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Unread 09-16-2011, 11:35 AM
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shot placement

just curious as to where everyone favorite shot placement is on whitetail deer . i usually am a heart/lung shooter and had no problem putting the deer down,however and old timer told me the best shot is to aim high shoulder to break it down fast or if the deer was for meat not trophey a neck shot works well too. i know,,if it ain't broke,,don't fix it..just trying to get some other opinions
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    Unread 09-16-2011, 10:13 PM
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    I am for the shoulder -- if the deer is quartering away, I am for the far shoulder; and if it is quartering toward me, I aim for the near shoulder.
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    Unread 09-19-2011, 03:15 PM
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    Re: shot placement

    Where I hunt I can get a kill shot in under 30yards..I aim just behind the elbo and just above it
    It takes the heart out of action they most often drop in a Half step.
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    Unread 09-19-2011, 03:47 PM
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    Re: shot placement

    Anytime I can place the shot in the vitals, is where it goes.
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    Unread 09-19-2011, 06:18 PM
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    Re: shot placement

    I have killed a few hundred WT deer and I have found that entering on exiting a shoulder is the shot I want. Most of the time they drop in their tracks. I prefer a broadside shot in the center of the shoulder about 1/3 of the way down from the top of the back. Bang Flop. I sight my rifle in 3" high at 100 yards and that gives me a point blank hold out to 350 yards where I will not be over or under POA 3.5" and just hold center of front shoulder and with my 25-06 or 264 Win mag they usually drop in their tracks.
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    Unread 06-19-2013, 04:38 PM
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    Re: shot placement

    a shot that takes mobility away (shoulder) from the animal may be the way to go depending on location, sheep on a cliff, moose on the edge of a lake.

    If anyone has info on acceptable energy levels for hunting on a variety of animals ranging from antelope to sheep and elk. What is an acceptable energy level minimum out to 1000 yards in order to kill an animal cleanly?
    i shoot a 300 win mag with 168 gr Bergers leveling the muzzle at 3000 FPS , energy is at about 800 foot pounds at 1000 yards. is this enough ??
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    Unread 06-20-2013, 10:05 AM
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    Re: shot placement

    Inside 300 yards right at that sweet spot at the base of the head where it comes into the neck. Legs up every time! Out past 400 yards or moving send one right into the boiler room they don't make it 20 yds if they even take another step. A whitetail is so small as it is why would you take out half of a deer with a shoulder shot... Seems like quite the waste of meat to me.
    My dear boy if 5 miles away they don't sit up in their beds and ask what the HELL was that, the gun is not big enough!

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