|When using a firearm the projectile must reach the brain to
ensure euthanasia. Hence, operators must be able to use anatomic
landmarks to localize the brain and aim the discharge. The point of
entry of the projectile should be at the intersection of 2 imaginary
lines, each drawn from the outside corner of the eye to the center of
the base of the opposite horn. Never shoot between the eyes. Source|
One of the more dangerous chores on the farm is when we have to euthanize an animal.
Large livestock can be incredibly powerful, even when sick. Having 1600 pounds of animal fall on you or lunge and throw you through a wall will change your life.
|The direction of the shot should be perpendicular to the plane of the skull so the slug does not deflect|
If you are doing-the-deed in a building with concrete floors/walls, consider using soft-points to minimize pass-throughs. Soft-points also give you a little bit of margin with regard to damaging brain tissue if your aim is slightly off.
Have an attendant at-the-ready to step in if things go south.
|Images show where to make saw-cuts to expose the brain for post-mortems. This is the best picture I could find to show where a horse brain resides.|