Saw the funny comment about caliber selection in the Kenai Monster Brown Bear thread and it got me thinking about the huge debate/argument that got brought up from a question I posted earlier this spring. Went back through all the posts and one stuck out.
Topics were brought up about shooting large game and bullet entry/exit. It was mentioned no exit wound is a bad thing.
Now I get for tracking a blood trail an exit is a great way to get that blood on the ground but let's think about this for a second.
If you have all that kinetic energy from that bullet, enter the animal and punch through it, how much of that energy is being wasted? When an animal absorbs a bullet entirely, that animal also absorbs all that energy from your shot. You're getting a 100% of what that bullet has to offer into that animal. Sure there's no exit but the bullet being lodged on the opposite shoulder from entry, there's still plenty of damage going on there.
And of course shot placement is always key to any type of shooting. I'm curious what some of you "old timers" think about this...
With a well placed shot through the vitals, would you prefer your animal (general large game) to absorb that bullet or have it punch all the way through?
*also, I'm pretty sure most would agree, but I'd prefer not to rely on a blood trail to find my game