A query about shot placement...
I learned to shoot for the standard heart/lung shot - roughly half way up the chest in line with the back of the leg. Shot that way for years, with perfectly adequate success (most dropping within 10m-20m, the odd runner quite a bit further).
Then recently I slightly misjudged the distance, and put a shot high. It went through the underside of the spine, and the roe buck did the classic sack-of-spuds on the spot. I was worried about loosing too much meat, but on butchering didn't really loose any more than usual.
So then started deliberately going for that shot (aiming about 4 inches down from the top of the back on a roe deer). It's been a revelation.
So my question: is this a recognised shot? And why is it not more commonly advocated? It seems to remove a level of uncertainty that I always hated in thick woodland. With the advantage that, unlike a true neck or head shot, a miss down will still kill quickly, and a miss up will completely miss.