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Unread 11-28-2012, 01:20 AM
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Re: Deer down but no blood?

Originally Posted by Rem700addict View Post
Our opening day of rifle season was last Sat. and I found myself in a treestand with my buddy before day break watching a corn field in my home state of NC. I had heard of guys seeing bucks chasing does the thurs. before and had high hopes that the rut was in full swing and to my surprise it was just as planned. At 8 a.m. a doe came out of the corn field and crossed into the woods and I was thinking this was the only thing we would see that day, but I gave my doe can call a try and 5 min. later my buddy saw something coming out of the woods. I pulled my rifle up to see a nice 8 pt coming out of the woods and I waited till he came out in an opening and put the cross hairs just right above his front shoulder blade and squeezed off a round. After peering over my scope after the muzzle flip of my rifle I saw he was dead in his tracks. After the excitement and high fives and man hugs, lol, we climbed out of the stand and headed over to my trophy. For me it was my biggest buck to date with 17.5" spread on the inside and 7" G2 tines, I was more then happy. When we got over to the buck it looked like the buck had just dropped straight down after the shot, no kicking, twitching, etc. dead as a door nail. I started examining the buck and could find no blood at all, of course the humor of my buddy said I scared it to death, hahaha, whatever, I finally found a perfect entrance hole exactly where I aimed right above his front shoulder, but no exit hole at all. We moved the buck to a location to gut it and I started feeling the hide on the opposite shoulder and felt a lump, when I cut it open it was part of the copper jacket of the bullet. I have just started hunting with my .300wm that i've been reloading for, the load I was using was 77.5 grns of H1000 with a Hornady 180grn BTSP Interlock bullet. This is actually the first deer i've shot with this gun, and hey i'm not complaining that we didn't have to track this deer if this happens everytime that's just fine with me, but 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? I will continue to hunt with this bullet and hopefully extend my range some more to test this bullet out, but just wanted to see what you guys thought. Also I would like to try some other bullets as this is my first experience with reloading so what would be a good hunting/target bullet to try out in my .300wm Rem 700sps? Thanks, and I do hope to get some pics up of the buck i've just been waiting on my buddy to upload them from his camera.
No blood because the heart stopped instantly. That happens with a shot like that where you completely sever the CNS and have massive shock from th energy on impact to boot. When the heart stops beating so does the blood flow.

As for the bullet breakup no that's not normal with that bullet, they are known to penetrate bone quite well and still exit, but at such a close range you were above the ideal velocity/energy on impact so it did shell out on you.

Of course with such a shot no need for blood because no need for blood tracking.
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Unread 11-28-2012, 10:24 PM
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Re: Deer down but no blood?

Maybe the deer simply had a heart attack after hearing the gunshot
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