Originally Posted by AP218
I shot 5 deer with the TTSX all in the 100-120 lb range. The shots were between 50 and 300 yards. I found all the deer so they do kill fine. The problem I had with them was the blood trails. By looking at my exit holes none of them expanded much at all. I prefer to shoot for the lungs so they may work better for those that like to aim for the shoulder area. Pretty much every one of them I ended up on my hands and nees looking for specs of blood. I probably would not have found a few of them but I believe you dont give up looking until you just have too so there I was down on all fours. Most of them run at least 100 yards. I belive they would have died faster if I had shot them in the lungs with a bow. I would think they would work much better on large game, but I will no longer use the, for whitetails.
I think a 168 or the 175 LRX in a 308 case would be better as far as a wide wound channel is concerned.
I understand a Barnes does not have to be as heavy as lead bullets to penetrate, I get that.
But, if you use a heavier TTSX, the part that peels back is longer too & this would translate to a wider wound channel & greater terminal damage. besides, the wind drift difference is substantial & the trajectory can be plotted & the velocity does not drop too low at the max. distance that I would want to shoot a 308 at big game. I think the short TTSX makes sense only for lazor traj out to 400 or so in a round that has alot of vel., then the terminal effect would be fine.