I had a warthog duck the string that hit way too high and we didn't recover it at 17 yards with a 410 grain arrow at around 280 fps. The speed of sound is so much faster than even the fastest bow that there's always a possibility of string jump. On the other hand I've shot numerous species in africa with my recurve at about 180 fps that didn't jump, so no sure thing. Even if the arrow impacted slightly lower there's no guarantee it would have worked out. I have went both ways and shot a sable with a light arrow and failed to get good penetration.