reflex264
(veteran)
09/20/16 09:58 AM
favorite aiming point on deer

I love a broadside shot right through the aorta. catches both lungs. What about you fellers?

TN Lone Wolf
(Shooting Master)
09/20/16 10:13 AM
Re: favorite aiming point on deer

Imagine a line along the back of the leg going straight up across the vitals. I try to aim just behind that, centered between the bottom and top of the chest.

Ramjet-SS
(enthusiast)
09/20/16 10:25 AM
Re: favorite aiming point on deer

 Originally Posted By: reflex264
I love a broadside shot right through the aorta. catches both lungs. What about you fellers?


Yes punch them through the pump its lights out.


wvhitman
(addict)
09/20/16 10:50 AM
Re: favorite aiming point on deer

This is not a deer, but

The shot applies to deer and similar animals. It's straight up the leg, 4" below the top of the back. It's the spine and they are instantly dead. I use this almost always unless I'm testing bullet performance.
It does not apply to most any of the large African animals. Their spines are funky shaped, so you'll miss. Plus most carry vital organs very low in their body.


wheeler45
(addict)
09/20/16 12:05 PM
Re: favorite aiming point on deer

That is a nice bushbuck. I come straight up the foreleg 1/3 of the way up from the belly line. They drop at the shot.

Gregg Richter
(Shooting Master)
09/20/16 01:48 PM
Re: favorite aiming point on deer

 Originally Posted By: wheeler45
That is a nice bushbuck. I come straight up the foreleg 1/3 of the way up from the belly line. They drop at the shot.


I prefer this shot, although on bull elk I have twice intentionally put the bullet through the center of the shoulder to try and break them from running off. Sometimes a lung shot bull can go a long long ways. But for this shot you have to have a very tough bullet that can break bone and keep on going. Partitions work, ML Black Belts and Power Belts DON'T.


KRal
(Distinguished Master)
09/20/16 05:19 PM
Re: favorite aiming point on deer

See above ^^^ wvhittman shot placement.

Zee
(Pooh-Bah)
09/20/16 05:51 PM
Re: favorite aiming point on deer

 Originally Posted By: reflex264
I love a broadside shot right through the aorta. catches both lungs.


This is my choice with jacketed handgun or rifle bullets.

If I'm using hard cast handgun ammo..........through the shoulder/spine.


Franchise
(Shooting Expert)
09/20/16 06:22 PM
Re: favorite aiming point on deer

Shoulder, heart, lungs....all have worked great for me

racksmasher1
(old hand)
09/20/16 09:02 PM
Re: favorite aiming point on deer

 Originally Posted By: Franchise
Shoulder, heart, lungs....all have worked great for me
x2


s4s4u
(Shootist)
09/20/16 09:57 PM
Re: favorite aiming point on deer

Too many variables to just pick one placement. Shot angle, gun and bullet style, distance, rested or not. Whether standing still, walking, running, or lying down, looking at or looking away. I have not had many deer just stand still broadside waiting for me to plant a slug in the boiler room, but if that shot presents itself that is where it will usually go as I hate to waste venison.

PsTaN
(enthusiast)
09/20/16 10:26 PM
Re: favorite aiming point on deer

I've always aimed for a heart shot behind the front legs, but I've always used jacketed bullets as well. With my hardcast handloads I think I'm moving my aiming point forward to break some bone and penetrate vitals as well.

abner
(member)
09/20/16 11:41 PM
Re: favorite aiming point on deer

Ditto on what s4s4u said.

reflex264
(veteran)
09/21/16 08:19 AM
Re: favorite aiming point on deer

Guys I absolutely agree that it depends on the position of the animal and such like. I was just referring to my favorite shot being the aorta as my favorite target but once again there are many variables.

SGalan
(journeyman)
09/21/16 08:57 AM
Re: favorite aiming point on deer

 Originally Posted By: reflex264
I love a broadside shot right through the aorta. catches both lungs. What about you fellers?


What he said.

I shoot hard cast and soft point. If I'm using hard cast I also try to break a leg/shoulder when I can.


Whitworth
(Shootist)
09/21/16 11:43 AM
Re: favorite aiming point on deer

I'm a high shoulder shot kind of a guy.

REDHAWK1954
(veteran)
09/21/16 12:02 PM
Re: favorite aiming point on deer

I always take the first good shot I get because weird things happen and you may miss your opportunity. I once had a crow fly out of the top of a pine tree just as a good buck was about to step into the open for a twenty yard shot.

The buck took off and did not stop until he was out of bow range.


karl
(addict)
09/21/16 12:14 PM
Re: favorite aiming point on deer

 Originally Posted By: REDHAWK1954
I always take the first good shot I get because weird things happen and you may miss your opportunity.


x2

A deer in the freezer is worth 2 in the bush.


Whitworth
(Shootist)
09/21/16 12:17 PM
Re: favorite aiming point on deer

Amen to that!

bullsi1911
(journeyman)
09/21/16 01:05 PM
Re: favorite aiming point on deer

I usually go for the spot between the eye and the external auditory meatus (ear hole) if I don't want the head for a mount.

If not, then the heart.


ruger4570
(member)
09/21/16 04:07 PM
Re: favorite aiming point on deer

Being a bow hunter I usually go for the "double lunger". Not much meat loss. I am fortunate to have a timber surrounded by corn and bean fields, so if they do a death run after the shot, I don't worry about other hunters stealing my deer.

I have shot many doe's in the head, but that is with shotgun slugs. At close range on a doe with my handgun I would take whichever presents itself of the two.


High Tide
(journeyman)
10/03/16 05:53 PM
Re: favorite aiming point on deer

I prefer to take a quartering-away shot with aim at the opposite front shoulder. Usually works pretty well if I place it correctly.

bluecow
(addict)
10/04/16 07:29 AM
Re: favorite aiming point on deer

 Originally Posted By: Whitworth
I'm a high shoulder shot kind of a guy.

+1
not a big head shoot fan. you only have to see a couple of animals dying a slow death with it's jaw/ face shot off before you state thinking there is a better way to take game. then maybe i've got too soft a heart.


Montana Lee
(stranger)
10/29/16 01:28 PM
Re: favorite aiming point on deer

Im usually a meat hunter and like clean hides so the looking at me throat shot is a favorite just under the head shuts them off and drop straight down. If im chasing the mount or need to save the cape behind the front shoulder bottom half the chest.

Bob Roach
(addict)
11/01/16 01:47 AM
Re: favorite aiming point on deer

Where I hunt I normally get a broadside shot. I go for a double lung shot when possible so I do not waste a lot of meat.
They do not go far hit with a 480 Ruger, or a 35 Bullberry 180 grain bullet. The longest I have had one run was almost 100 yards hit with a 129 Hornady Spiral Point from a 6.5 X 30 JDJ Contender. I would have bet money it would have went down sooner than it did.

Bob