There were a couple different comments made over the past couple days, on a couple of different threads, that have made me re-evaluate my understanding of terminal ballistics.
I place a lot of stock in the phenomena of hydraulic shock, as put out by high-velocity bullets (assuming that they hold together). But Murphy was just saying on another thread that he doesn't trust any bullet at that velocity when pitted against "tough critters" (ie. coastal brownies).
Then on another thread somebody said the following:
The "shock" incurred by a high velocity bullet is in most instances like a shockwave of energy that can literally pulpify an animals lungs and other necessary organs. I must admit, inspecting the larger animals I've seen gun shot (moose) there is a neat little hole in most of the lungs I've seen pierced, but if you look at smaller animals....
Which made me think- maybe the kind of velocity that produces that "pulpifying" effect is always lost by the time a bullet makes it through the hide and muscle of a moose or brown bear. Maybe that phenomena is not harnessable in regards to those animals, no matter how harnessable it is in regards to lighter animals.
So, for those of you who have observed organ-pulpification in some animals, my question is this: have you ever seen it in a moose or brown bear?