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outrigger
November 17, 2008, 01:48 PM
51 years old, hunting for 7 years and I finally harvested my first deer. 149 pounds dressed, 7 point as we count them here in VT, I used a Marlin 1894C with a Buffalo Bore .357mag with 158gr. J.H.P. Very clean kill, he only ran about 150 feet. The bullet passed just behind his right shoulder, through a rib, through both lungs and lodged just under the skin by the opposite shoulder. I was concerned that the pistol caliber wouldn't be sufficient, but it was very effective. Good expansion and plenty of damage internally. Shot placement counts!

Perajio
November 17, 2008, 01:56 PM
Congratulations!! I'm still looking for mine.......:rolleyes::D

Brian Pfleuger
November 17, 2008, 02:09 PM
:D

The bullet passed just behind his right shoulder, through a rib, through both lungs and lodged just under the skin by the opposite shoulder.

That's exactly what you want. Use ALL the energy inside the deer.
Actually, in a perfect world, the bullet would be laying on the ground right where the deer stood after having exactly the right energy dissipation to just puncture the skin on the opposite side and fall out.:D

Brad Clodfelter
November 17, 2008, 02:24 PM
Great job!

My first deer was a 7pt buck as well many years ago. And about the same size as yours. ;)

Now you got the first one out of the way, it makes you want to keep going. :D

sasquatch
November 17, 2008, 03:41 PM
51 years old, hunting for 7 years and I finally harvested my first deer. 149 pounds dressed, 7 point as we count them here in VT

Congrats......sounds like a nice buck! Got pictures?

Actually, in a perfect world, the bullet would be laying on the ground right where the deer stood after having exactly the right energy dissipation to just puncture the skin on the opposite side and fall out

Actually, I'd rather have a half-dollar sized exit wound and the deer laying dead "on the ground".

rem870hunter
November 17, 2008, 05:29 PM
congrats, sounds like a nice deer. its bigger than my first. you almost never forget your first deer, and the smell inside when you dress them.

Kreyzhorse
November 17, 2008, 08:57 PM
Congrats on your first deer! May there be many more!

fisherman66
November 17, 2008, 09:00 PM
Excellent!

That's exactly what you want. Use ALL the energy inside the deer.

Awe, I'd prefer a full pass through for trailing reasons.

hogdogs
November 17, 2008, 09:09 PM
Assuming all the energy expelled inside the deer does the job than trailing shouldn't be real hard;)
Brent

Swampghost
November 17, 2008, 09:12 PM
Way to go!! Now go out and get some more!\

Any pics?

zahnzieh
November 18, 2008, 12:21 AM
congratulations on your first deer! I too like the projectile(arrow or bullet) to pass through the deer for the reason of having a nice easily read blood trail if/when having to track. You will remember your first kill and also you will remember your first track successful or not! Sooner or later you will have to track a deer and you always remember the first one you never find! Good hunters learn from the experience, I know, I did.:o

summerman
November 24, 2008, 07:59 PM
Congratulations!!! Keep it up and teach someone else to hunt too. Pass on the tradition.