Originally Posted by stenger
I am just getting the reports back from Alaska now. They got the moose took three shots. 338 lapua mag at 2900 fps. I was advised that the bullets split in half and lost penetration. No war is intended just giving a report from the field. This guy wants to shoot a water buffalo with this rifle and is unhappy with the bullets results. I have no experience with game of this size. Looking for a bullet that can keep some long range ability but perform on big animals.
So just to be clear, I am picking this apart. I think you got yourself into a situation by not gathering all the facts before posting the info. From what you have reported thus far, the Bergers worked as the animal was harvested. The bullet may not have produced the bang flop results popularized on TV adds or in hunting shows, but they still worked. Remember we are talking about a huge animal and a high adrenaline hunting situation, that no doubt if your friend is not a resident of Alaska cost some very big money! With what we know at this point, there is no reason to assume that the first round did not kill the animal and the subconscious fear of lost money or trophy did not come into play, with regard to him firing the subsequent 2 rounds.
What we don't know and still remains unclear is what bullet was it? The OTM, Hybrid or the tactical....... I will admit I am a Berger bullet fan and have never experienced any of these situations myself. I know the bullets differences and there uses, I do use other bullets myself and would have chosen to load a Barnes for the ranges and animals your friend just experienced.