Right chaps, I have a problem. I had a call from a customer of mine today (I'm a gardener), the Munties have been in again and eaten the roses. Nothing new here, but now it's getting bad and I need to sort it. They're coming in every morning to eat the fallen mulberries so it should be fairly simple...Or so you'd think!
Here's the problem. The garden is perfectly safe. About 75x200 yards, backing on to common land and steep. The soil is cultivated in places so there are no stones and the ground is soft. The bullet will stay put, I'm 100% sure of that. And the neighbouring houses are over 100 yards away. But! The neighbour on one side is a right hippy. There is no Deer trail going to his ground as they come from the common land at the back, but I can't afford to have a runner go onto his patch. The Deer are slightly tolerant of people. My shot will be inside 50 yards. I can place the shot inch perfect from the prone position if I lie on top of a big wall in the garden.
So. I have an open FAC and a 6.5x55 shooting Barnes TSX. Where do I need to land my bullet to ensure the Deer goes down and stays there? I would even consider a different bullet if need be? I have Speer 140 grn softpoints, 120grn Nosler ballistic tips or 90grn Speer TNT in the loading room? I can't use a shotgun. I don't like the method and it's too loud (and possibly not even legal for domestic protection?)!