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Whitetail deer question

Forums Hunting Whitetail deer question

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    Hgb7862
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    Hey guys of the ones that are actually hunting whitetails with their air guns where are you aiming for? Head? Behind shoulder? How has recovery been? I have a 45 texan shooting 280 grain hollow points at about 860 fps.

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    AncientSword
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    Shot my last one through the heart quartering away. Planning to take neck shots if possible next year. 
    I used a badger .40 on helium this year (220 grain at 1100+ FPS) but planning to use a Texan LSS CF next year with 350 grain.

    My doe ran 40 yards or so and dropped dead.

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    wimpanzee
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    I took mine this year with a liver shot – I think I deflected on a twig from my intended behind the shoulder shot.

    196NSA @ 830fps went all the way through.

    She ran about 40-50 yards and was expired when I arrived.

    Like AncientSword, I am planning on trying a neck shot next.

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    scallen2112
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    Had to take mine moving, but got a double lung on a small doe with the .457 Texan Carbine CF. I'm using 300 grain Mr Hollowpoints at about 840.

    On the doe and a couple hogs I have gotten heart/lung shots on, I am finding that I am not getting a pass through. It's doing massive internal damage, but I am not getting a blood trail to follow. I think a slightly more solid slug may help in that regard, because I am getting huge expansion with the Mr Hollowpoints.

    I did get a good head shot on a hog and dropped it instantly. I would say to take the best kill shot you can. If standing still enough, then go for the head or neck for a DRT. If not, then hit them in the boiler house where a few inches either way is still a kill shot. It really depends on what shot you have.

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    BigTinBoat
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    I don't have a BigBore AG but here is a head shot from Cheplicki. Never seen one go down quicker then this.

    https://www.youtube.com/embed/51zBbbxp2Qo

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    Bowhunter73
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    I have a Texan 457 shooting the NSA 280gr hpbt neck shot dropped my doe in her tracks and 2 years ago I dropped a doe with my Badger 40 at 70 yards with a Mr. Hollowpoint 180gr I'm a firm believer in neck shots dropping them in their tracks, I hate having to trail them through the brushy areas I've been hunting in.

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    Quad82
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    I shot 2 does with the Badger second to last day of our season. They were 30 and 60 yards apart. The first dropped on the spot and didn’t twitch. The second one froze there looking at me while I reloaded. She dropped on the spot too. But she did lift her head up a couple times, so I finished her in the back of the head.  I shoot deer with the Badger just like I do with the bow, right behind the shoulder. Other then these 2, most all have run about 70 yards before dropping. With cold weather changing my psi in my gun makes a big change on poi. That and being cold and maybe a little anchise, not to mention being busted, I shoot for the lungs and hope for a pass through. 

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    Cheplicki
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    I have dropped all but one deer with a neck shoot will my bulldog and me tc45… I did drop one with a head shot using a 35cal poly mag

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    kip5555
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    Hope Ohio will join in and let us use Air Rifles.  Anyone have any info on that? Love to hear from you. Thanks  Kip.

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    LostinTejas
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    Just about any of those will do. https://www.airgun101.com/index.php/component/allvideoshare/video/airgun-ballistic-gel-test-348-gr-281-gr-hp-bt-knurl-nielsen-specialty-ammo?Itemid=529

    You may want to up the weight a bit, but unless the deer where you are are very large, like some of the Mn 300+ pounders, or you get an odd angle, you should get passthrough. Make sure to follow up on any shot. Think archery type performance.

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    Enazle
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    First year for me here in Texas. My .308 LSS shots a 144 Grain Hollow point 1025 FPS. Shot was placed just outside the elbow, ended up being a lung and liver shot. Doe went 40 yards with no blood trail. Shot was about 1" high and at 115 yards.

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    kip5555
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    Awesome!  

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    holo07
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    Hey Kip I am also in Ohio and would to give air rifle a try.

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    kip5555
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    Hi Holo07,

    I hunt in Glenmount Ohio.  Unbelievable hunting.  I have a great spot where I shoud be able to take a 25 yard shot all day long. Hope we can use air rifles soon as well.  Kip

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    ttg_tyler89
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    Heart or lung they won’t get but 30-100 yards 

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    RTR
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    I only do UPPER neck or head shots…..No wasted meat,  no tracking them,  no dealing w/a gut full of blood and stink   (as with  w/a cavity shot),and no dragging them Up-Hill as w/a  dead run downhill  cavity shot 90% of the time……..And if its a miss…its a clean miss.

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    targyros42
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    boiler room

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    Enazle
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    So has anyone else noticed that head and neck shots leave a lot of blood in the tissue like I have? I think I want them to bleed out as much as possible before they expire. And it only seams to be noticeable on older deer, I've shot yearlings in the neck and they don't seem to have the bloody tissue like older deer do? I don't know I may be seeing things?

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    egovro
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    I shot mine at 85 yards, north eastern Missouri 8 pointer..  380 grain nsa hollow point out of a .50 hammer.  Exit hole had chunks of heart hanging out, ran 35 yards.

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    Emu
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    Two of my white tailed were taken with .357 two lunghs and heart. They walked 30 yards and die there.

    The third one (picture below) taken with my .357 was feeding with the head down. I hit it among the eyes and the horns. None of the deer I have hunted with my 30-06 died faster.

     

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