Thought you guys might have some opinions on the results of this "new" handloaders' latest experimenting with bullets and harvest:
Was all lined up and rested for a frontal shot on fairly large Blacktail (192lbs minus entrails) at 122 yards
Found it was irresistable opportunity so I took the shot rather than wait for him to turn broadside.
Figuring that I was almost overloaded for Deer with a Nosler 150gr Ballistic Silvertip cruising at around 2700fps (out of a .270wsm pushed by 60gr of H4831sc) there should be good penetration, even through the chest. Hope I don't blow too much away tho.
I let fly, centered between the shoulder blades, base of the throat, and felt a good shot was released. I was a little surprised to see no reaction other than the lowering of his head. Even hesitated to reload for a split second as I was so sure it was a good hit. Then as he showed no signs of shock but slowly, with head down a little he turned around calmly taking two steps to reverse direction. I started figuring, "Whoa, I may need to hit him again."
Before I could get another round in this fine Buck just toppled over, No Jump, No Fleeing, just Head down, two steps to the right and down he went.
Then, as I was examining for the shot placement, I can barely find the entrance wound, tho there it was, right where I wanted it, and I mean it was "Just" a .277 inch diameter hole goin in and no exit to be found.
So, while field dressing him I am still amazed as there is not even penetration of the diaphragm behind the lung/heart cavity.
Am beginning to think, "What killed this deer?" when I go forward and find the heart looking like this:
So I gotta admit, that's pretty good, the results, a totally nonstressed animal, put down quickly, etc. But I have read on these Forums a few differing opinions about the Ballistic Tips and wonder what you folks think of this result? That bullet didn't go far, I couldn't find any of the little pieces that did that to the Heart but they didn't go past the lungs for sure.
Honestly, wondering what to think of using the same on larger critters? Thinking, what if I hit the shoulder? I don't know, still mulling it over, thought I'd toss it up for discussion, comments.
It all worked perfectly, the accuracy of these out of my rifle is proven .5" all day long at 100yds. So that was obviously a big part of this clean kill.
Once again, It's all about shot placement right?
But there are a lot of other factors in there as well.
Sure tastes good that much I can say.......
Well, no Venison Heart this time, Shucks.......