I couldn't say. I can't watch what the bullet is doing once it gets inside the fur... so I don't know what's happening in there. I just see the aftermath when I open them up. Destruction. So I don't know if its the heavy per cal bullets tumbling when hit, raw shock from velocity, or what. All I know is that a .22 cal bullet moving out fast which is heavy per cal absolutely crushes deer.Would you attribute this to hydrostatic shock more so than wound channel/tissue damage?
I do believe velocity plays a big factor... because a .223rem in a similar situation with similar bullets typically results in an animal running off more often than not. It is dead on its feet, but it's running none the less. Where as a creedmoor carries and delivers massive energy in comparison. At 300yds with an 80gr bullet, nearly an additional 600 ft/lbs over what I mentioned above in the 52gr calculation.
So it will be interesting to see what the 52gr does to a deer when its hitting with considerably less energy, but nearly equal velocity. The impact velocity of a berger 80 at 300yds is roughly 2975 fps. While the impact velocity at the same distance for the 52HH is 2875 fps. So that definitely tracks with the energy bleed. Light bullets just pull the parachute and deploy all flaps and drag fins and start heading for the dirt after 300, in my experience. They just don't have the BC.
The 52HH is pulling an approximate G1 of .220, based on the data from their website. Conversely a berger 80gr VLD reports a G1 of .455. So literally more than twice the BC. Suffice it to say, the two bullets are not a fair comparison when it comes to long range performance. However, there are some very specific metrics we are trying to test here and I think the data will be valuable to the industry as a whole, and VERY valuable to Hammer users. Once I've toasted this barrel on 52HH's, I'll likely put together another round of testing on their big boy 22cal bullets for a more pointed comparison to traditional heavy per cal bullets.
Follow on Instagram
Subscribe on YouTube