Elephant Shot Placement & The SuperPenetrator

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  1. Norbert Hansen

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    Elephant Shot Placement & The SuperPenetrator

    In the season 2001/2002 I tested the SuperPenetrator on hunting elephant cows and this was simultaneously a lesson on shot placement. The SuperPenetrator, optimized for elephant head shots, performed extremely effective. The tissue pressed out the ears and trunk indicates high pressure damage inside.

    Eight big mature elephant cows were hunted, 5 with tusk and 3 tusk less.
    Distance was between 15 to 22 meters.
    Five frontal head shots, all one shot kills under very varying angles.
    One side brain shot, also an one shot kill.
    Two side head shots which were not perfect and needed two respective three more shots.
    White arrows indicate the bullets entrance, red lines mark the bullets path inside.

    My experience from many head shots now is, that it is more likely to bring down an elephant with a frontal head shot than with a side head shot, though the brain itself is a smaller target from the front than from the side. The reason is, that a good bullet / cartridge combination after passing the brain can damage also the first vertebrae of the neck. When missing the brain from the side, a quick neck shot is a very effective means to bring down the animal.

    Frontal head shot, head was angled down, one shot kill

    Frontal head shot, angled sideways, one shot kill

    Frontal head shot, downhill, one shot kill

    Side head shot, one shot kill

    Frontal head shot, uphill, one shot kill
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    Frontal head shot, very straight, one shot kill

    Side head shot, too high, second neck/spine shot takes it down, third finishing shot in the chest
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    Herd was running away, quick shot was too high, elephant was stopped with a hip shot (1), brought down with a spine shot from behind (2) and finished with a brain shot slightly angled from behind (2). (1) in the third image is the bullets exit from the first shot.
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    An elephant bull with a clean frontal brain shot

    .458 Lott/Watts.
    Case length 2.85
    COL 3.64
    SuperPenetrator 500 gr at 2380 f/s
    Compact brass design with integral disk.

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