- May 2, 2001
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That's really unfortunate. Sounds like you went above and beyond to recover the animal though. I bet that bullet just punched through almost unscathed. I've tested some SMKs at short range and not been pleased with the results, though I know people have decent luck with them further out. This was the reason I developed both SMK and Accubond loads for my rifle even though I'd rather shoot 1 load for everything.The next dear is the unbelievable. I was hunting soy bean fields where 600 to 800 yard shots were expected using a 338 edge 300 grain smk @ 2850. The unexpected happened when a buck showed up on woodlot edge at 125 yds. I hit the deer high and behind the front shoulder which knocked him to the ground immediately. As I slid another shell in he began to roll then crawl to some high brush. I lost site of him at that point. When I went to find him all I found was the leaves scraped where he fell, but not even a drop of blood. I was able to trail him by the disturbed leaves for about 20 yards but never found a drop of blood. Searched for two days and never found him. I know that the bullet may not expand much but cannot believe that there was not at least a one inch hole on the exit side.
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