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“bowwild”Those who argue for the simple “hole in the lungs” is all that is the goal need to remember, without enough damage or hydrostatic shock, the animal will leave the spot where it was shot, usually very fast and quite far. 

The lungs can’t function if they’re punctured with big enough holes. The hole is the “damage.” Lungs that are punctured enough collapse in a few seconds and the animal suffocates. What stops that from happening is when the holes are too small, allowing for them to clot. If they clot, the lungs can reinflate. Or, if the shot punctures one lung but not the other, the animal can live on with one lung. This is what most often happens with bad bow shots. One lung will get clipped but the other one will not. 

My experience has been that larger game animals take the pellet to the lungs, then after taking a few steps, they stand around and stare until they collapse. Or they run a short distance, then stop and collapse within view distance of the shot.

Larger animals seem to run further when they’re shot with bullets over pellets. That’s been my experience anyhow, and what videos I’ve seen also seems to bare that out. I believe the difference is that bullets hurt a lot more than pellets because an expanding airgun bullet is ripping as it goes, while the pellet is just making a clean puncture.  That’s the only way I can explain the way they often stand and stare after reacting to the initial hit. It has to be something other than just the quietness of the gun because bows are quiet and I have yet to see a mortally hit deer stand and stare after taking a bow shot. Something must feel different to the animal when the pellet goes thru than how a bullet or arrow feels. Mind you this is larger animals I’m talking about. Animals that weigh more than the FPE of the projectile. When it comes to small animals, they often run with pellets just as they do with bullets.