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Poll: What is your ideal shot placement on broadside deer at 100 yards assuming w/300 win mag?

Heart/lungs
Double shoulder hit
Spine
Neck
Head

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Offline Stein

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Re: Shot Placement Poll
« Reply #15 on: July 07, 2017, 09:24:42 AM »
Double lung every time at every range.


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Re: Shot Placement Poll
« Reply #16 on: July 07, 2017, 09:28:40 AM »
What I've seen with the .300 Mag is you'll get a lot of bloodshot meat with a 100 yard shot.

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Re: Shot Placement Poll
« Reply #17 on: July 07, 2017, 09:38:15 AM »
Heart/lung although I am disapointmented when I dont get any vension heart to eat.

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Re: Shot Placement Poll
« Reply #18 on: July 07, 2017, 10:14:31 AM »
Heart/lung for me. Personally I'd completely rule out double shoulder with that round at that range. There's very few powder and bullet combos I can thinks of that wouldn't turn both front quarters in to anything but a blood shot mess. Depending on the load I'd possibly resort to a head shot to avoid meat damage.

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Re: Shot Placement Poll
« Reply #19 on: July 07, 2017, 10:52:45 AM »
.300 Winchester Mag on deer? Talk about overkill. Just kidding, just kidding, to each his own. I vote lungs or upper heart area every time. I agree with comments on losing meat shooting anywhere else.

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Re: Shot Placement Poll
« Reply #20 on: July 07, 2017, 11:49:05 AM »
So at 100 votes, it's 88% heart/lung and 7% double shoulder with the rest sprinkled over the other 3 categories.

In retrospect, I should have left caliber off (don't even own a 300WM).  Mainly wanted to lock that variable down to avoid caliber discussions.  Also, I imagine if I posted this on the bear thread or a longer range elk shot with larger caliber....I'd get a higher percentage of shoulder shot votes....but didn't want to skew things. 

Thanks for the responses thus far. 


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Re: Shot Placement Poll
« Reply #21 on: July 07, 2017, 11:58:47 AM »
I shoot deer for the meat.  I would never purposely shoot for a double shoulder shot.  First choice would be lungs.
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Re: Shot Placement Poll
« Reply #22 on: July 07, 2017, 12:10:45 PM »
I didn't vote but will comment.  Under the right conditions I really like a brain shot, especially in dense cover or when it is snowing or raining, knowing exactly where it will drop can be a huge bonus.  I've had enough heart/lung shot deer, pronghorn and elk run out of sight without leaving good blood that I really appreciate DRT.  Beyond 200, moving animals, high winds, alert animal/need for a fast shot, heart/lung every time.  I'm not a very experienced bear killer, but my intent has been to break one or both shoulders, preferably through the heart or lungs too.  However, last bear I shot was just over 100 yards, broadside and saw me at the same time I saw it - I expected it to run any second, so dropped to a knee and instinct put it behind the shoulders through the heart/lung area.  Bear whirled and ran back the way it came into extremely dense NE WA reprod; I had hair, blood, bone and muscle on the off side, high confidence in a dead bear, and lost it.  I know I killed it because another hunter found her three days later by the scavenger activity.  It replays over and over in my mind, and I sure wish I had busted her shoulders and spine.
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Re: Shot Placement Poll
« Reply #23 on: July 07, 2017, 01:33:41 PM »
heart/lung area for me and I angle the shot so it doesn't catch the off shoulder.

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Re: Shot Placement Poll
« Reply #24 on: July 07, 2017, 02:47:59 PM »
So at 100 votes, it's 88% heart/lung and 7% double shoulder with the rest sprinkled over the other 3 categories.

In retrospect, I should have left caliber off (don't even own a 300WM).  Mainly wanted to lock that variable down to avoid caliber discussions.  Also, I imagine if I posted this on the bear thread or a longer range elk shot with larger caliber....I'd get a higher percentage of shoulder shot votes....but didn't want to skew things. 

Thanks for the responses thus far.
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Re: Shot Placement Poll
« Reply #25 on: July 07, 2017, 08:01:20 PM »
My vote is heart lungs at pretty much any range as I think it's the safest clean ethical kill. If you can eat hole one that's obviously quick and clean but it's a very small target and doesn't leave much margin for error. I've shot deer in the neck and had them fold like a taco but I've also been with guys who have neck shot deer that we ended up having to track a long ways. I've also seen several deer that have been spinal tapped which drop in their tracks but almost always require a follow up kill shot as simply severing the spine isn't lethal at least not very quickly.

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Re: Shot Placement Poll
« Reply #26 on: July 08, 2017, 06:31:21 AM »
heart/lung area for me and I angle the shot so it doesn't catch the off shoulder.

How do you angle your shot, a little left to right English perhaps?
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Re: Shot Placement Poll
« Reply #27 on: July 08, 2017, 01:38:18 PM »
Heart/lungs; although I have shot a few deer in the neck with great results.
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Re: Shot Placement Poll
« Reply #28 on: July 08, 2017, 08:54:32 PM »
Well thanks for all the votes the past few days folks.  I was curious what the stats would look like.

I've had many shots on deer at close range in my life.  My 7mmRM is what I carry these days, and it's been overkill on the short shots but I like the longer range abilities it brings..  I've had some shots the past few years where I've debated on a head or neck or spine above front shoulder shot at <50 yards to save the explosive lungs/organs shots I normally do.  But never have convinced myself to stray from the heart/lung shot mantra that my dad beat into my brain 4 decades ago.  I'm good at gutless deboning now at least.  And switched off the fragmenting bullets (ie Berger VLD) to Accubonds....but even those 168g at 3000fps muzzle velocity can create a mess into the vitals at 50 yards.   

One of these years I may consider an alternate shot location on a close range shot.  But thanks for the votes.  Gives me a better picture of what folks use. 

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Re: Shot Placement Poll
« Reply #29 on: July 08, 2017, 09:10:22 PM »
Everytime I have ever thought of aiming for one of the smaller target zones I think about how stupid and crappy I would feel if I wounded a deer and never recovered an animal because I was trying to get fancy.

I do hate hitting the heart though. That's my favorite part to eat but it's better than eating store bought beef

 

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