Did some short range (100 yard) terminal ballistics testing this evening with the 215 Berger Hybrids. My goal was to try and simulate what the bullet would encounter striking the shoulder bone of an elk. Everybody knows Bergers aren't any good at close range right?
For the test I used a large piece of good solid fir wood (4 inches thick) with three milk jugs full of water placed behind it back to back to back. Distance 100 Yards. Bullet is leaving my 300 RUM at 3,140fps. As you'll see in the photos the bullet cleanly penetrated through the wood leaving an exit hole slightly larger than a quarter. The first milk jug was obliterated and in two pieces, second jug was also destroyed and a piece of jacket made it cleanly through the third jug. If we don't count the third jug total penetration was 16". Questionable penetration at close range after hitting bone? Don't think so! I always tuck in behind the shoulder but I wanted to know what to expect if a shoulder shot at close range was all that was available.
Below is the exit hole in wood block just to the right of the quarter