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10-03-2017 06:29 PM
loader54 What u doing a dance or hunting. The deer should not be flagging u or dancing should u not be playing the radio when hunting
09-28-2017 10:58 AM
buckskin I never understood the head shot for several reasons, the brain is a small target, deer move there heads all the time, very easy to cripple with a head shot, and the heart stops instantly when the brain is turned to mush and you get no bleed out. Neck is odd as well, there is a lot of good meat on the neck. I always try for a lung shot, that is the best shot placement for bleeding out and the heart is my favorite piece of meat, so I try and stay away from that as well...
09-28-2017 08:20 AM
Ghosth Well said Nanuk!

That head can move 3 feet from left to right, low to high, or any combination thereoff in a fraction of a second.

First cousin to a snake really.

You line up a head or upper neck shot and a stick snaps in the woods about the same time that you shoot. What happens to your shot?

Feet are anchored, with weight on them. To move, instructions are given, Muscles flex, Then the deer starts its first upward bound. It is a much slower process.

It is of course your choice. But I for one don't see many situations where I would try for a head/neck shot. YMMV
09-28-2017 03:08 AM
Originally Posted by loader54 View Post
Here are my thinking you are shooting at a target 1 inch circle u keep hitting it why not a neck shot center the neck its yours I don't just shoot at a target but a circle in the center
Here's a question for you

do you put your 1" target dot on a flag and let it blow around in the wind, moving around like a deer can move?

the last few deer I shot, I distinctly remember, them NOT being pinned to a board!
09-27-2017 02:39 PM
JimP. the Texas heart shot is very effective if the set up is right. I used to shoot 500 gr roundnosed cast bullets in my 45-70 loaded to 1250 fps, It will shoot thru just about any deer from any angle and is very effective. My one and only Texas heart shot took place on a big 8 pointer who was standing straight away rear facing me, distance was 60 yards and i was not going to let this deer get away, so i shot it inbetween the hams at his rear and the bullet went all the way thru and out the front a little off to the left side of the white spot. The deer dropped so fast i was shocked. The insides were mush and poured out. So yes, the Texas heart shot is very effective when used correctly. Love the 45-70, Regards. JimP.
09-27-2017 11:48 AM
loader54 Here are my thinking you are shooting at a target 1 inch circle u keep hitting it why not a neck shot center the neck its yours I don't just shoot at a target but a circle in the center
09-26-2017 10:10 PM
Originally Posted by Sheridan5mm View Post
The base of the neck offers a more stationary and larger target than the head end.
I agree
09-26-2017 06:04 PM
Sheridan5mm The base of the neck offers a more stationary and larger target than the head end.
09-24-2017 11:02 AM
treeslayer curious as to any benefit of aiming at the base of the neck? i have always aimed for the white spot under the chin, no meat damage.
also, let me put down the myth of eastern close shots. its pretty common to have 100acre+ fields, no trouble having 300yds or more to shoot. although 300 is about my limit even with an 06.
09-24-2017 09:09 AM
Originally Posted by greg916 View Post
I like to hit them in the lungs. On public lands, I shoot for the shoulder. Ruins a little meat, but it puts them down.
+1 on the shoulder shot on public land. Especially in the south. I also like neck shots if the situation presents itself. Not a big fan of head shots on non-dangerous big game. I used to hunt in south Texas and the rancher wanted a doe every year but only one that was head shot. He believed anything else would cause undue stress on the animal at the end and toughen the meat. I let my buddy take those. He is a natural marksman but was always careful to get up close and wait for the perfect angle. I guided a hunter one year who took a doe with a head shot. I did not realize that was where he was aiming until after the shot. The distance was too far and his aim a little off. The doe went down but the result was not pretty. The long walk up to the struggling doe for the finisher was painful.
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