i spent the whole day yesterday trying to run my wounded deer passed a gun to bring it down. the small deer was shot in the front shoulder quartering-to, with a 30-06 180gr roundnose bullet. the bullet didnt expand at all, and there was zero blood. it was dragging its one front foot, and i would assume it broke the shoulder. the load was plenty stout with 66gr acc magpro. im pretty disgusted. ive used 95gr B-tips in the 243 and 243ai for many years along with pistol bullets in the muzzleloader. never had a deer go more than a few steps. i have 110% confidence in the 243 as the best deer gun around, and i need some help with this "big gun"
id really like to hear what some of your opinions are for a light, fast bullet that will stay together at hot 30-06 velocity's. at the moment, i have a few 125 b-tips loaded up with 58gr varget. they provide the expansion i want. i have no trouble hitting them where i want, and i dont want to feel the need to shoot for a bone just so my junk bullet will expand and hope to break enuf limbs so the thing cant run to the next county...
is the 125 b-tip heavy enuf for deer? its 30% heavier than the bullets we typically use on deer, and its going about the same speed, or maybe a bit faster. for a lung shot on a 100-125 lb deer, would there be a better bullet? would one of the barnes bullets work as well or better? i dont have shooting oppurtunities farther than 250 yards around here. i just want instant kills like with the 243
thanks in advance