exploding bullets on impact...is this real or are people guessing?

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  1. keithcandler

    keithcandler Well-Known Member

    Jan 30, 2005
    That was not a splash, you just hit low.

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    FEENIX Well-Known Member LRH Team Member

    Dec 20, 2008
    1 of 2 coyote.jpg
    2 of 2 coyote.jpg

    Taken at 525 yards with 175 Matrix VLD (2993 FPS MV) out of my .270 AI.
  3. bigngreen

    bigngreen Well-Known Member

    Nov 24, 2008
    A 110 Barnes TTSX from a 270 WSM will cut a coyote in half, I've never had one twitch after being hit with one regardless of where the hit was, I hit one running through the back end and it rolled up into a dead pile like I hit it though the shoulders, back end was totaled, not a fur bullet!!
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  4. LVJ76

    LVJ76 Well-Known Member

    Feb 2, 2019
    Shot him up hill and turning away the bullet would've come out a little higher on the other side and it did not. Here's a picture of the other side
  5. Greyfox

    Greyfox Well-Known Member

    Jan 21, 2008
    These are 300gr FMJ solids I shot into a Cape Buffalo at 25 yards a few decades ago with my 375H&H. The bullet on the right hit a rib on entry leaving nothing but a cracked rib, a small piece of casing, and *Rule 4 Violation*ed off critter. The second bullet made its way into the vitals.......a couple of treacherous hours later. That first shot had but a few pieces of lead and jacket barely into one lung.....but enough to track and finish him.
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  6. mnoland30

    mnoland30 Well-Known Member

    Dec 24, 2010
    I once shot a javelina with my 10" contender 7mm TCU. The bullet was intended for deer, and at 1800 fps, it did not expand. I learned that you have to match the bullet with the velocity. I switched to Speer 115 gr. hollowpoints, and it drops them in their tracks. With my .270, I never had a bullet failure on deer. When I got a 7mm RM, and started hunting elk, I had to go to premium bullets. Most bullets are designed for deer, because that is what most people hunt. Heavy for caliber bullets work better for larger animals, and almost guarantee an exit wound.
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  7. Coyote_Hunter

    Coyote_Hunter Well-Known Member

    Jul 24, 2019
    My first big game animal was a bull elk in the mid '80's. Based on a recommendation from my elk-hunting mentor (not a very successful hunter), I used a 7mm RM with a 162g Hornady InterLock. Didn't have a chrono back then but book data indicated around 3000fps MV.

    Shot a bull elk at about 100 yards. The bullet hit a rib dead center, cratering the back side, then passed through the elk, missing or barely nicking a rib on the far side and coming to rest under the hide. Retained bullet weight was under 48%.

    There was no 'splash', but I wasn't happy with the results, either. Yup, the elk died. But there was no exit, which felt was due to low weight retention. And I felt the bullet should have retained more weight given that only one bone was hit.

    The next year I switched to Speer Grand Slams and it took 20 years to recover one - all the others were pass-throughs. The one I recovered destroyed both shoulder joints on a nice 5x6 bull, coming to rest peeking out of the joint on the far side. Retained weight was over 70%.

    Since then I used Grand Slams for the next 20 years or so. In 2015 I used one again and recovered it from another 5x6 bull ten at 411 yards, 4 steps and down. These days I tend to use tipped Barnes, Nosler AccuBond, Swift A-Frame, Swift Scirocco II and North Fork in my bolt guns and reserve the standard cup-and-core for my handguns and leverguns. I don't see any need to change.
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