Over the past weekend I was able to shoot seven whitetail deer on a crop damage hunt. The style of hunting allowed us to use bagged guns and super precise shot placement.
Thinking back to a thread where Mr. Carlock mentioned the benefits of a high shoulder hit, I thought this would be a good scenario to test it. All kills were video taped for review.
Of the seven deer taken...
one heart shot at 377yds (7mm WSM
w/ 162gr A-Max--ran 50yds)
one neck shot at 377yds (7mm WSM w/ 162gr A-Max--dropped but the neck shot does not provide much room for error, thus not a high percentage kill area)
one Texas Heart Shot at 278yds (300RUM w/ 180gr TSX dropped this deer in its tracks but NOT a recommended shot)
Two were spine shots (300RUM w/ 180gr TSX---these were supposed to be high shoulder shot but the shooter used the wrong mil dot and hit high...instant death but incurred some flopping around)
The last two were the "Carlock High shoulder Shot" at 277 and 365yds (7mmWSM w/ 162gr A-Max---death was instant) At the shot on these two deer, they simply folded...no flopping on the ground...nothing! When hit, the ears would lay down and legs crumpled...amazing!
I know it does not relate well to elk but wanted to confirm the effectiveness of the shot placement that Roy in ID was explaining. I gues I'd call this shot placement the "DE Smack Down."