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Telling on myself... 2 lost deer.

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Unread 11-27-2011, 03:47 PM
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Re: Telling on myself... 2 lost deer.

The OP had the same thing happen that happened to me once. 120 Xs from a 7 mag at 3400fps close range, 30 yards.

Big 9 pt dropped at the shot and onto his back. I never loaded anothe round as I thought he was dead. He rolled up and took off. He was shot in right leg just above heart level quartering to me so the bullet could get both lungs and exit. Bullet never exited.Tracked until blood disappeared. Neighbors knew he was around and shot him 4 days later taking another 5 shots from a 270 using NBTs. All shots from 270 were pass throughs of the chest cavity.

I had bullet failure for sure. But the 270s? Who knows. Sometimes things happen.
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    Unread 11-27-2011, 03:49 PM
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    Re: Telling on myself... 2 lost deer.

    Originally Posted by Bravo 4 View Post

    To the OP,
    Man that sucks! You might get told it's hard to blame the bullet if you can't see the end results. I hate to be the bearer of bad news but I'm sure those two deer are dead so the bullet probably did it's job, just not as proficiently as you would like(as in my case). A change in bullet might be in order, if nothing else to restore your confidence.
    I hope not. They were both moving like they hadn't been shot hours later (3 or 4 hours for the first and 13-15 hours afterwards for the second). I haven't seen any buzzards around the areas either.

    I tested the 150 BT on a hog last night with similar results. The only difference is I tried to intentionally gut shoot him. The light was fading fast though so it's hard to say what happened. He was at a little under 100 yards and took up about 80% of the FOV on 22x so I centered and squeezed (crosshairs to hard to see and the illumination was to bright). If I can recover him it'll be interesting to see what the bullet did.
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    Unread 11-29-2011, 01:36 PM
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    Re: Telling on myself... 2 lost deer.

    Sad to know you lost those bucks, anyway, I have had excellent results with my 270 Win loads with 140 grain Accubonds. Most of the deers have been DRT. IMR 4831 56.5 grains. Keep us posted!!!
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    Unread 11-30-2011, 04:35 PM
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    Re: Telling on myself... 2 lost deer.

    I found the pig I shot earlier. The 150 grain BT splashed but it was only about 50 pounds so it only got about 70 yards before expiring. There was a ton of flesh damage since it didn't hit bone but it still splashed and exposed most of his guts and hind quarter down to the bone. There was no exit wound.

    If my phone hadn't died I would post a picture of the damage but, needless to say, the damage was severe on the little piggy. I would not shoot another deer with this lot of bullets after seeing this.
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    Unread 11-30-2011, 08:39 PM
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    Re: Telling on myself... 2 lost deer.

    Sorry to hear about the bad luck with BTs, but I've shot 180 gr BTs for 15+ years out of my 30-338. The only deer I ever lost was my fault it was a rushed shot at about 35-40 yds hit low front leg and blew up never had penetration to go into chest cavity. Ive shot over 20 deer with BTs and that is the only problem Ive ever had. Im even about to start loading the 22cal 60grainers in my AR-15 for deer.
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    Unread 12-01-2011, 12:31 AM
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    Re: Telling on myself... 2 lost deer.

    I read your comments briefly, really very interesting about deer hunting. I like it.
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    Unread 12-05-2011, 05:47 PM
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    Re: Telling on myself... 2 lost deer.

    Switched to accubonds because BT dont leave exit holes. Lost a nice buck due to no blood trail. Accubonds leave great blood trails. Switch and never look back.
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