I would not call it bullet failure either. It seems to have done the job every time for you. On your other question, Barnes makes an awesome bullet. I have used the 100 gr TSX to take many deer (whitetail and mule deer). All animals that I have shot with that bullet have been dead right there.
Looks perfectly fine to me!! Who cares if it poops the core, then you have two good projectiles IMO. They also do a fabulous job on elk. I've come full circle on bullets like that, I used them when I first started and killed things fine then I drank the mono coolaid and then just got tired of mining copper, crappy accuracy and bullets deflecting out of animals and tried some bonded and just didn't see much of an improvement except I was getting more blood shot than I like. And finally came back to the tried and true cup and core bullet, nothing fancy just accuracy and vital thrashing performance!!!
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Yes, the bullet failed to operate according to design. The bullet still killed the animal, and I probably wouldn't quit using them b/c of that one incident. Decent cheap bullet. Wouldn't take them on a once in a lifetime tag elk hunt, either.
Hey thanks guys,ballot of good advice. Two things that are sticking out in my mind. I'm on a deer lease in south Texas where a deer of a lifetime could walk out any second. Not only whitetail but axis fallow and aoudad are on the menu. My father in law shot a axis that over 300 lbs. twice with his 7mag. Both real good kill shots with the trusty core lokts but the bastard didn't go down for a while. After the first 175 yd shot it bolted left no blood trail. We seen it standing in white rush. He got into the prone and fired another shot and it just stoves up. We could tell it was hit good so we waited for it to expire. Now let me back upand explain the situation with this 7mag and my father in law. He has had this rem 700 since the 80s and has killed hundreds of south Texas white tails. It makes the trip to Colorado for elk every year, and has been used on caribou at least three times in the brooks range. Along with bear and pronghorn. This gun and ammo combination has proven itself time and again. To see him about wanting to break the gun over his knee made me think about the core lokts that never exit with anything with size. But they always just dropped. And how we almost didn't see that axis just standing in the brush. If the bullet exited and caused a blood trail would have made it easier to track the animal if needed.
Fast forward to my fallow. I read on here someone said that would be the biggest game they would shoot with that bullet. That fallow was about 200lbs. Makes me wonder if I shot that axis if I ever would have gotten a second chance. Even worse those tuff ass aoudad.
With the info here and possibility of actually getting a shot on a denser animal I'm going to look into a different bullet.
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Re: 25-06 Bullet fail?
All in all, you have to ask yourself, " at what point during the deers death did the bullet fail"? If you are getting DRT, or at least a SHORT trail, then even if the bullet spits it's core, it has done it's job. This has been a question in a lot of hunters minds for years, and that debate will continue for many more, but all can be answered by my opening question. Now, if that happens BEFORE you enter the cavity, or vitals, THEN you have a bullet failure that warrants a change. ( been there, done that )
Bottom line is that if you are getting DRT in a large percentage, who carres if the bullet separates. Actually, that increases your destruction factor!!!! If you are worried about separation, go to a mono bullet. A Barnes TSX, TTSX, or my favorite the LRX, no more more separation. JMHO.......
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That looks EXACTLY like the Sierra 140 SPBT I recovered out of my Mulie this year using a 7mm/08. Shot was 175 yrds and the deer went 15yrds then tipped over. DRT
Upon skinning the animal, there was 1 hole in no out hole and no heart left
after recovering the bullet seperated like yours I thought it was kind wierd but didnt think much about it because I just harverted a 24" Mulie and a very short track job.
Is that what the bullet are suppose to do? I dont know but
The tags was filled and I will use that load again.