Last weekend I missed a whitetail buck trying to shoot through some brush to the deer. I have never had a problem busting brush with the 12 gauge foster slugs, and punched through to a buck with the ML this year who's body I couldn't see (only the head and front legs) without any problem. I tried to make almost the same kind of shot with the 300 win mag, and had no success. I'm shooting 180 grain TSX federal premium.
So when I got home, i decided to do a little test. That's the first animal i decided was a shooter and didn't get at under 40 yds. I have missed my share at longer distances and or running, but i was quite confident that I didn't miss the deer both shots because of my point of aim. Anyways, I set up the target (empty 24 pack of beer) at about 30 yards with similar size (pencil sized and smaller), density and amount (the last 7-10 yards) and fired 4 shots with 4 different bullets. One hit normal, one crashed near the edge of the target sideways, and 2 missed completely.
3 shots with the 12 gauge slug yielded NO good hits, which was a complete surprise, considering I have never not scored when shooting through that kind of brush with it.
What experiences has everybody had shooting through brush? I know a bow doesn't work, but I assumed that a 300 win mag could shoot through a steel plate and easily kill at that kind of range.