Originally Posted by trebark
While we're sharing BT stories, last year my nephew shot a small doe from 335 yards with a 130grain BT out of his 270. I was spotting and watched the deer drop dead. The shot was taken with about 1 minute of light left. I patted my nephew on the back, shook his hand and told him I was proud of him. In that amount of time it was pitch dark. We walked out into the field...NO DEER! we searched for several hours and did not find any blood - nothing! Got up the next morning and continued the search - nothing! Our only explanation was bullet failure. Bullet had to have exploded on impact and just knocked the deer down. Then after a few moments, got up and walked away.
EXACTLY! I just wont use them on anything other than coyote or smaller game. I have seen a big bull elk taken with a 180 gr Ballistic tip and it didnt walk more than 20 yards before it fell over dead BUT the bullet never hit any bone. I believe that that bullet MOST times cant handle hitting a solid piece of bone. I just can't put my faith in a bullet that will not make it through a bone and do what I need it to do.
I shot a coyote with a 100 gr Ballistic tip hunting bullet out of a 6.5 Grendel AR and it dropped dead but the bullet didnt exit. I shot it in the front of the chest but a coyote is not even that big and I thought it would have exited somewhere. I have seen accubonds hit the front of the chest in deer and elk and the bullet didnt exit but they were found in the ham or the back area of the animal. That bullet penetrated like 3 feet of a big animal!
I know that the Accubond and the BT are made different but I just cant bring myself to use the BT with the experiences that I have had with them (on big game that is).