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post #1 of 33 (permalink) Old 12-31-2016, 12:06 AM Thread Starter
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Hardest blood trail?

What creates the hardest blood trail if it even creates one.. to follow most often? Muzzleloader, arrow, or bullet?
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What creates the hardest blood trail if it even creates one.. to follow most often? Muzzleloader, arrow, or bullet?

A poor shot. LOL. I have seen tough trails by all 3 and one's that Stevie Wonder could see. Lots of variables, but all things considered the arrow probably has the hardest blood trail of the 3.
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It's all depends. Are we talking about a complete pass through for each or just a single entry wound and no exit? I will say hardest would be muzzle loader, arrow, then rifle but like cspot said many variables come into play
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Muzzleloader for sure. Like punching a deer with a piece of 3/8 rerod. Hands down, the poorest trails , sometimes no trail, came from lead round balls.
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this is the toughest with a round ball I believe.
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It's all depends. Are we talking about a complete pass through for each or just a single entry wound and no exit? I will say hardest would be muzzle loader, arrow, then rifle but like cspot said many variables come into play
Overall, on the whole, which produces the hardest trail.
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My vote goes to muzzleloader...round ball or other projectile like a powerbelt.
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A poor shot. LOL. I have seen tough trails by all 3 and one's that Stevie Wonder could see. Lots of variables, but all things considered the arrow probably has the hardest blood trail of the 3.
Poor shot..not all the time lol. As a youngster I used to grip the gun so tight and wrap my arm in the sling to steady. All that did was have me pull everything. I shot at a standing deer at 75 yards behind the shoulder and pulled it way left and hit the jugular....there was no blood trail...just a huge blood puddle with a deer in it.
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Muzzleloader for sure. Like punching a deer with a piece of 3/8 rerod. Hands down, the poorest trails , sometimes no trail, came from lead round balls.

3/8 rerod is about 38 caliber....illegal for big game. I'm just funning you.


Then too there is a fair amount of missing blood trails stemming from the hard to accept fact that the animal was..... missed.


A lot of deer in Pa have succumbed to it....only taking a couple steps or less.


Within the bloodtrail/roundball issue, I don't understand people not finding blood with a 45 and up, thinking a 32 would improve the problem.
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been shooting deer since 1971 and tracked and helped track more than I could count. CF, arrows and ML. by far the worst blood trails have been from ML. shot deer the last 25 plus years with a .62 cal., all dead deer but very seldom a blood trail. none have gone very far, but you have to follow up the shot, whether it is from a .32 or 72.
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