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Old October 29, 2012, 06:55 AM   #1
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This old girl stuck her head out last night, unfortunately for her, I had some people that needed some protein. She didn't suffer and no meat was ruined.

150grn Nosler CT BT from the 7mm08 at 125yds.

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Old October 29, 2012, 07:12 AM   #2
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Old October 29, 2012, 07:59 AM   #3
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Old October 29, 2012, 08:12 AM   #4
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She never felt a thing, very humane, excellent shot
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Old October 29, 2012, 08:28 AM   #5
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Old October 29, 2012, 08:35 AM   #6
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She never felt a thing, very humane, excellent shot
concur. well done.
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Old October 29, 2012, 08:48 AM   #7
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Excellent shooting, that's the way to do it.

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Old October 29, 2012, 09:43 AM   #8
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If doing head shots, that's the way you want to do it.

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Old October 29, 2012, 10:31 AM   #9
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Old October 29, 2012, 02:20 PM   #10
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Wow.........I think there is something wrong with her head.
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Old October 29, 2012, 04:20 PM   #11
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Apparently that bullet expanded a bit on the bone...good shooting! They make for ugly pics, but it's the most humane kill if you connect right. The explosive hole made me think it was much closer until I read more closely. It looked like 25 yards to me.
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Old October 29, 2012, 07:14 PM   #12
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I don't do head shots but at 125 yards, that is a damn fine shot.
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Old October 29, 2012, 07:27 PM   #13
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Especially if you are hunting for meat, as in need to harvest all of the tasty parts, a head shot like that is the way to go.

Nice shot! And further props for the 7mm-08, love that loading.
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Old October 30, 2012, 06:44 AM   #14
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Thanks for the kudos. I'll take headshots all day long provided I have a steady rest. To me its no different from aiming for the high shoulder shot to break the spine. I'm extremely confident in my rifle and scope as well as my load as I have spent countless hours on the range and know exactly what it is going to do. Now, I don't always use the headshot, its only when conditions dictate that it is a feasible shot. This old girl had a great big melon, wasn't real skittish and I had a steady rest and good shooting light so, she got misted.

Stay tuned for when Wilbur ventures away from Charlotte's Web into the crosshairs. That little piggy won't be coming home and sure as hell won't have roast beef.
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Old October 30, 2012, 10:37 AM   #15
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Nice size doe. Nice shot too. No meat wasted on this one.
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Old October 30, 2012, 11:28 AM   #16
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nice shot! idk why so few hunters do headshots..
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Old October 30, 2012, 01:27 PM   #17
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I've messed one up before. It didn't end in a lost animal, but it went in below her eye and didn't kill her either. She didn't even fall. It's a tricky shot and you have to be very good to do it. The boiler room drops them too, and with the right bullet, you won't lose much meat. Also, for some of us western hunters, a 300-yard head shot is a little tough to pull off the first time. I'm not saying it can't be done, I'm just saying it's not the best option for some of us.
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Old October 30, 2012, 02:47 PM   #18
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That's my thing too, we, as shooters, constantly talk center mass, and that applies to animals too.
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Old October 30, 2012, 03:54 PM   #19
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That's my thing too, we, as shooters, constantly talk center mass, and that applies to animals too.
I don't advocate or push shots like this on anyone. If the opportunity and confidence of the shot was not there nor the absolute 1000% knowledge that the bullet would have gone exactly where I wanted it, then I would have shot her in the high shoulder. I don't attempt shots like this very often and never without a full rest and "bone bridge" built to make everything rock steady. This was a rare occasion that presented itself to me and I took full advantage of it. I've also worked with this gun and load through hundreds of rounds of practice and knew without a doubt that the bullet would enter right behind her eye into bone.

I'm an experienced shooter and hunter that doesn't get rattled or nervous when a deer comes out that I want to take. Now, bucks with large bones on their noggin's make me excited but I generally take them within a 1/2" or less of where I was aiming.

This really wasn't a very long shot for me, in fact, I'd have been a little more leary of it had she been say 50yds since I would have had to take into account the angle, rise and other factors.
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Old October 30, 2012, 11:21 PM   #20
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nice shot....
Congratulations.
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Old October 31, 2012, 08:33 AM   #21
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I'm not trying to criticize you. That was an excellent shot, without a doubt.
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Old October 31, 2012, 08:38 AM   #22
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Oh no, didn't think you were. I was stating for the masses and less seasoned shooters/hunters on here that this is not a shot that should be undertaken on a whim. That there is a confidence and calmness factor in a shot like that which shouldn't be attempted without 100% certainty in all the variables.
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Old November 7, 2012, 01:14 AM   #23
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Risky shot. A boiler room shot is just as humane: I ve never had a deer say "I just got shot"
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Old November 7, 2012, 07:39 AM   #24
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If you had read what I said about the shot, it wasn't risky. Maybe for you it would have been but not for me and the situation. I don't aim for the furry brown blob in the woods, I target specific points on the deer and never go for a "boiler room" shot. High Shoulder, direct heart shot or a head shot if conditions present it. 95% of the time, I don't have to track a deer and when I do, its usually a short walk. My 7mm08 shoots about 0.375" at 100yds and that's a 5 shot group.

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Old November 7, 2012, 09:37 AM   #25
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Ouch.......that'll leave a mark. Good shot Salty, I don't take headshots but see no problem with them for those with the skill, eyes, and equipment to take them. If I did any scoped rifle hunting I'd probably do it to save meat if the opportunity presented itself.
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