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As spring squirrel season approached, I wondered how a high energy pellet would put down a squirrel with a heart/lung shot. Naturally, I decided to try it out. I chose the Eunjin dome (45fpe). It didn’t go quite according to plan, but here is the story.

The hunt
I spooked a female gray squirrel from the ground about 15 yards away. She ran a few feet up a tree and started barking. I was shooting through leaves, but had a clear shot. I held below her front shoulder and fired. Solid smack, but it took a few seconds for her to fall off. I ran up to find her crawling away. A follow up shot to her armpit finished her off in a few short seconds.

Wound analysis

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The first shot (bottom)entered the liver and exited through the spine. Follow up went through both lungs missing the heart completely.

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Internal damage was slight, merely punching holes through tissue. No apparent trauma; however tissue hit offered little resistance for this high energy penetrator.

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