Originally Posted by LRHWAL
The Jackets are J-4 - they are much thinner than for example Sierra's MK. It's also probably the reason why some Bergers have been reported to self-destruct in flight if rotational forces are too high. Yes, Berger's description on the website is that it sheds (as I recall) up to 80% of it's weight. It's like a "big game varmint bullet" (the best way I can describe it).
I agree less lead is probably better. I've heard that x-ray's of animals shot with anything other than monlithics can be revealing and concerning, but I can't really comment in it. I also wonder how much lead is absorbed from the ingenstion of solid bits (certainly I doubt you'd digest and absorb the whole thing), vs for example inhalation from shooting exposed lead in indoor ranges etc. - which I understand is a real problem for high volume shooters.
I eat almost only venison at home - all shot with Berger VLD's. Maybe I could be a lab rat here :-).
Just shoot them in the head (twixt the eyes) and forget about penetration. That is where w shoot pigs. That is where the hog processor shoots them with the pneumatic retractible spike.
Oh, and Boz, congrats on your great season last year.
Question of the day........... Is more terminal energy deposited by minimal penetration and no exit or a complete pass through. Lost River bullets will pass through and the animals that caught mine kept a goin...... I have never seen one that swallowed a hand grenade have the guts (pun intended) to make much of an exit........
Think of it like this..... It is easier to clear a room of multiple targets with a grenade than with one shot from a 50 cal with solid projectile. I guess the only trick is to get the grenade into the room.........