same for the other eye and ear. Put the bullet where the lines cross I use a .22 buckmark pistol at 20 feet. Have shot a dozen cows this way. They drop like you droped them from a building then just cut the trought and let them bleed out.
     
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    flamethrower Cook and kill all at once.
     
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    any updates? how did it go?
     
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    This is pretty entertaining!
     
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    Asked- and answered...

    lpl/nc
     
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