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Old December 10, 2018, 07:24 AM   #9
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If the bullet does not do significant CNS damage, either directly (direct impact damage) or indirectly (hydraulic and/or hydrostatic shock), expect the animal to run, or at least to remain upright.
Very true.

Most all my deer kills are with a .50 or .54 muzzleloader. i usually try for a high shoulder shot or a high shot just behind the shoulder. With high shoulder shots one sometimes sees a bruise on the back straps: This happened with a large doe i killed in late October.

Killed this buck in mid October on Fort Sill. Bullet was a .490 patched round ball, distance was 35-40 yards. The animal hit the ground, kicked for several seconds and expired.

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