Originally Posted by swampshooter
Impact or terminal velocity greatly affects bullet expansion. There's a huge difference in remaining velocity at 500 yards and that remaining at 1300 yards. I would call needing three shots to kill an elk as total failure. Get closer next time.
My friend took a mature cow elk last year with 2 shots of 180gr Berger VLD off his 7MM Magnum (Weatherby rifle) at no more than 125 yards. Blew the heart and lungs, entry wounds were 2 inches apart, but still managed to stumble ~50 yards into the timber. Is that considered a failure too because it took him 2 shots?
Another friend took 5x6 bull elk 5 years ago with 3 shots (all in the vital area, fist size exit holes) of 260grainers off his .340 Weatherby Magnum at ~200 yards but still ran 75-100 yards. I guess that's another failure too!
Sometimes, even with the best intentions and conditions, Murphy chimes in and messes things up.
I don't remember where I read it but a PH said "unlike most hunters (talking to an American client) think/believe, here in Africa the follow up shot(s) is/are just as important as the 1st shot, make them all count
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