Originally Posted by Muliemaster
This year I took 4 elk, 3 deer,an, 3 antalope all with a 7mmSTW, every shoulder shot resulted in damaged meat thats the nature of the beast. Try neck shots or head shots if u want solid clean kills with less damage to the meat. My daughter shot both her deer in the neck as well as here elk.
I know a lot of folks are fans of the neck shot but I'm not one of them. I will only take a neck shot if he's in tall grass and that's all he presents.
In 25 years of deer hunting, most of which I used a .243, I have always aimed for the cardiac cavity. If I miss the heart there are so many large arteries that bleed-out and a generous blood trail are guaranteed. Not to mention that you have t go through a lung to get there. I think the longest I've had a deer run was about 60 yards. This shot will also have the added benefit of no meat loss. Granted, if he's quartered to or from my line of sight, one shoulder may have to be sacrificed.
With a larger caliber like a .270 a good neck shot will probably drop him. I cut my teeth on a smaller caliber and that's the way I was taught to kill and it has worked pretty much flawlessly for me.
Something else just occurred to me. Whenever I watch hunting shows on the Outdoor channel, I never see a neck shot. Must be a reason.