Re: .338 225gr Accubond
The first animal double-lunged through the ribs doesn't surprise me.
I'm surprised the second animal stayed on his feet with the entry through one of the front shoulders though.
I doubled lunged a nice bull caribou in 1976 with a .338 Win Mag & 250gr Nosler Partition at about 125 yds. The bull remained on his feet walking around in a daze for about 5 minutes. Could see blood blowing out the ribcage during breaths for an incredibly long time. He painted the tundra red. He was dead on his feet and he finally collapsed. Never really ran off at all. Just wandering around in a stupor.
Mt. Goat are pretty stout animals. They have a reputation for being pretty resilient to bullet hits through the ribcage. I shot one at 200 yds with a 338-378 Wthby Mag and again, 250 grain Nosler Partitions through the ribcage - broadside once. Rocked him pretty good. Almost knocked him off his feet. He regained his composure and then peg-legged it toward a cliff, but before he could get more than 4-5 crippled jumps in, he collapsed. The other Mt. Goats I've shot were spined and that anchors them, as expected. Instantly.
The performance of Nosler Partitions and Accubonds is described as being pretty similar as far as retained weight, etc. The Accubonds actually retain a bit more weight after expansion, IMO and experience. Thus my input on my experience on these two game animals with the Partition.
I've shot a number of animals with the Accubonds. Very accurate in the rifles I've used them in, and very reliable on-game performance. They won't explode on impact and provide the dramatic kills that some bullets do when they come unglued and shrapnel after several inches of penetration. But the Accubonds expand reliably, and in a controlled fashion, with predictable consequences - a dead game animal.
Last edited by phorwath; 10-09-2010 at 12:32 AM.