Side on is better as you are likely to take heart and both lungs with a decent shot. 10-12 inches diameter for the lungs and about 6 inches for the heart. Front on is more challenging because you can get heart with no lungs if dead centre or one lung and no heart if you are off centre.I have gained much good knowledge out of this post. I would just like to know what are the typical distances shots are taken at? Also how big is the frontal shot area? I have a feeling the broadside shot is about the size of a car door but the frontal area has me scratching my head
As Nhoro says the heart on a buffalo is about 6". All the PHs I've spoken to prefer taking a broadside shot, as it would also take out a shoulder, the heart or lungs. Here's a pic (sorry its a bit dark) from a buff I hit broadside through the heart in Zambia. The size of the heart can be guaged by tracker's hands.All sounds like good ol challenging stuff if using an open sighted double
yep - this is what i do for a living. you shot keeps me in the game. good info ahead of time is a good idea!There is so much crap out there about bullet placement and kinds of bullets to use that I'm glad to see this post because it helps clear things up. Hell, y'all even got pictures.