Originally Posted by Bravo 4
"...large gaping travesty..."
I like that, I'm gonna steal that if you don't mind.
I agree that the 7.62x39 is a great short range deer killer with soft point ammo. I've killed many with mine and have always been impressed. I used to use the 30-30 as a comparison as well, but the new Hornady stuff kills that idea.
You are more than welcome to use it.
I'd agree:bout the only 30-30 I might see as able to sit at the table with the x39 is the Leverevolution. I have used it as well, and it made a "devastating travesty" of an old ten pointer at twenty yards. Speaks well for that rounds expansion characteristic at close range. Full penetration, and massive exit wound to boot.
I'd dare say, it wasn't for the squeamish: there was blood and tissue, hair and bone sprayed into the lower tree branches several yards behind the buck, and spray from where he stood to where he dropped. The only comparison I can make is the more ominous scenes from "The Predator".
"Do it! I'm right HERE!"