Shot To The Heart

Discussion in 'Shot Placement' started by Bicholui, Sep 28, 2010.

  1. ArmyGrunt

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    The shadow is just almost Tom Servo
     
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    small kudu heart shot on the run, made about 35 yards and when down. .375 H&H 270 gr bullet at 2600 fps.

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    that kudu in you'r avatar looks a lot like an impala! lol:ROFLMAO::ROFLMAO::ROFLMAO:
    Damn nice impala!
     
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    Quite different onions, yet I know the combination work. I do appreciate all the comments and recommendations.
    She is comfortable and not recoil shy, next season we will step it up to another calibre. I would need ample time to accustom to a heavier calibre/ load.

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    Save for small animals (like springbuck), the majority of heart shot animals will either jump upwards and then bolt or simply bolt. Sometimes they will kick the hind legs forward under the body as if to kick the chest before bolting (typical of kudu). Primary cause of death is disruption of circulation and bleeding out, which takes a bit of time.
    This is why a heart shot is not a realistic option for stopping a charge, except for cats. ( A buffalo shot in the heart at close range can easily kill you, your PH and the tracker before the loss of blood takes it out!)
     

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    I've seen all sorts of reactions from a heart shot, from DRT, to the animal sprinting several hundred meters before dropping dead. One thing is constant, they are going to die quickly.
    I think it all has to do with the volume of the heart at the time of impact, as explained well in 'The Perfect Shot". This determines whether the heart explodes or springs a slow leak...
     
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    Yes, I suppose that could play a role.
    What I do know is that bullet construction and velocity on impact play a role - i.e. a frangible bullet will have a devastating impact if it penetrates the heart , often destroying it; whereas a solid or tough bullet (like an A frame) will generally just make a clean hole , resulting in a slower kill. (The fellow from NZ who writes on terminal ballistics has done a lot of studies on this, which make interesting reading).
    My observations are based on the use of tough/premium bullets as we mainly use that type for our applications.
    Having said that, I did shoot a few wildebeest with Nosler partitions. The kills were spectacular, but the meat damage was too extensive for my liking - looked as though they had been shot with small grenades!
     

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    I've never seen this before very often.
    And I made countless kill shots over the years.
    But, with pure heart shots the game often still goes relatively far.
    Probably when the aorta is filled with blood and the brain is still supplied.
    An Impala, a red deer, needs four seconds for 100m.And what are four,five seconds ?

    Also, I think heart wounds are painful.
    I've fortunately never had a heart attack, but everyone who had one, told me it was a terrible pain.
    And an animal can still press the speed until it falls over.
    The aorta's empty when you hit the heart, it falls in the bang.
     
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