BOWHUNTING Rhinoceros

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  1. AfricaHunting.com

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    Bowhunting Rhinoceros Shot Placement

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    These guys are build like tanks!!!!

    I did penetration test with my bow on a rhino after being hunted by client.

    My setup generated 98ft/lbs energy.

    Penetration was only 8 inches.

    Granted I did not use a 2 blade broad head as none was available, but the 125gr Slick Ticks performed well.

    This to give you an idea how thick the skin in on the shoulder

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    An archery hunter I know who has hunted all over the globe and also taken the big five with his bow.................had a bit of trouble with the rhino. I saw some video of his white rhino and it was rather grim.

    As you have noted Gerhard, penetration was not good and suffice it to say there was a rhino running around with a number of arrows sticking out of it before it finally went down. Not a text book archery kill and certainly not a video that one would want out in non-hunting circles.
     
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    I have also mad a deliberate shot on the rib bone of the rhino.

    All shot were taken at distance of 20 yards....

    The arrow weight was 850gr and I hit the rib bone solid and even with all that energy that is created the arrow stopped dead against that rib bone as if I have shot he arrow into a concrete wall!!!!

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    Sorry for resurrecting a dead thread, but...

    Backing out those numbers, it looks like you had
    850 grain arrow
    98 Ft Lbs K.E.

    Therefore,
    ~228 FPS velocity
    0.86 Slugs Momentum

    Recommended minimum I saw was 105 Ft-Lbs KE with a 950 grain arrow for 0.94 Slugs Momentum (223 FPS)

    You were under the recommendation, but not by much. The 3 blade BH certainly was a problem. All this is likely moot now unless somebody knows where it is allowed to hunt rhino with a bow. I am very close to hitting the numbers needed - probably can do it if I just crank up my poundage again. The $64,000 question (and hopefully it is not $64,000) is where one can shoot a rhino with a bow these days?
     
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    There are no dead threads on AH :), all of the information here is to be used as much as possible. (y)
     
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    With 125 grain heads he might not have had enough FOC , the right broadhead and a heavier arrow may have made quite a difference.
     
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    At 850 grains for his TAW, I suspect he had a heavy insert and a decent FOC. The three blade BH was probably by far the biggest detractor on penetration.
     

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