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Old 10-22-2010, 09:19 PM
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buffalo shot placement

I know the shot placement for big game
but where would the best placement on a buffalo
Shot will probably be fairly short under 200 yards most
likely with a 30-06 pushing a 165 gr accubond
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Old 10-23-2010, 12:37 AM
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Re: buffalo shot placement

placement is the same for any other large animal.

Depending on the size of the animal that 165 gr pill may be a bit puny. No kiddin'!

On a buff I'd shy away from the usual LRH bullet high bc tendencies and go with a good ol proven Winchester silver tip with some weight and velocity to it.

Plus I'd seriously consider at least three quick shots before the critter learns what's happening.

Just my thought though. Never shot a buff but was really disappointed when I took a 270 Win w/a 130gr bullet to a 6oo lb bull moose.
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Old 10-23-2010, 02:17 AM
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Re: buffalo shot placement

Here is the Link to Buffalo Shot Placement...

Buffalo Hunting at Thousand Hills Bison Ranch

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Old 10-23-2010, 06:37 AM
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Re: buffalo shot placement

yea I was thinking about trying to talk him into using my 300wsm and ill be backing him up with my 7mm
all pushing the accubond bullet
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Old 10-23-2010, 06:42 AM
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Re: buffalo shot placement

A local guy that raises buffalo always says to shoot them right of the point of the elbow, which in a previous link is right in the heart, I guess it will perty much TKO them.
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Old 10-23-2010, 11:26 AM
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Re: buffalo shot placement

For what it's worth, I've killed a few and seen many more shot, and I'm a firm believer in "big and slow" (45-70, w/525 postell,etc.) over "medium and fast" (.300 win. mag/.weatherby/RUM/WSM/etc.) The elbow/shoulder placement is ok, but right behind and a little below the ear is a "lights out" hit.

Last edited by MTBULLET; 10-23-2010 at 11:26 AM. Reason: add "and a little below"
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Old 10-23-2010, 02:20 PM
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Re: buffalo shot placement

There are a couple of problems with buffalo.

First they have a really thick hide and coat. This means that you may not get much of an entrance hole and no exit hole. A double lung shot will only damage a small amount of tissue compared to what they have left to use and the small hole may clog with hair and or close so the lungs do not collapse.

Secondly, they are really large animals and have slow metabolisms. They have large amounts of blood and oxygen in the blood and do not bleed out quickly and just flop over like a little deer. A little patience may be required before they die.

A tough bullet such as an accubond or partition will provide good penetration and weight retention. Based upon my experience I would say try to hit the heart and pass through it to the far side shoulder. Once you break the shoulder then the animal is not going to run off.
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