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#178878 - 02/16/17 05:41 PM Shoulder shots
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Little survey to see who prefers shoulder shots as to the traditional behind the shoulder shots on game. Feel free to add your liking such as head shots......
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#178886 - 02/16/17 06:53 PM Re: Shoulder shots [Re: AK hgunner1]
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Easy. Behind the shoulder shots run.
High shoulder breaks bone, causes spinal shock, and drops them on the spot. I've done this with 2 lions, water buff, 4 of the 5 springboks, 2 bushbuck, impala, elk, mule deer, Coues deer. and about 1500 deer. It's the only shot I use unless I'm testing bullets on deer.

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#178887 - 02/16/17 07:14 PM Re: Shoulder shots [Re: wvhitman]
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I agree, the high shoulder shot is the shot you want if you want to end it right on the spot. They are down, you might have to apply a finisher but they are not going anywhere, it's over.
If you are shooting soft bullets a behind the shoulder shot is fatal but many times they will run & that may or may not be a good thing. I love cast bullets but they can work slower on lung shots but are fantastic on high shoulder shots.
I hate head shots although I've had to make a few. They can be spectacular if everything goes right or they can be an absolute disaster if things goes wrong. I've seen both.

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#178896 - 02/16/17 10:33 PM Re: Shoulder shots [Re: sixshot]
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High shoulder for me. I like to break animals down fast, I don't like to track. I'm not a fan of head shots, but I'd take a neck shot if given the chance.

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#178901 - 02/17/17 01:10 AM Re: Shoulder shots [Re: Brenden]
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Shoulder shots also for me. Brisket for frontal shots.
No head shots or neck shots.
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#178902 - 02/17/17 05:43 AM Re: Shoulder shots [Re: AK hgunner1]
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I have done it both ways and both will kill. I agree with wvhitman. The high (or center) shoulder shot gets it done on the spot. At my camp we call it DRT - dead right there! Every PH at the South African hunt camp I was at insist that you shoot center shoulder on any animal from the smallest antelope up through Cape Buffalo.
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#178903 - 02/17/17 05:56 AM Re: Shoulder shots [Re: billa]
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I prefer shoulder shots with hard cast WFN bullets. When I shoot jacketed expanding bullets I usually go for double lung. Not a big fan of head or neck shots unless we are talking groundhogs.

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#178912 - 02/17/17 02:14 PM Re: Shoulder shots [Re: dhom]
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I try to put one or both shoulders in the shot if possible. A hole in the lungs and a busted shoulder make for little or no tracking generally.

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#178914 - 02/17/17 04:04 PM Re: Shoulder shots [Re: mart]
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 Originally Posted By: mart
I try to put one or both shoulders in the shot if possible. A hole in the lungs and a busted shoulder make for little or no tracking generally.


^^What he said^^
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#178917 - 02/17/17 05:38 PM Re: Shoulder shots [Re: KRal]
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I prefer shoulder shots.
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