I n the last week and a half I have shot two whitetails with my .358 Norma and 225 gr. Accubonds. One was at 178 yds. the other at 205 yds. both measured with a rangefinder. The shot on the 178 yd. buck was a double lung through the ribs and no other bones hit. The exit hole was approx. 2" and the deer spilled buckets of blood for the 25-30 yds it ran.
The interesting scenario was on the 205 yd shot. I held this one for a high shoulder shot because it was getting dark and I didn't want to have to search for it. Well no searching was necessary. The deer literally flopped over on its back at the shot with four legs in the air stone dead. When I started looking it over I initially couldn't find the exit hole or a single drop of blood. I was shocked considering the size of the first one. The shot broke both shoulders and I finally found an exit hole about 1/2" in diameter. I presume if the deer had run it would have left a blood trail because the lungs were liquid and the chest cavity full of blood. I guess when it laid on its back there was no way for the blood to flow out the hole.
I was just surprised that having hit a rib that bullet had expanded to make a huge hole but having taken out two shoulder blades it only made a hole the size of what I would bet was the diameter of the mushroomed bullet. I am totally pleased with the performance in both cases. I simply found the difference odd.