30/375 s.i. Reduced load vs deer

Discussion in 'Rifles, Bullets, Barrels & Ballistics' started by elkaholic, Nov 25, 2012.

  1. elkaholic

    elkaholic Well-Known Member

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    Hi guys.....I wanted to try out a 208 SXR on some long range meat but didn't get a chance so I loaded up 22 grains of 4198 for a muzzle velocity of 1486' and shot a small whitetail buck at just under 100 yards. My plan was to shoot him front on and recover the bullet but he spotted me and took off so I shot him through the front of the shoulders. The impact velocity was probably barely under 1400'. As the pics show, not much meat was waisted but I knocked a 50 cent piece sized hole through the offside and put him right down. This would duplicate a 1550 yard impact. The aorta was blown off the top of the heart......Rich DSCF0239.jpg

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  2. barnesuser28

    barnesuser28 Well-Known Member

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    Wow thats impressive! They fragment at that velocity right?
     

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    Not really; just expand! Fragmentation is probably around 2500'......Rich
     
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    Oh, i thought from your testing in water they fragmented at low velocity but act like a bonded at high velocity.
     
  5. elkaholic

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    Not really; just expand! Fragmentation is probably around 2500'. The first pic is actually the entry hole. If you look closely, you can see the exit which looks a little smaller. I think this was due to the rib explosion .....Rich
     
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    This was a standard (non-bonded) bullet. Actually, the opposite is true (fragment high, mushroom low)......Rich
     
  7. barnesuser28

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    Ok, i was confused (obviously) :rolleyes:.
     
  8. elkaholic

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    Not to worry. It will get worse as you get older!:D
    This bullet will pretty much come unglued at above 2500', partially fragment between 2000-2500, and retain most of the weight below that with expansion down to 1300' or even lower.....Rich