What creates the hardest blood trail if it even creates one.. to follow most often? Muzzleloader, arrow, or bullet?
Overall, on the whole, which produces the hardest trail.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
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.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.
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.
nobody ever said shooting a .32 cal would "solve the problem". a .32 is more than capable of killing a whitetail. bullet size does not make up for shot placement and poor shooting ability!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.
roundball and ballistic tips w my .280.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.
I would generally agree with this (in theory) but I have no first-hand knowledge.this is the toughest with a round ball I believe.
I think shot placement.
Heart shots give less than lung shots.( 1-2 holes)
Deer shot in the lungs are often coughing up blood trying to clear the lungs.(2-3 holes in,out,throat)
The older I get I squat down at the spot where the deer stood and rely on seeing skuffed up leaves.You see direction of travel better.
Other states use 32 cal muzzys and guys are killing deer!Fore fathers used allot of 38-40 cals. on deer and bear.
why would YOU use 20 grains? that's a nice squirrel load!32 caliber .....32 inch barrel. .310 roundball. 20 grains FFF goex.
Muzzle velocity... 1221 feet per second. 148 foot pounds of energy.
25 yards.....96 foot pounds of energy.
50 yards....72 foot pounds of energy.
more opinion on your part! facts please? ever spend much time shooting and killing game with a .32, .36, or .40 cal.? my guess would be no.The subject of the thread pertains to difficult blood trails. Ill bet a 32 caliber round ball would realize a lesser blood trail than the legal for deer ML calibers...... Unless it bounces back and hits the shooter in the shin.....