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Old 11-01-2011, 01:12 PM
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Where did my .270 win go wrong

So I shot a medium size whitetail buck with my .270 Win at about 40 yards. I was shooting the 140 grain hornady sst's going just over 3000 fps. My bullet entered one side of the deer, ricocheted of the rib on the other side, and exited about 6 inches back from the entrance wound. Is this a bullet failing to expand or just a freak incident?
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Old 11-01-2011, 02:10 PM
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Re: Where did my .270 win go wrong

Depends on a lot of things. Sounds like an individual bullet problem and not a rifle or caliber problem to me. You could have witnessed a jacket separation failure, a tumbling failure (although unlikely unless your rifle has a really slow twist rate for 150's out of a .270), or any number of things.

I doubt it's a failure to expand though. If it were, you'd have seen a caliber-size hole for an entrance wound, and a caliber size hole for an exit wound. That's usually the first signs of a non-expanding bullet.

I'm assuming you weren't able to retrieve the bullet, huh?
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Old 11-01-2011, 02:16 PM
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Re: Where did my .270 win go wrong

I was unable to retrieve the bullet. It exited with a hole about the same size as the entrance hole but farther back on the animal. I was shooting a ruger m77 mk II, and i believe it has a 1 in 10" twist rate
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Old 11-01-2011, 02:20 PM
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Re: Where did my .270 win go wrong

I'd be 99% sure it was indeed a bullet failure. It happens from time to time.....fortunately, those times are usually few and far between though.
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Old 11-01-2011, 02:35 PM
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Re: Where did my .270 win go wrong

I agree with (theflyonthewall) 100%. I have had the SST blow a hole the size of a Baseball on the other side @200 yards. I lost no meat but it stoped the Deer real fast.
and I know of some people who have had the same experience. But they still use the SST's and love the accuracy. I have also had exit holes that were the same size as the enterance holes,
but the Deer went a few steps and that all it could go.
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Old 11-01-2011, 04:02 PM
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Re: Where did my .270 win go wrong

It wasn't the cartridge or the caliber.

It was that durn'd SST.

If ya stick with the 140 BTSP for the distances you appear to be shooting you'll never go wrong.....

Not as sexy but tried and true......
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Old 11-01-2011, 07:47 PM
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Re: Where did my .270 win go wrong

I chose the sst's because i can group them well at 200 yards, and in the area I hunt, its possible to be taking shots from 20 yards out to 300 yards. Have to try the BTSP's and make my own judgement I guess.
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