Originally Posted by Rem700addict
I was thinking of finding a rather large exit hole since the buck was only a mear 80-100yrds away. I know this bullet hit bone, but no exit? Does this sound normal?
No, not really. From a 300mag at that distance and that type of bullet I'd think it would pass through more than not. That said, a buddy of mine shot a 220 factory rem corelokt bullet from his 30.06 at a 200 pound black bear at 8 yards and it didn't pass through either. When found you couldn't find a more picture perfect mushroomed bullet though. Bear died on the spot of course.
Lot of people want pass throughs, others don't care. If the animal falls where shot and doesn't move again, I don't care. That Hornady bullet you are using is a proven bullet. What is so curious to me is that all of my ballistic tips, from Nosler, have always passed through every animal for the past 23 years.
I've killed 3 deer this year with my new 280, all under 200 yards, and all passed through. Bullet is 150 grain Nosler ballistic tip going 2760fps. Some hunters argue that energy kills. Others will say energy doesn't but holes do. At the distances you are shooting there, the bullet you are using or most any bullet will serve you well. For grins, I highly recommend you try the Swift Scirocco in 180. I bet you won't recover one. It's my favorite bear bullet. I load it for my 30.06.
If you wan't pass through bullets, load some partitions or Barnes or most any bonded bullet. Most of the bondeds should pass through. Final experience: I shot a big black bear in Alberta with a 338 win mag and factory winchester 225 accubonds. The bear was killed at 12 yards and the bullet was recovered. That's bonded bullet experience from Nosler/Winchester. I have killed 5 black bears around the same distance, from 65 yards and under with my 30.06 and 180 Sciroccos and never recovered any. They all went through. And in many cases I shot through bone. Sciroccos are not cheap but they are great bullets.