Originally Posted by hmbleservant
Where do yall aim on whitetailed deer sized game while using bullets like berger vld (hunting bullets) ect.
broadside: I've heard high lung (or mid body) vertically and centered to lung horizontally. Are you aiming to minimize meat damage and maximize penetration? Or are you aiming to simply increase your odds of vitals by centering on the lungs alltogether?
Is there a spot that produces more instant drops than another?
Also, for those that use the VLD's are you getting full pass thru or not?
Will these bullets penetrate shoulders easily at extended ranges?
I'm new to the longrange stuff. I've always hunted 100 yards and under and usually take the neck shot at those ranges to save meat. But I've seen some vid's of folks dropping animals in there tracks at hundreds of yards range (with chest shots or spine shots i don't know).
im shooting a 25-06 incase that matters (115gr VLD soon)
Center Point of the shoulder on side shots on just about everything beyond 500yds.
Miss high and you sever the spine, miss low you are in the heart/lungs.
Facing shots above the base of the brisket about halfway between it and top of the shoulder blades; same effect.
Remember on quatering shots you have to consider not the point of impact but a direct line through the point of impact and out of the far side.
25-06 is a fun caliber for lots of applications. My advice would be to take it to a good gunsmith for a full free float, pillar and glass bedding job before going any further.
If it won't shoot 1 MOA with factory loads after that talk to the GS about squaring the action or just go ahead and do that at the same time.
You can waste a hell of a lot of time and money trying to work up loads for a weapon that is not already tuned for precision and never accomplish anything till you go back and do the above.