Gotta love a Vizsla! My youngest is only 11 months old but is showing promise on the bird field, and I may very well also use him for tracking bigger game. As I'm sure you know, they were bred to hunt anything that walks or flies, and then come home and be your best buddy.I think I did put it on here a few years ago but a good friend shot at a roe buck and thought he had missed. Came back to the car looking very sorry for himself. I took my viszla out to the spot and my dog immediately went into track mode before I could put on the tracking leash so we trotted along behind him. He turned into some thick stuff and a few moments latter I heard him growling and puffing. When I got to him there was a very dead roe buck, perfect shot big exit hole 120yrds from the point of impact.
Pleased you had a good blood trail and that is why I always insist that a big exit hole is essential, but there again with the above example there was no blood trail we could see but my dog could smell.
No personal attack was intended.Oh I'm not as dumb as you might think. The answer is to use the proper heavy bullet just as you would use the proper light bullet in this way you don't have to chase any animals. In fact not chasing animals is exactly why I use heavy bullets, and I always shoot through what would be center line just behind the front leg if the animal is broadside.
In following this thread I didn't even think about weather it's a club rule or just a suggestion, Like if your house was on fire I'd suggest you get out. Hunted a friends property once that his rule was nothing but a 30-30 for deer on his place. The club rules will prevail on this.I see it as only being one issue. The guy who owns the land has specified the bullet weight he wants used on his land. Fair enough. If I want to go hunt on his land, I follow his rules.
Oh sure, let's all use 22 LR for deer... Not.To the OP Use what you are comfortable with, a 280 with 120 is a LOT of gun for a deer, White Tail or Muleys. as someone said " They aren't TRex, a .22 LR will take em down given proper placement....
A small disagreement with Sus, Always does always work with a heart shot - they Always die. Maybe not drt but they do die and it is easier with lots of blood. I shot a goose once with one # 4 buck thru the heart, he flew nearly 1/2 mile before he fell out of the sky. Fortunately he stayed over the property I was shooting on so I was able to collect him. Same with a Muley, I watched thru my scope as my friend put a 130 .270 W thru the heart of one at 120 yds, saw the hair explode where the hit was. Took us over an hour to find him and that all started in the middle of an alfalfa field albeit at dusk. Piled up about 100 yes away in a small ravine. Holes in both sides but he didn't know he was dead.
I am at an age now when I miss I accept where the problem is, it is the guy looking at me from the bathroom mirror in the morning.
Every shot is a learning experience.
There is a whole lot of "depends" attached to that statement. Coues deer? Cull hunts?Oh sure, let's all use 22 LR for deer... Not.
A 120gr out of a 280 just doesn't even make sense. Maybe out of a 7mm-08 for youth hunters?? Okay, but 140-160 is much better out of any .284