The thread i did on the long range ability of my 240wby raised some hackles. This one will probably raise more.
It in refernce to all the barnes tsx cheerleaders and ill throw in bonded bullets and most premium bullets. Most here when arguing for the use of them talk about excessive meat damage with cup and core bullets. Now before i get jumped im going to freely admit that power level of the gun im using is on the top ends side of whats needed but with barnes bullets i think the same results would have happened with an o6. Secondly i know that IF I WAITED paitiently for the perfect broadside shot and shot them through the chest the results would be differnt. But then isnt that why many use these bullets so that a raking shot isnt an issue due to deaper penetration. If not they why would you bother with them.
Here we go. I shot 4 deer in the last two nights with the 300 ultra using a 165 barnes tsx. Ranges from 225 to 390 on my range finder. All were about 100 lb does give or take 10lbs. Two were shot at a raking angle and the bullet made complete mush of one sholder and blew out the back right in the hind quarter and destroyed it too. The one at 390 was kind of my fault i judged the wind a bit wrong and hit it high and right on the front shoulder that one destroyed both shoulders and about half the back straps. Now that outcome would have probably been the same with a cup and core bullet. But the two raking shots would have probably had me eating those hind quarters if i had used cup and core bullets as the bullet probably wouldnt have penetrated that deaply.
I guess it just comes down to how much penetration do you really need on deer sized game. I shoot alot of deer every year and do it with about every bullet out there eventually but still keep going back to good old cup and core bullets. I probably would continue to use them even if bullets like the barnes were just as cheap. They just kill as well or better and with more shots then not do less meat damage then a deap penetrating bullet.
By the way just to stir the pot a bit with the guys on the 240 forum. Each and every one of those 4 deer dropped on the spot even the one that was shot through the chest broadside.
Dont get me wrong im not totally against tsx bullets. I use them in this gun and my 300 win mag and my 300H&H mostly though because all three of those guns shoot them better then anything else and if i ever need to step up to bigger game im ready. Ive also found that they do actually kill deer well in the 30 and even in the 7s which is totaly oposite of my results in the 6mms and 25s.
So let the fun begin. You can start telling me i cant shoot, dont know how to load, or am a slob hunter