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Discussion in 'Long Range Hunting & Shooting' started by ShtrRdy, Nov 12, 2019.
That's about right.
I like all my elk hunters to be comfortable to 300 and farther is better. But honestly most of them are from back east and used to hunting out of tree stands and often in shotgun only states, so many have never shot an animal over 100 and 200 is a long shot for them.
Can be a real challenge to get someone who a) has only hunted from a treestand and never shot without a rest and b) never shot anything moving, much less running; within >200 yards of a standing elk. By the time they find a rest or get their shooting sticks out the elk isn't usually standing there any more.
This guy grew up squirrel and rabbit hunting with beagles so he could at least throw up and shoot something on the move offhand. Between that, being in good hiking shape and a 250 yard comfort zone he was really one of my better hunters, probably the best this year. I had one guy this year who managed to hit an elk at a fast walk, offhand, one out of five shots at 60 yards this year. And that shot was through the pelvis while quartering away.
For the most part it is the only shot I take.
Destroys the central nervous system and spine, at longer range it gives you more of a hit probability, left and right you are in the neck or front shoulder and lungs, high is clean miss and if it goes low it breaks front shoulder or shoulders into the pump room.
I will say that some bullets cause more damage / meat loss
As long as your hit is below the ball joint, it will be a good hit. It will hit the spine or break both shoulders if you're using a bullet big and heavy enough to get a pass through, and may clip the lungs. It will also disrupt the autonomic plexus most of the time. But if he's still standing, shoot again.
I have seen the high shoulder shot drop a bull instantly but was still alive ~30 minutes later when we got to him...not good IMO.
Five pages and not one picture ?? (and a coyote cuz they need to be shot)
That "no man's land void" can happen. And even a high speed round might pass through.
actually my favorite shot. A stated they normally drop in tracks and zero tracking. I shoot most my deer this way if possible and never had any real amount of back strap messed up.Now I do not shoot any much higher than I would if going boiler room.Heck I accidently loaded a 100 gr hollow point in my 7 mag few years back.Had a medium size buck come out at about 90 yrds.When it hit him it looked like someone busted him betweens eyes with 10 lb sledge hammer. I thought man got to get smaller gun. Bullet did not exit other side,but then he never budged so no tracking needed.
Done right you're punching a hole through the spine.
It's a risky shot in that if you're a little high sometimes you'll knock them down but they can then recover and run off before you get there if the spine is not hit.
Where on the animal? Just below the highest point on the top curve of the shoulder bade.
The down side is a lot of high quality meat gets wasted.
Honestly the much higher percentage shot is just above the elbow. Blow out the heart and/or one or both lungs with a good bullet and they won't go far and there's very little wasted meat.