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#6557319 - 11/24/16 11:43 AM Preferred Bullet Placement on Deer
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Registered: 07/05/13
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I am relatively new to hunting, been hunting about 4 years. Reading online, everyone has a different opinion on where the place a shot on deer.

This season my brother shot a great 8 point at 250 yard with the 140 gr AMAX bullet in 6.5 Creedmoor. He said he was aiming high shoulder. We approached the deer and it got up and ran off, thus we lost the buck. There wasn't a single drop of blood. The buck wasn't running well, his front left leg was unusable but still he took off.

Obviously we weren't happy. Then yesterday I had a 110 yard shot on a spike. The spike was facing me. I aimed lower chest, hit him in the heart. He ran maybe 20 yards and went down for good. There was blood everywhere. I shot him with a 95 gr Berger in .243.

My question is, where do y'all aim? How in the heck did we lose that 8 point? I've talked to several people and most of them say aim high should or for neck shots.
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#6557326 - 11/24/16 11:45 AM Re: Preferred Bullet Placement on Deer [Re: Gone to Texas]
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Whitetail get it right behind the shoulder into the pump station. Axis and elk get it dead center shoulder.
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#6557330 - 11/24/16 11:48 AM Re: Preferred Bullet Placement on Deer [Re: Gone to Texas]
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I like my hunters to shoot them right square in the shoulder. I don't like looking for wounded deer.
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#6557335 - 11/24/16 11:51 AM Re: Preferred Bullet Placement on Deer [Re: Gone to Texas]
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I tried the high shoulder shot for first time on doe last week. Doe rared up and ran off. Couldn't find it. No blood. Used 6.8 spc, Hornady sst 120. 100 yards.

I will not do it again. Just not for me.

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#6557345 - 11/24/16 12:00 PM Re: Preferred Bullet Placement on Deer [Re: Gone to Texas]
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To start with, the AMax isn't a good choice in the Creedmoor. There are far better deer bullets like the 140 Berger and 130 Accubond. But you didn't ask about that and I apologize.

I have never lost a deer or antelope when putting a bullet in the heart/lung area. Others prefer a shoulder shot but I have never been a proponent of that placement. Obviously, your head-on shot also works. There are numerous pictures and diagrams on the internet that show the placement of the internal organs. And I'm not being a smartazz by saying that. Lots of people actually don't know.
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#6557352 - 11/24/16 12:06 PM Re: Preferred Bullet Placement on Deer [Re: Gone to Texas]
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Thanks!

Yeah I have about 100 loaded AMAX bullets. We've never had a problem with them but we usually shoot heart/lungs.

Once we shoot up the AMAX bullets I'm changing to the ELD-X.
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#6557391 - 11/24/16 12:58 PM Re: Preferred Bullet Placement on Deer [Re: Creedmoor]
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Originally Posted By: Creedmoor
To start with, the AMax isn't a good choice in the Creedmoor...

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#6557394 - 11/24/16 01:02 PM Re: Preferred Bullet Placement on Deer [Re: TexFlip]
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Originally Posted By: TexFlip
Originally Posted By: Creedmoor
To start with, the AMax isn't a good choice in the Creedmoor...

bs



To each his own. wink
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#6557399 - 11/24/16 01:09 PM Re: Preferred Bullet Placement on Deer [Re: Gone to Texas]
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Pump station
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#6557427 - 11/24/16 01:26 PM Re: Preferred Bullet Placement on Deer [Re: Gone to Texas]
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Most would be well served to keep their shots in the boiler room.
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#6557436 - 11/24/16 01:32 PM Re: Preferred Bullet Placement on Deer [Re: Gone to Texas]
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High shoulder shot...last doe ran 65 yards. Last 3 bucks dropped on the spot, 2 were paralyzed so I shot them again so they did not suffer.

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#6557439 - 11/24/16 01:34 PM Re: Preferred Bullet Placement on Deer [Re: Gone to Texas]
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Center shoulder, no wheels means no tracking
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#6557443 - 11/24/16 01:43 PM Re: Preferred Bullet Placement on Deer [Re: Gone to Texas]
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This is my third season using a 260 with a 22" barrel, which is about the same as the 6.5 CM. The best results have been with Barnes TTSX 100 grain at 3100+ using H414 or H4350. Nosler Partition 100 grain run 3200+. The light heavy construction bullets consistently have provided impressive DRT out to 212 yards, but are strong enough to hold together up close. Also use a 308 with 175 SMK's with the same placement, and never recovered a bullet. Amaxes are much softer and best for broadside heart, lung, and base of the neck. More often than not, they do not penetrate through a mature buck the handful of times I used them from a 308, so they are not my first choice, but they will work.

These are my preferred shot placement for deer.




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#6557451 - 11/24/16 01:52 PM Re: Preferred Bullet Placement on Deer [Re: TexFlip]
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Originally Posted By: TexFlip
Originally Posted By: Creedmoor
To start with, the AMax isn't a good choice in the Creedmoor...

bs







Dang TexFlip! You shot all those animals with heart/lung?
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#6557453 - 11/24/16 01:54 PM Re: Preferred Bullet Placement on Deer [Re: Gone to Texas]
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Neck shot, no looking
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