Ok, More terminal data for the 215 Bergers. Today I was hunting with a friend and he was using my 300 win with 215 Berger Hybrids to fill his bull tag. We crawled in thick fog to get to the herd. He was ready to fill his tag as he only has a few more days to hunt. He picked this bull and I ranged it and dialed the scope. It was at 200 yards and pretty much broadside. I told him to shoot for the crease behind the shoulder 1/2 way up the bull. He did an EXCELLENT job with the placement. Here are the results on bull #2 with the 215 Berger Hybrid.
Impac velocity= 2817 fps
Energy = 3790 ft Lbs ( Holy Crap!!)
Penetration = 15"+ ( not sure how far they bullet went into the far shoulder
but we hope to find this out tomorrow.)
Upon inpact I watched the hide ripple about a foot around the impact point. The bull turned 180* and stood there all hunched up with his back arched. I told my friend to chamber another round and get back on him. Within a couple seconds the bull was wobbling at the rear and it was becoming hard for him to stad up. Then his rear dropped and he rolled a few times and slid about 50 yards down the steep grassy hill. He was done and never kicked once after he fell.
Here are the photos:
What we found walking up showing where he slid down the hill. Notice there are no kick marks. He was dead when he hit the ground.
Shot placement. Perfect centered for height and right in the crease behind the shoulder.
Close up of Entrance hole at 200 yards. .308" size again.
Etrance hole between ribs from the inside of the chest cavity.
Exit hole from inside chest cavity between ribs. Note a few fragment holes also but a large remaining piece of the bullet exited the broiler room.
Chest cavity pic showing both the entrance and exit.
Destroyed vitals. Lungs had a huge wound channel and and top of heart had a huge hole as well. Note, the hole in the heart actually has chunks of lung drug into it.
My buddy with his bull. He did an excellent job on the trigger. He worked fast in poor conditions and placement was spot on for a quick one shot kill.
Some thoughts I have this evening. I am not trying to sell this bullet to anyone, or any Berger for that matter. Draw your own conclusions for what you choose to use. But darn, they sure kill fast and quickly for me, and at many different distances. As you can see for yourself my posts are real and as informative as I can be. Something to think about, if you are having problems with any bullet. Are you doing all you can to place them where they need to go? Just a thought?
Comparing the results from this bull and the one I took with the 215 Berger:
Mine got a rib dead center going in and expanded more, thus penetration was less. I feel any bullet would do this same thing as well. This one missed ribs going in and exiting. But pentration was awesome in my book. It was a huge surprise for me when I seen it made it out of the chest cavity. This was a relatively close shot with pretty high velocity. So I was very pleased with the exit and the quick kill. Meat damage was very minimal. I feel the loss will be low.
I believe the bullet is still in the far shoulder. We are taking this bull to the processor in the morning. If I can get them to do it for me we will look for the bullet. But this will greatly depend on their work load at the time. If I get it I will post pics.
My testing is not conclusive yet. But my confidence in the 215 Berger is growing with each DRT shot. There will be more this season so stand by.