Picture time! This was a great end to a very nice day, got him put away in the freezer and I documented all the weights and took a lot of processing pics! The bullet impact was within an inch of where my point of aim was, I normally don't neck shoot but I kinda wanted to drop him so he didn't drop of into a bad place and he was standing about 40 feet from two track so he was standing right where it was perfect to load him. Also wanted to get the 140 gr Cutting Edge bullet on a hard spot to see how it did with a hard hit in the bone. I'll try to smoke a cow behind the shoulder to see how it performs in a much softer hit with more hydraulic action.
First a real poor hero shot but I was getting dark fast so we were kind of in a hurry to get the insides out.
Second picture is a 6.5 SS round in his right hoof print and where his front feet were when we got to him, he travel vertical!!
Bullet exit angle indicated by chain saw file in the bullet hole coming up from the center of the spine which exited the top of his neck. Picture from the of side.
Dad spent quite a while taking this neck apart to find the bullet path, it only broke a couple small bones of when it hit his neck square on from the side, then it turn up through the center of the spine through the spinal cord and out the top with about a quarter size hole in the meat on exit the hole through the bone was about 3/8th of an inch and the hide had two 6.5 holes, with very little blood shot.
His neck was not broken, I can't say that the bullet opened or not, I found no bullet frag and I looked very hard and none through the spine, my opinion is it did not open and turned into a banana but it's a dead elk and no bullet recovered to give us the facts so you can make your guess as to what the bullet did!
You can see the bullet path indicated by yet more chain saw files.