Re: Telling on myself... 2 lost deer.
never heard the story about the old b-tips in 100 count boxes. hmm
hit the scapula knuckle/leg joint, and the bullet splashed?
would be a bit harder too do on a quartering away shot.
could cause a deer to momentarialy drop then get up and cover ground. If this was the case you would be lucky if bone frags punched thru the lungs and caused death. If that didn't happen it usually would need another bullet.
If the angle was steep it could have slipped between the shoulder and the ribs, and never entered the chest cavity. this would cause light bleeding that would quickly dry up. needs another bullet.
sounds like both bullets hit bone to shock the deer enough to shudder or fall.
I just shot 3 does in the last week with a 7wsm and 150 b-tips punched every one thru the lungs broadside from 195-258 yards, all ran about 50 yards no shoulder hits just ribs. The reaction was a plain old labored run off, no studder no high kick, just a tucked tail labored run.
I shot a doe last year at a steep 1/4 away, about 8" behind shoulder, and the bullet opened up the side of the chest like a zipper 5-6" gash with half a dozen broken ribs, the bullet never actually entered the lungs but the bone frags tore it up enough it went 50 yards.
Hellen Keller could have followed that blood trail.
you must have had some blood in both cases, was it comming out 2 sides or just one?
start putting the bullet in center mass rib cage.