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Old 11-18-2003, 04:19 PM
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I am going on a deer drive this weekend and I have rarely shot at a running deer. What are some tips or ways to shoot running deer. Should I shoot a .300 Savage w/ a scope or a 30-30 w/ open sights. I really don' t think 30-30' s have that much power. I was on a deer drive this past weekend and shot at a deer 4 times and missed every time.(w/ a scope) and so did my friend. You don' t have to lead them do you?
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Old 11-18-2003, 04:21 PM
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i would either use the 30-30 or the .300 with the scope on the lowest power, the 30-30 does have enough power to kill a deer easy. i would lead them a little bit depending on the range that you are shooting.
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Old 11-18-2003, 04:25 PM
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Joel , shoot only at a deer when he is landing and aim1.5-2 feet in front of his throat level with his back...BT
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Old 11-18-2003, 04:29 PM
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I think i' ll shoot the .300 i just remembered that it had a flip over scope, but it makes it unsighted in.(???) Thanks a lot. I didn' t think you had to lead them. What is the reason for shooting them when they land?
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Old 11-18-2003, 04:38 PM
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yes joel , it takes a deer a few split seconds to start back up. you should be good with that around the 60- 130 yards. anything closer shorten your lead.
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Old 11-18-2003, 05:56 PM
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The 30-30 should be fine within 150 yards. Open sights are easier to use when leading a running animal as you can see the whole picture. Whatever you do, be sure of your shot. Wounding and loosing an animal is a terrible thing.
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Old 11-18-2003, 06:19 PM
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A method I use is to pick an opening or shooting lane in the trees a few yards ahead of the deer and wait for deer to enter your scope x-hair, then squeeze. Don' t try to shoot a running deer by following it with your scope unless your reflexes are very good.
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Old 11-18-2003, 06:44 PM
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I use a scope on low power and find it better than open sights.I also shoot with both eyes open.
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Old 11-18-2003, 06:53 PM
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You shoot them on the way down because they cannont change there direction on the way down only on the way up.
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Old 11-18-2003, 08:45 PM
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Any time that their feet are off the ground they can' t change direction whether they are going up or down.
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