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How to Kill a Cow

Postby angus9259 » Sat Aug 04, 2018 11:08 am

Maybe everyone knows this - but up till a couple years ago, I didn't. Sadly I've had to use it a couple times since. Does everyone know how to shoot a cow for a quick kill? The "draw an X" formula and not "shoot between the eyes"? Are there any other methods that have worked I don't know about?

The "wait and see" topic on health and nutrition got me thinking about that....
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Re: How to Kill a Cow

Postby ez14. » Sat Aug 04, 2018 11:13 am

Heard a guy say in the side of the head before, but the one time I seen it tried the cow didn't even seem to notice just kept chewing her cud (she was shoot with a 9 mm pistol)
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Postby sstterry » Sat Aug 04, 2018 1:38 pm

The shot should not be head-on, you should do it from an angle above. You are trying to have the bullet travel through the brain and into the spinal canal. I had to put a dog down last year that had been with us for 13 years. I researched it well because I did not want him to suffer (he didn't, it was instantaneous) but it took a long time to pull that trigger. :cry2:
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Postby sstterry » Sat Aug 04, 2018 1:49 pm


I can't imagine doing it with a shotgun unless you are using a slug!
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Postby greybeard » Sat Aug 04, 2018 2:08 pm

How to burn a cow (and evidently, with 3 pigs laid across it's belly and no, I don't know what 'sleepers' are)

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Postby Nesikep » Sat Aug 04, 2018 2:21 pm

I've seen cows get back up after a 7mm to the head, and I've dropped them dead as rocks with a .22 LR.. placement is everything.
On a .22, I always sight it for the exact distance I plan on shooting from first, and then it's pretty much "draw an X".. and better a smidge high than low.
I always bleed them out after regardless of if they're for meat or not, just to be safe.
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Re: How to Kill a Cow

Postby sstterry » Sat Aug 04, 2018 2:25 pm

greybeard wrote:How to burn a cow (and evidently, with 3 pigs laid across it's belly and no, I don't know what 'sleepers' are)

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Is that Slick's outdoor kitchen??? :lol2:
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Postby Workinonit Farm » Sat Aug 04, 2018 2:53 pm

greybeard wrote: and no, I don't know what 'sleepers' are)


Maybe "sleepers" are mattresses???
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Re: How to Kill a Cow

Postby greybeard » Sat Aug 04, 2018 3:16 pm

i think it may mean rr crosstie or any other heavy hardwood beam. the pic came from an Australian website.
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Re: How to Kill a Cow

Postby Farm Fence Solutions » Sat Aug 04, 2018 3:58 pm

Like has been said already, the angle of the dangle is just as important as hitting the X. The best advice I ever got on the subject was to use the biggest gun available, even though a .22 will usually do it. The ranch I spent most of my time on, there were two options....Clean or dirty. Clean is the X. Dirty is a pair of lungs. Believe it or not, sometimes clean isn't a choice.
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Postby snoopdog » Sat Aug 04, 2018 4:06 pm

I shot one with a 3030 between the eyes , don't know where it went but it didn't penetrate her head , kinda scary . The one behind her ear did the trick though . And yes, im sure it hit .
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Re: How to Kill a Cow

Postby Bright Raven » Sat Aug 04, 2018 5:02 pm

greybeard wrote:How to burn a cow (and evidently, with 3 pigs laid across it's belly and no, I don't know what 'sleepers' are)

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GB, the term "sleepers" was a term of common use by the generation my father grew up in. I heard the term used for any large "beam" or "timber" that was used as a foundation support. Any big timber placed down to provide support, the men in my father's generation called "sleepers".
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Re: How to Kill a Cow

Postby JMJ Farms » Sat Aug 04, 2018 5:07 pm

If “tyres” are “tires” the that would be a sure way to get rid of a cow. And the surrounding 1673 yards of dirt after the EPA found out!
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