I will be 70 in a few months and grew up hunting and target shooting. Know the gun and most of all know your own ability with that weapon. I head shoot everything, squirrels, deer, groundhogs. I can't hit a barn from the inside with a shotgun! I have watch good marksmen make great shots on paper and shake so bad when a deer walked out. You do what is comfortable for you and make a good shot, keeping in mind to quickly put down that target. I will say this, too many hunters use a cannon to compensate for poor marksmanship! My buddy who owns a gun shop tells me his best business is on the weekend of deer opener. Quick buy a rifle, hunt, sell it back after the season ends. Good shooting and God Bless!