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Old 09-12-2011, 07:47 AM
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Chet, that is a nice, interesting, well written hunting tale. Thank you!

Your children are lucky to enjoy the hunting. You're also blessed to have them kids to enjoy hunting.





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Old 09-12-2011, 07:48 AM
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Great story!
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Old 09-12-2011, 09:28 AM
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It really was a well placed shot. Congratulations to you and your son. An outstanding job and a well placed shot.

Some questions for you..

Did you get a complete pass through at that distance with 50 grains of powder?

Did the Lehigh open up and do its thing at that distance with that powder charge?

You wrote there was no blood trail. Were you surprised the wound looked the way it did? And, do you believe the bullet behaved as it expected, and was the powder charge the reason for any thing that could have been better?
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Old 09-12-2011, 09:30 AM
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Excellent story Chet. And WOW, great offhand shot placement by the young man. Well done.
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Old 09-12-2011, 09:50 AM
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Congrats to you and Micah both. Good Story of the hunt.
I am also interested in how much penetration you got with that load and if that was enough velocity to shear the petals the way those Lehighs are designed to work.
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Old 09-12-2011, 10:07 AM
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The bullet was a compLete pass through. I assume the petals sheared off. The entry and exit hole were about the same size which is to be expected. I was surprised at no blood trail but the damage inside was tremendous and the body cavity filled with blood. I think the bullet did it's job amazingly well. the deer went 60 yards . I didn't look for petals as I was in a hurry to get it butchered.
 
Old 09-12-2011, 11:42 AM
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50 grains and a complete pass through. Kind of makes you wonder about powder charges. I have a book, it is aimed more at flintlocks mind you. In the book the author tells of his favorite deer hunting load. Its 50 grains of powder and a patched ball. His take on it is.. the ball is very accurate. It enters the vital organs, penetrates them, and then releases the majority of its power internally.

As for no blood trail I will guess the lungs took the brunt of the bullet. But lets not forget the most important part... the young man got his first deer.
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Old 09-12-2011, 11:43 AM
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That's a fantastic shot your son made. With a pass through I'm surprised there was no blood trail. I guess the bullet didn't mushroom and thus not making a big enough exit hole to let the blood flow out freely. That would concern me with that bullet and the way the petals shear off, therefor not increasing the diameter of the bullet to cause a larger exit hole. When ever I shoot a deer I want to see blood on the ground. The more the better.
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Old 09-12-2011, 12:40 PM
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The entry and exit wound being the same size was a little hard for me to get used to. But if the petals shear off the remainder of the bullet that exits is going to be the same size as going in. I am use to either a large lead conical or Barnes so the exit is usually twice as big, sometimes the size of a 50 cent piece. Dead deer either way I guess but I like lots of blood if I have to find a deer. I wont make an evaluation on one deer . On the subject of 50 grains, it was definitely sufficient for sure.
 
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I suspect that a 250 Deep Curl with that powder charge, at that range and with that shot placement would have yielded an impressive exit wound.
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