Ok question on this combo. We killed 3 antelope in WY this year with this combo at 3235fps. My question is one was killed at 300 another at 360 no pass through dead right there. Should I have botten pass through? 3rd was at 75 yards and penciled through had to put another in it. All but the 360 yard shot was double lung. 360 was high shoulder.
Should you have gotten pass through? No. Sounds like the bergers performed exactly as designed. The 75 yard one probably penciled through because it was so close and the double lung shot allowed it to pass through very fast without a whole lot of resistance. Bullet just didn't have the time to work in my opinion. If a shoulder shot would have been taken I bet the bullet would have acted better and performed as designed. My experience with bergers shows that the farther away the better they work especially with a double lung behind the shoulder shot. On closer shots I always aim for bone and have not had any problems with the bullet penetrating into the vitals before fragmentation.
I think that stomp hit the nail on the head. Too much velocity -too close. I would have been very surprised to have the bullet exit at 360 yards from a .243. Great combo though, I shoot the 95 bergers as well... but only on yotes.
Thanks guys, I see pics where they make a big exit hole but those are from bigger guns also. The two at 300+ dropped in there tracks, I didn't examine the internals, as I quick quartered them in the field.
Penciling through at a shorter distance is IMPOSSIBLE!!! Please tell me how a bullet going faster expands less than a bullet that has slowed down. The bullets at 300+ yards did exactly what they were supposed to do because thats when the bullets had slowed down enough to reach normal 243 speeds. I have no idea how the bullet penciled through at the shorter distance unless it was going too fast and exploded within the first few inches and a piece of shrapnel exited causing it to look like a pencil hole, or just a bullet with a jacket that was too thick (possibly a 95gr target bullet got in there by mistake)