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Old 06-18-2017, 06:01 PM   #1
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How many of you guys take high shoulder shot?
If so, have you had good success with it?
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Old 06-18-2017, 06:04 PM   #2
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Yes, and yes.

I take my rifle shots right up the leg and about 1/2 way up the body.

Take the wheels out and you are generally good to go.
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Old 06-18-2017, 06:06 PM   #3
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Me. Too old to drag 'em anymore. I like to drive right up on 'em. And yes, it works every time. Don't use a plastic tipped bullet though, too explosive.
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Old 06-18-2017, 06:09 PM   #4
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High shoulder shot will disrupt the central nervious system and drop them right there. High means high, at least 3/4 plus the way up and right on the tip of the shoulder.
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Old 06-18-2017, 06:10 PM   #5
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Yeah I think I'm gonna give it a go.
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Old 06-18-2017, 06:12 PM   #6
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Is this where you guys generally are ?
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Old 06-18-2017, 06:32 PM   #7
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Do not discount a shot in the base of the neck. Same results....DRT every time.
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Old 06-18-2017, 06:35 PM   #8
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I started doing this instead of behind the shoulder. This way is better.
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Old 06-18-2017, 06:35 PM   #9
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Yep. Every time I shoot a rifle. No more tracking.
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Old 06-18-2017, 06:44 PM   #10
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Some loss of meat I would assume, but I think DRT (in many situations) would be worth it.
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Old 06-18-2017, 06:53 PM   #11
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Anywhere from behind the ear to above the shoulder blade about 5" from the top of their back. Drops them everytime.

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Old 06-18-2017, 08:15 PM   #12
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I shoot bucks behind the shoulder if they are broadside. Easy blood trails.
Lower the better. Does and pigs I get a little more creative.
I want the hogs DRT and no dragging or trailing. We have lost a lot of boars with crappy
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Old 06-18-2017, 08:56 PM   #13
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Is this where you guys generally are ?
Thats the ticket!
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Old 06-18-2017, 09:12 PM   #14
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Yup! I've seen tiny calibers knock em down with the high shoulder shot.
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Old 06-18-2017, 09:21 PM   #15
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That's my go to shot. Kills are usually DRT and dramatic.




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Old 06-18-2017, 10:38 PM   #16
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Yup! I've seen tiny calibers knock em down with the high shoulder shot.
That was going to be my question, is this a good shot for .223 in 55gr soft nose?
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Old 06-18-2017, 10:39 PM   #17
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Why not aim for heart/lungs?
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Old 06-18-2017, 10:40 PM   #18
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The only shot I take.
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Old 06-18-2017, 10:50 PM   #19
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I have never taken it myself but I have had clients do it and my boss swears by it. The first time I saw it the deer reacted like a leg shot and I was getting ready to track. Drive to where the deer was shot and he made it about 3 yards
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Old 06-18-2017, 10:56 PM   #20
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Why not aim for heart/lungs?


I can only answer for me...

Because they don't run through cactus/mesquites that I have to drag them back through.
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Old 06-18-2017, 11:03 PM   #21
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If I was meat hunting back when I used to shoot rifles a lot, I put it right under the ear if their head was broadside... If lookin' at me, right in the white throat patch... Ain't no way I'd shoot one in the meat if I was meat hunting... If it was a trophy, I'd drop down a joint or 2 in the neck... If you hit where you aim, apply the archery philosophy, "aim small, hit small"... Someone who knows their rifle and shoots it regularly and accurately, there's no reason not to take out the central nervous system with your shot... this is NOT a shot for the guy who goes to the range or puts up a corn sack and shoots 3 shots a year...
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Old 06-18-2017, 11:08 PM   #22
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This is my go to shot placement. Was taught to center it in the shoulders when I was a kid, then figured out I could just drop them in their tracks if I aimed a little above center shoulder. The front of the lungs always look like jello with this shot too
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Old 06-18-2017, 11:55 PM   #23
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I did it with a B&C buck....I was taking no chances....he went three feet...straight down.
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Old 06-19-2017, 04:55 AM   #24
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Old 06-19-2017, 06:36 AM   #25
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That was going to be my question, is this a good shot for .223 in 55gr soft nose?
I have done it with that set up and it works but the bullet will come apart. Switch to a Barness TSX and it works great. That small fast bullet will penetrate it no problem and the all copper bullet it tougher than the lead nose.


223 exits aren't known for their blood trails so if you can break a shoulder or two it's hepful
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Old 06-19-2017, 06:38 AM   #26
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I have use the high shoulder or point of the shoulder shot for over 25 yrs now on 100's of animals. It is the only shot to use in thick or rough country when hunting by yourself so the animal does not take a step into the brush. When culling I prefer the quartering to me shot in the crease of the neck/shoulder area. The deer hits the ground and does not move. I have used a .223 a lot on high shoulder shots and killed a lot more with larger calibers.
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Old 06-19-2017, 06:52 AM   #27
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I wanna try this, this year
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Old 06-19-2017, 07:10 AM   #28
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Yup. 55 grain v-max
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Old 06-19-2017, 07:34 AM   #29
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Yep! Point of shoulder and the butt hits the ground instantly. Severs the spine and everything to the rear is paralyzed. Also blows up the main arteries.
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Old 06-19-2017, 09:03 AM   #30
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Why not aim for heart/lungs?
When you take into consideration the Hydrostatic shock that the bullet creates when it enters the cavity there is normally significant damage to the lungs as well. If you shoot a deer in the traditional "behind the shoulder" location the projectile and the hydrostatic shock do damage to the heart and lungs, but generally not a lot of damage to the skeletal system. This allows the deer to possibly run. The high shoulder shot disables the skeletal system by physically breaking the front shoulders. The hydrostatic shock then causes damage to the Aorta and also normally causes significant damage to the lungs. Therefore, you actually have just as ethical of shot in regards to targeting vitals, but have physically taken the legs out of the deer at the same time. Its my go to shot on most whitetails (depending on distance).
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Old 06-19-2017, 09:25 AM   #31
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My son shot this 219lb boar this weekend with a high shoulder shot out of a .308. He was DRT. Never took a step.
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Old 06-19-2017, 09:53 AM   #32
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is my favored shot placement given a broadside shot. Like others have said, DRT.
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Old 06-19-2017, 10:10 AM   #33
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I have and have had good luck with it every time. As long as the caliber and ammo has sufficient energy it should drop the animal in its tracks. They may not always be dead as a hammer but they won't go anywhere.
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Old 06-19-2017, 10:23 AM   #34
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If I was meat hunting back when I used to shoot rifles a lot, I put it right under the ear if their head was broadside... If lookin' at me, right in the white throat patch... Ain't no way I'd shoot one in the meat if I was meat hunting... If it was a trophy, I'd drop down a joint or 2 in the neck... If you hit where you aim, apply the archery philosophy, "aim small, hit small"... Someone who knows their rifle and shoots it regularly and accurately, there's no reason not to take out the central nervous system with your shot... this is NOT a shot for the guy who goes to the range or puts up a corn sack and shoots 3 shots a year...
This shot is definitely not for the newbie or kiddos. I really don't like wasting meat, and I don't see much difference in walking 30 yards from were they were standing to load them up, to dropping them and blowing some meat up. Though I can see situations where you wouldn't want the getting in the "thick stuff" to go ahead and put them on the ground.
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Old 06-19-2017, 10:31 AM   #35
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Don't use a plastic tipped bullet though, too explosive.


Extremely inaccurate statement! Some of the toughest & deepest penetrating bullets made now have plastic tips.
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Old 06-19-2017, 11:37 AM   #36
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That was going to be my question, is this a good shot for .223 in 55gr soft nose?
The axis in my avatar was shot w/ that exact setup at about 100 yards and never took a step.
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Old 06-19-2017, 11:53 AM   #37
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I shoot center shoulder a tad lower... DRT


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Old 06-19-2017, 12:11 PM   #38
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I shoot center shoulder a tad lower... DRT


Yep, me too but anywhere between the 2 spots will work. I'm just glad to finally see a thread where a .223 will kill a deer
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Old 06-21-2017, 10:20 PM   #39
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Depends on animal and goal.

Long range and / or trophy high shoulder is the shot.

Standard range meat or cull deer it goes through the lunges, I'm confident I can make the 20-50 yard track and not waste an ounce of meat.
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Old 06-21-2017, 10:45 PM   #40
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The one deer I neck shot spun a 360 on its hind legs and fell over dead. Walking up, it looked like Dexter went to town on him there was so much blood spray.


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Old 06-21-2017, 10:56 PM   #41
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Tried it once, one hell of a mess quartering that thing up and didn't like it. I like to put the shoulders off nice and clean in one piece not globules of coagulated goo and chunks all over and I also don't like chewing on bone fragments.
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Old 06-21-2017, 11:03 PM   #42
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I prefer base of the neck. DRT, no tracking, and doesn't ruin any of the best meat. Neck meat is full of nerves and gristle anyway.
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Old 06-21-2017, 11:05 PM   #43
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Yep, me too but anywhere between the 2 spots will work. I'm just glad to finally see a thread where a .223 will kill a deer
Haha- I hear ya. Quality bullet with good placement, DRT.
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Old 06-21-2017, 11:13 PM   #44
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Dirt naps are always good....I like it!
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Old 06-21-2017, 11:15 PM   #45
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Yep, we call it the 2 by 6. Two inches forward of the elbow joint and 6 inches up. Dirt nap.
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Old 06-22-2017, 12:16 AM   #46
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Disconnects the descending aorta from the rest of the body. DRT
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