Originally Posted by WildRose
We're not talking about a soft cast bullet traveling sub 2500fps. We're not even talking about bullets fired from an 06.
We're talking about a 180gr that's running somewhere around 3000fps on impact that does not fragment and does not expand.
I've dressed Elk, I dressed monster hogs, and with that kind of velocity and energy I cannot fathom a bullet that does neither not passing completely through said animal.
Elk are tough animals, they are not however armor plated.
Yeah, the vast majority under 100 are pass through's but it still happens once in a while. I've seen recovered Winchester factory, Speer and Sierra's shot from .300 & .338 win mags shooting from 180 gr. to 225 gr. All were designed to mushroom except the "hard cast" 330 grainer (which I never found but didn't exit). I would agree that a non expanding bullet being found is rare to non existent. I've never recovered a Barnes but there are probably a few who have. They expand but differently.
Regarding elk hide, I use a Cold Steel Hunter as a skinner. Nothing special in fact kinda beat up. Anyway, I placed the point on the upper chest hide to see if I could pierce it. I put my torso on the hilt and lunged into it but couldn't pierce it with the point. It slices well enough though but that tough hide will snag a bullet once in a while. Also, don't get in a knife fight with an elk.