Shot Placement

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You are standing next to a tree and hear a twig snap down in the swamp. Then up out of the swamp comes this giant. He is 50 yards away and your rifle is up and on him.

I aim for red.

What color do you pick?

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It appears he's standing uphill from me? If he's uphill from me then it's orange, but if he's even or below me then I'd take red.
 

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If I could stop shaking and stay calm enough to “pick a spot” and not just see BROWN in the scope, I would go for what he is presenting as center mass...red!
 

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I would choose the red dot and give myself a little more margin for error as a lot of my shots are offhand and don't hit exactly where they are intended to.
 

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I would choose the red dot and give myself a little more margin for error as a lot of my shots are offhand and don't hit exactly where they are intended to.
Smart. I always aim for the kill shot with the greatest margin for error. Like you said, you could be a little off, or your rifle could be a little off from the last time you went down on a snowy slope.
 

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I was going to say the doe but thought better of it.
 

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Would anyone say that you should not shoot because he is on a hill crest?
Not me! There’s a chunk of jacketed, mushrooming, lead going through the top of that front shoulder, through a lung or 2 and rib bones (possibly more shoulder bones or ribs depending on how the bullet acts) on the other side...plenty of backstop!
 

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I'm aiming for the red in that scenario all day. I've hit a number of them in that vicinity, some seemed dead before they hit the ground, others went 75 yards. I hit one halfway between purple and blue once probably due to a combination of factors (he was on the move, had begun to quarter more to me than I recognized being that he was pretty long deer). He only went a 100 yards or so but required a follow-up shot. Hit one lung and the liver.
 

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I'm aiming for the red in that scenario all day. I've hit a number of them in that vicinity, some seemed dead before they hit the ground, others went 75 yards. I hit one halfway between purple and blue once probably due to a combination of factors (he was on the move, had begun to quarter more to me than I recognized being that he was pretty long deer). He only went a 100 yards or so but required a follow-up shot. Hit one lung and the liver.
Yes, good chance he is going down, but I've seen them run off crashing into things even with that shot.
 
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