Originally Posted by SBruce
. I've seen many mind boggling acts made by perfectly hit animals. I've also seen many animals drop dead in their tracks due to hits that probably should've only wounded them.
Any and all bullets can fail, none are perfect. Some fail more often than others, but my experiences with Barnes hasn't shown that to be the case.
I think the most important thing for the barnes bullets are to ensure they are going fast enough to do as designed. They aren't designed to come totally apart or fragment and only retain a small portion of their original weight. They are a "high retention" bullet.
Exactly, I have been hunting four legged critters for over 30 years. I have had many bullets "seem" too not do their job when they worked beautifully for years with the same shot placement, no expansion, penciled through.
Unfortunately I reside in kalifornia, hunt mostly out of state now, and years ago those in charge decided certain areas needed to be lead free. I wanted one load to shoot at all deer and elk sized game be it here or elsewhere.
At that time I switched over to Barnes tsx. Since then I have been shooting tsx and ttsx reloads in 7mm & 300wm. The 10 plus dear and couple of elk have been dropped where they stand, no shoulder shots r. Some were quartering, some broad side and a couple dead on. To date no mea loset either.
Not saying these bullets are the end all be all, but they have worked well for me and I have yet to recover one.
I still believe shot placement goes a long way in putting down any animal fast and without meat lose.