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Caitlin, my apologies for the flippant reply. The response above is correct. A buffalo’s vitals are further forward than what NA hunters are used to. As mentioned, Kevin Robertson’s work is the best guide for shot placement on buffalo I have found.
 

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As Kevin Robertson has wrote in detail, you want your shot to be in the center of the vital triangle. Idealy you want to shoot the top of the heart , severing any artery’s as well as passing through both lungs. To achieve this shot on a full broad side , you place your shot on the shoulder.
In my opinion, from all of my reading and research, a shot behind the shoulder on a buffalo can decrease your room for error, not increase it. A one lung shot buffalo is recipe for disaster. That said, anyone is open to correct me on my statements , I’m not an experienced buffalo hunter what so ever.
wow okay thank you so much
 

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Caitlin, my apologies for the flippant reply. The response above is correct. A buffalo’s vitals are further forward than what NA hunters are used to. As mentioned, Kevin Robertson’s work is the best guide for shot placement on buffalo I have found.
thank you for the help! i will definitely give it a read
 

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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.

For me, the key is to pick an aim point-talking of area is a bit misleading. You need to get the upper heart aim point in your mind and aim for that. Then there is a margin for error around that. And a single lung shot can result in a long follow up and even loss of an animal. Upper heart (which will usually include a lung or two and maybe shoulder bone if quartering or side on) will put the animal down quick.

Zimbabwean PH's are tested at 75 m with a 7" gong off sticks or a tree rest-two shots to count towards their final score, other tests obviously included. It requires that you know your rifle and your sights a lot more than a scope.
This is correct. Aim for the TOP of the heart, not the heart, not the middle of the heart. In fact, I would advise aiming for the junction between the top of the heart and the great vessels, which is really splitting hairs.

Margin of error is the key to success. Try to make every shot perfect and realize that errors will happen. If you aim for the heart, you've got minimal margin of error on the low side. If you aim for the top of the heart, you've got a good margin of error all around.
 

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This is correct. Aim for the TOP of the heart, not the heart, not the middle of the heart. In fact, I would advise aiming for the junction between the top of the heart and the great vessels, which is really splitting hairs.

Margin of error is the key to success. Try to make every shot perfect and realize that errors will happen. If you aim for the heart, you've got minimal margin of error on the low side. If you aim for the top of the heart, you've got a good margin of error all around.
As to original question- yes, IMO most are pretty anatomically accurate.

And yep ^^ exactly, allowing for the greatest margin for error... that's what I do. Geographic center of largest vital area. Visualize in 3D how to get a bullet there from any direction. That means using a caliber and bullet capable of doing that... as every field angle will be different and some will not be ideal, especially after the first shot. Here's the ideal broadside angle showing (yellow X) where I try to put a bullet on most game for the "geographic" center of the heart/lung vital area. And there is another similar thread on the Forum covering the same ground.

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Neck vertebrae on this buff is all wrong....it dips down to the point of the shoulder, much lower than indicated........
 

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Yes, definitely dips down a little farther than what shows on transparency as it passes between shoulders. Driving a bullet along and through a group of neck vertebrae of a heavy animal can test a bullet’s toughness on certain frontal shot angles. Same consideration applies to eland. Just part of what can make frontal shot angles challenging and problematic. :)
 

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I think this is close to the correction @IvW is referring to. (Red lines)

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I was under the impression that most African PHs suggest a shot on the shoulder when a full broadside shot is presented on buffalo, not above or behind it.
Interesting statement- I have been told all three and if you ask the guys to point, they all point to the same spot.

Confusing but where exactly is the shoulder as you understand it ? Is it the big muscle mass- that is your on the shoulder description. Is it the shoulder joint-Then behind the shoulder is the correct description for exactly the same spot. And then the most confusing- above the shoulder is actually above the elbow ! The person explaining knows exactly where he is indicating but you may have a different idea altogether. Lastly-The vital triangle is formed by the scapula, shoulder joint and 'elbow' of the buffalo. Again it indicates the same aim point. I think pictures and pointing probably solve this problem.
 

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