Originally Posted by jwp475
Since the Deer was not recovered, how can one make the assumption that the "bullet did not expand" Non expanding bullets will and do kill game very efficiently all the time.
but non-expanding bullets also wound much more so than expanding bullets... 5.56 fmj of the military for example
This Deer heart was destroyed by a well placed flat point non expanding bullet from a hangun at about 1380 FPS muzzle velocity
To often a bullet that did not hit the vitails is the culprit, not bad bullet performance
the assumption was made that the bullet did not expand because the bullet was retrieved shortly after the shot from the stump it went into. it was in there nearly sideways, and not expanded from the front. there was a very small piece of bone where it was hit, which looked very much like a piece from the front/thick area of the scapula. it was walking at 30yards from right to left quartering towards me at about 20 degrees.(mostly right to left, but somewhat towards me) it was about 6 feet lower in elevation than me because i was shooting slightly downhill, and im quite a bit taller than a german shepard sized deer
it put "peel-out" marks on the ground at the shot, so i had my brother stand at the front foot marks as i lined up the shot between my rest and the hole in the tree. it hit him just above the crotch of his pants....perfect height, windage etc. the deer was dragging its left front leg, leading me to believe the bullet hit at least close enuf to the shoulder to disconnect ligaments. the hair on the spot was all brown, so the bullet entered and exited high enuf to miss belly hair, and back enuf to miss brisket hair. the bullet hit exactly where i was aiming. with the timney trigger at 1 lb, shot at 30 yards with no brush in the opening, and knowing i did not flinch since the shot suprised me, the shot was placed where i wanted it to be.
im not implying that this happens all the time with these awful bullets. obviously there was some bad luck involved that allowed the bullet to pass thru without hitting a single artery, or organ.
the deer around here usually dont roam far, and when we get a fresh snow, i will always be on the lookout for a 3-legger track. ive told many of the guys who might be hunting in the area to watch for it, and if they can get it, id be glad to tag it... i hope someone does. id really like to see where that bullet went thru, and i dont want to see it suffer any longer.