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#200911 - 08/03/19 04:38 AM Re: On or behind the shoulder? [Re: KRal]
sw282
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Thru BOTH shoulders!!

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#200914 - 08/03/19 08:20 AM Re: On or behind the shoulder? [Re: sw282]
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Behind the should low, with an expandable bullet. Leaves a good blood trail if they run.

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#200926 - 08/03/19 07:04 PM Re: On or behind the shoulder? [Re: short30]
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It depends on the situation and the gun I am using. For deer I typically shoot for the top of the heart regardless of the angle. Quartering away that can catch the off shoulder. Quartering toward just in front of the facing shoulder. Broadside just below center on the leg - low shoulder. On a big buck go for both shoulders centered to anchor him. When I was in Africa they ALWAYS tell you to go for center shoulder every time on any size animal.
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#200928 - 08/03/19 07:10 PM Re: On or behind the shoulder? [Re: billa]
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I shoot for the lungs. If there is a shoulder in the way fine otherwise an expanding bullet behind the shoulder works just fine. That doesn't go for dangerous game which I have no experience.

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#200942 - 08/03/19 10:19 PM Re: On or behind the shoulder? [Re: abner]
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I've typically aimed just behind the shoulder. The results varied depending on the bullet. A 155 grain A-Max between the ribs downed my first handgun buck after only two steps, while a 200 grain XPB in the same spot on a medium doe resulted in a 150+ yard run.

Within reasonable ranges, I might start attempting shoulder shots if I'm shooting tougher bullets.
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#200944 - 08/03/19 10:49 PM Re: On or behind the shoulder? [Re: Chance Weldon]
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I love big bore handguns and heavy bullets, but the fastest one shot kills ALWAYS have come from lighter, faster, more frangible bullets..keep that in mind...deer are not huge, they are thin skinned and not hard to penetrate..go lighter and faster..you'll notice a difference..my fastest WT kills have come from 125 gr Blkouts
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#201236 - 08/17/19 03:35 AM Re: On or behind the shoulder? [Re: sw282]
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2x lungs babe!
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#201302 - 08/20/19 03:42 PM Re: On or behind the shoulder? [Re: short30]
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If I don?t have my ? head up my behind?, I?d go thru the shoulder. But, many years of rifle hunting will probably cause me to shoot behind the shoulder! At handgun velocities, particularly with cast bullets, I believe that it would make a quicker kill. Not only will you break the animal down in the front-end.....but the bone fragments will cause secondary damage to lungs, vessels, ect. memtb
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#201307 - 08/21/19 08:35 AM Re: On or behind the shoulder? [Re: Memtb460]
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I have until very lately always processed my own deer. I normally wait for a broadside behind the shoulder shot to minimize meat loss. I am sure that expansion with most jacketed rifle bullets at handgun velocity would be much more impressive hitting a shoulder.

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#201313 - 08/21/19 04:35 PM Re: On or behind the shoulder? [Re: Bob Roach]
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High shoulder since I switched to hard cast. So far, pass through on both shoulders and DRT.

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