With ANY bullet, shot placement is vital, even with a round ball.
Originally Posted by Elite Muzzleloader
....... I used the barnes one year because the gun I was using only liked them. I shot a doe at 200 yards with the barnes and it only punched a small hole going in and a small hole going out, no expansion . No blood trail and it was behind the front shoulder right where I wanted it to go........
Agree 100% with that. I've shot over 200 deer with Barnes, know many other hunters that shoot them and have hunted with them for years. That said, I believe you're the first person I've heard from stating that a Barnes failed them and possibly indicating the shot was perfect. I'm in no way questioning your shot or your ability to call your shot
but, I've shot many at 200yds and slightly beyond, all with pass through bullets , excellent exit wounds and blood trails you could follow being color blind. Two last year. I also shoot hundreds of rounds every year, with 4,000 one year. Barnes will expand reliably down to 1,000fps.
Its very rare that I ever recover a bullet after harvesting a deer. I do have a couple but, if I can get these photos loaded, these show one a buddy recovered. He took a doe with this, that offered only one shot, full frontal. The doe never knew it had ever existed and dropped on the spot, range approximately 180yds. Bullet stopped just prior to exit on the rear under the hide. He shoots a V1 Accura, 110grs BH209 and the bullet is a Barnes 250gr TMZ.