Re: .300wsm, Nosler Accubond Performance Question
There are a million factors at play here. Don't over think it or worry about it. In both cases, they obviously performed well and did their jobs. Bullets that mushroom and get caught in hide just means that enough energy was expended on the animal that it didn't have enough left to exit the hide. Maybe the skin was more taught in the area it exited the doe versus your buck.
Long range shooting is a process that ends with a result. Once you start to focus on the result (how bad your last shot was, how big the group is going to be, what your buck will score, what your match score is, what place you are in...) then you loose the capacity to focus on the process.