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Join Date: Apr 2003
Location: Schuylkill County, PA
Re: Help...Hit or Miss
I agree with the others, I'd bet on a gut shot. Lack of blood is something I've dealt with for 30 years shooting a flintlock. I have tried round balls, Powerbelt, Maxiballs, etc. and get the same result - no blood. I've shot them through the lungs, through the heart, and have had them go 100 yards and not have a drop of blood (and that was tracking in the snow), only to find them piled up on the ground. Gut shot causes them to move slow (imagine you getting punched in the stomach). From your description, that sounds like what happened. Sometimes there's that slight delay, so stay down on the cheekpad and follow through. Good luck and congrats on seeing deer - wish I could say the same!
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