Re: Berger bullets blowing up?
I've cut three elk this year with that shot placement and your simple to high, the top shot no mater the bullet would not have dropped him except by luck of maybe tweeking the spine but odds are slim. The lower is still to high but you hitting dense meat and the bullet would start opening right be for impacting the spine and being a little high the bullet will tend to blow to the area of least resistance which is up. If you directly impact the center of the spine or lower they will remove a section of spine. Did you cut the animal or did someone else cut it, generally after you peal the hide and inspect you get the full story.
If shot placement was 6in -10in lower it would have trashed him, I see many of those kind of hits on elk and rarely to they do anything more than blow the top of the spine of and the elk keep trucking, sometimes it will shut down their back end and you can get another on in, bullet does not matter, I've seen accubonds and TSX do the same thing at that point. At the point you hit I can put my 8in breaking knife all the way to the hilt and it will just make the spine on a bull, you need to hold lower on bulls to impact the spine directly!!!
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