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#173177 - 09/21/16 04:07 PM Re: favorite aiming point on deer [Re: bullsi1911]
ruger4570
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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.

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#173603 - 10/03/16 05:53 PM Re: favorite aiming point on deer [Re: ruger4570]
High Tide
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I prefer to take a quartering-away shot with aim at the opposite front shoulder. Usually works pretty well if I place it correctly.

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#173614 - 10/04/16 07:29 AM Re: favorite aiming point on deer [Re: Whitworth]
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 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.
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#174663 - 10/29/16 01:28 PM Re: favorite aiming point on deer [Re: racksmasher1]
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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.
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#174838 - 11/01/16 01:47 AM Re: favorite aiming point on deer [Re: Montana Lee]
Bob Roach
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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.

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#189368 - 02/03/18 07:19 PM Re: favorite aiming point on deer [Re: racksmasher1]
bscott
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Neck shot or a 2x lung shot does it every trip of the boat for me!
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#189371 - 02/03/18 08:01 PM Re: favorite aiming point on deer [Re: bscott]
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Very seldom do I get a true broadside shot because of hunting in the mountains. There's always some kind of angle to deal with so I take the best shot they give me & make sure the vitals are lined up on the back side. Sometimes that's both lungs, sometimes it's the shoulder shot. I hate taking head shots but have done it a few times & held my breath.

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#189379 - 02/04/18 07:16 AM Re: favorite aiming point on deer [Re: bscott]
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 Originally Posted By: bscott
Neck shot or a 2x lung shot does it every trip of the boat for me!


WITH WHAT? WHAT WORKS WITH A RIFLE, OR EVEN IN HANDGUNS WITH RIFLE TYPE CARTRIDGES WILL OFTEN FAIL MISERABLY WITH REVOLVERS. WITH REVOLVERS IT IS SHOULDER SHOTS FIRST FOR ME.
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#189384 - 02/04/18 08:51 AM Re: favorite aiming point on deer [Re: 45MAN]
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I think the best general rule for a quick kill and anchoring game is to aim for the far shoulder with the lungs in between me and the shoulder. Try to avoid face on and face away shots. As 45MAN says, it depends on the gun. I like to use a big one!

Woods hunting sometimes presents a shot quickly and you cannot over think it. If the shot is close I usually aim about 1/3 to 1/2 way up. On a longer shot I usually go 1/2 to slightly higher. The older I get I find myself liking higher shoulder / spine shots. It usually puts them down DRT.

Being the hypocrite that I am I have successfully taken both face on and Texas heart shots although I do not recommend them unless you have enough gun to get full penetration. These shots can be messy and shooting too low can make for a long and possibly unsuccessful track. I have also killed quite a few meat does with well placed head shots but there is risk. You must have a solid rest and be able to hit the golf ball like wvhitman. As I said I do not recommend it.
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#189388 - 02/04/18 12:29 PM Re: favorite aiming point on deer [Re: Whitworth]
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 Originally Posted By: Whitworth
I'm a high shoulder shot kind of a guy.


Whit, I am familiar with that high shoulder shot; that is what I tried on my muzzleloader bull elk (see story on home page); it was the only shot I had available. However, as I relay it in my story, the big slug hit a bit too high. I have always thought that high shoulder shot has little margin for error compared to the more forgiving "boiler room" shot.

Soooo...other than the "need" to break the animal down as in the case of a "dangerous beast," I prefer the more forgiving chest shot. When I wanted to anchor my big bull elk
Rocky Mountain Elk

I intentionally put the .475 400 grain XTP bullet in the center of his shoulder and it busted him good and broke his shoulder plus wrecked both lungs so he couldn't go more than a few feet.


Not to mention that "no man's land" is waiting right there if you hit a bit above the shoulder.

Just wanted to get your opinion on why that is your preferred shot.

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Gregg

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