So every time we log into a forum or read a gun magazine we udoubtedly here about a "Bullet Failure". Now most times these stories are a hard sell to readers because unless the game was recovered, we can't say for sure that it was the bullet and not poor shot placement. So what do you fellas consider a "Failure" when it comes to bullet behavior?
Secondly, we know that everybody who has ever slain a big game animal, from pronghorns to moose, has a favorite bullet, generally either a TSX or a Partition. But what is worst that you have used on game and why.
My story goes like this. When I was a little guy,8 or 9 years old, my dad decided I was old enough to hunt deer after I passed my HE course. For the first couple years I didn't know much less care what a good bullet was, rifles are loud they must be powerful right. I only had one choice in ammo, 90gr Fed Hi-Shok SPs for my Great Grandad's 244rem he had loaned me. I shot two bucks with that rifle and never thought twice about the cantaloupe sized ENTRY wounds they had, the exit holes of course, well there were none. Next I got my first real rifle of my own, a M7 in the then new 260rem cartridge. Being brand spankin new there was only one load for that cartridge, a 140 Core-Lokt. Well I had read some by this time and just knew that this thing would shoot through any buck deer that ever walked, heck it was nearly a twin to WDM Bell's 6.5x54MS, and he shot elephants. Imagine my surprise when the first buck I happened to luck into had a softball sized hole in his neck and little shiny pieces all over the place even though I had hit no bones. Fluke I thought, and yet it continued to happen. I finally swore of Core-Lokts in that gun after several years of less than satisfying performance. I remember shooting a buck BETWEEN two ribs and getting no exit, only a shotgun pattern of jacket and core prices in the ribs. That deer dressed at a whopping 98lbs, it in the south I can't help the size of our deer.
Fast forward to highschool with many deer between and I had procured a 30-06. I had started handloading by this time but still shot some factory ammo as buying empty brass was a foreign concept to me at this point in life. I generally bought Winchester 180gr Silvertips of the old neat looking variety, that shiny tip has to do something neat right? Well imagine my surprise when I shot a very large hog right in the shoulder with one and after a bit of thrashing about he gets up and heads out not to be hit again with the rest of my magazine of cartridges. Normally I would think I had made a less than stellar shot, but when a cousin killed a remarkably " similar" hog in the same area guess what he had buried in his shoulder muscles? You guessed it an inside out 30cal Silvertip.
So for the last nearly a decade now it has been nearly all premium bullets for me. If I use a regular old bullet it's either very heavy for caliber, ie 220gr in 06, or in my 30-30 or similar low velocity number.
Share your stories of "failures", I'd be interested to hear them.