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Old 09-05-2007, 03:03 AM
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Shoulder shot placement info needed.

As some of you old timers may already know I have not shot an elk before. My bro is planning an elk hunt this year and I was telling him that some of you are big fans of the shoulder shot for putting them down solid. I have looked at anatomy pictures of elk today and I was not sure if you are putting the shot at the spot where the bullet would wipe out both shoulder blades and the spine or if you are shooting them below that in the forward joint of the upper leg bone. I was telling him that I remember that was the shot GG used on his 820 yard elk a couple seasons back.

Could you describe exactly where you would place the shoulder shot? Would you use this same shot placement for a quartering toward or quartering away shot? Or better, when would you not use this shot?
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Oops.

Well I discovered one cool feature of these forums... It shows you related topics at the bottom of the thread. I'll besure to read all of those, especially the one with the pictures and dots.

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Old 09-05-2007, 07:54 PM
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I always aim for the high shoulder shot where the spine and blade overlap. That way, if the bullet goes low it still takes out the main blade (often both of them) and shrapnells the heck out of the heart and lungs. If it goes high, it is a clean miss and they will often give you another shot especially if they are at long range because the noise of the gun can't be heard. Good luck.
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Old 09-06-2007, 10:30 AM
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What do you aim for when shooting angled toward or away? Do you still aim for the close shoulder blade hoping fo spine on the exit or do you aim for the far side shoulder after wrecking the spine first?

Does it matter as long as you hit spine or is the point to break them down to prevent a run off and leaving the opportunity for a follow up shot?
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Does hitting the shoulder blade actually do any anchoring damage? I really don't know. I know the spine shot surely does!
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Old 09-06-2007, 05:17 PM
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There is a considerable space anterior to the shoulder blade and above the spinal column where a bullet can slip through and maybe clip the top off a spine, with the result that the animal is knocked flat from spinal shock, but soon miraculously jumps up and runs away as if unhurt.

I've seen accounts of this phenomenon on other posts with warnings against hitting this area while trying for a high shoulder shot.
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Old 09-06-2007, 06:21 PM
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Shoulder Shot

If you are shooting a heavy bullet (200grs and up) cliping
the back of the shoulder will make it expand early and impart
more energy on the ELK.

But for lighter bullets I recomend the lung shot for a sure kill.

If you want to drop him in his tracts shoot him in the neck.

Almost any bullet placed in the lungs is deadly but may take
a little while to bring him down . so the terrain has a big part
in where you place your shot . Also if your shooting something
like a match king I would not recomend the sholder shot.

Proper Shot placement depends on many factors ,Choose poorly
and the hunt will end up the same way,choose properly and
the outcome will be good.

The main thing is make your decision and live with it.

Just my opinion And I hope all goes well.
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