This is an introduction to the project.
First I suggest that you go to: Bullet Terminal Performance Test - Want In?
then scroll to the bottm to where it says "Similar Posts" then read 'em all from the bottom up. The read will give you a pretty good foundation for deciding what's what. Mostly "not all wounds are the same".
This test was initiated by the availability of a target subject. A few $s was worth all the messing around gathering, soaking newspapers etc. Plus this subject had real flesh and bones, and big ones. Plus the plattes or plates on the shoulders were something to be considered. Ian, I believe it was, mentioned them but I had no previous experience with them.
These plates were well over an inch thick at the thickest point and were a real tough test for my field dressing knife.
The hanging width of the subject was 18" with maybe 3" of that being plate, which is nothing more than thick skin, really thick skin. Kind of like my wife's.;) Hey, ya gotta be a little thick skinned to put up with the stuff that goes on around here.
The scientifically designed penetration device was an old plastic small diameter kids arrow from many years ago's activities. It can be seen in some of the pics.
Orange stickers were used for target spot indicators then later replaced by flowers from something called a "woad" which seems to be plaguing the area this year.
The long stems were quite handy as can be seen in the video.
The subject test target was exactly 100 yds from the shooting bench. (Blink luck on this one.)
Things went really slowly. The routine was:
When the shooter was ready, not hot yet.
The spotter reported to the cameraman that the range was hot who then rolled the camera and moved to his safe zone.
When the cameraman radioed "send it", the spotter relayed the "send it" to the shooter who then went hot and sent it. We were feeling pretty professional.
"Cross" from this board arrived and was found to be pretty decent fellow. Kinda young but has plenty of hunting of experience. He's originally a Noth Idaho fella and stuck down here to feed the family.
Kudo's to him also for ensuring the Chrony was energized for the shot. I' seem to have problems with that.
Also it can be seen that there were shots that completely missed the pig.:eek:
In both cases those shots were the ones that took out the chrono shade holder rods. First the left ones, secondly the right ones.
Someone forgot to consider that the permanent chono setting post was for a 2' wide target area at 200 yards which was just great for the porker's front shoulder at 100 yds. But moving forward on the shoulder and then to the rear hams some on for got to think a bit. "Cross" was humured at my reaction to it. However, I doubt that he'll ever lone me his chrony
Lastly the the loads used were:
338 Win Mag shooting 225 gr Speer Spitzers @ very slightly under 3000 FPS.
338 RUM Shooting 225 Accubonds at around 2368 reduced velocity.
338 RUM Shooting 300 SMKs
25-06 Shooting 115 Berger VLDs at 3066
Here's a pic of the set up: