Nate.....Sounds like the bottom line is, it takes more to OPEN the noslers! Thank you very much for your response. It was very informative. I will have to pick some up and disect the bullet to check out the construction. I make my own bullets in .308 so I get a little weird about this stuf.....RichYep, I have taken about 200 animals with them- culling, 155 grain .308 MV 2820fps. They aren't like the Berger, closer to the SMK as far as the Jacket goes. Best to try and hit bone with the Nosler and in such cases, performance is more uniform than the SMK which will open up 90% of the time but occasionally won't at all.
At 450 yards, kills have been very slow with the Nosler, small wound (just goats though). I also had one blow up on a pig but thats not unheard of anyway, I had a 155 grain VLD blow up on a Boar's head the other day (temple) and the poor old bugger ran off with a headache but no blood trail. I saw the mud fly off its temple before it took off. Realistically though, SD has been my enemy, A client borrwed the .308 last year and had a richochet off the skull of a young Boar using the 150 grain Accubond. The Boar died of concussion which gave us an opportunity to autopsy the skull. The Client was a doctor/surgeon, I guess what you would call a reliable witness.
This kind of thing never happens when I use 168 to 190 grain bullets, just a pity about the loss in PBR.
Here are some more comments to confuse you, I have had better results with the 155 grain Nosler on Goats/pigs than the 155 grain VLD. But- I have had better results with the heavy Amax and VLD bullets than either of the 155 grain bullets. With the 155 grain VLD, I've had too many bullet blow ups on impact coupled with narrow chest wounds if/when the VLD did make it through the shoulder. Keep thinking, heck, I missed the animal altogether- the results have been that bad.
I've got plenty of autopsy pics if you want me to clarify any of the above comments.
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