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chaded 01-10-2014 06:07 PM

Bullet Performance
Just thought I would share a couple pictures of the entry and exit on the deer I shot last Saturday. I just got around to skinning it and it is still rock solid. It has been a rough year compared to previous years for me. I mostly bow hunt and did not seal the deal and blew a great opportunity on two nice bucks. Due to schedules I wasn't able to hunt during our week of gun season here so that left me with the muzzleloader season. It is 4 days long here and even though Saturday was about 10 degrees out it was going to be the warmest day. I wasn't going out when the windchill was -25 the other days. So anyways, this was a little scrub buck and I took him out. The shot was about 50 yards. The entry with the way he was angled was right around the liver area and it clipped the stomach going out. He just stood there after the shot and fell over dead not even a minute later.

Hornady XTP 300 grain (.430)
Harvester Crush rib sabot
110 grains of BH209
W209 primer



Omega45 01-10-2014 06:43 PM

Nice extrance and exit.

Wolf? :confused0024:

chaded 01-10-2014 06:47 PM

LOL. No the gun was an Optima V2. I forgot to include that.

nchawkeye 01-10-2014 07:29 PM

Classic performance from a classic bullet, nice work...

cayugad 01-10-2014 07:38 PM

Wow!! that's all I can say. That looks like what you want a bullet to do.

edwardCVAmason 01-10-2014 08:46 PM

Those Optimas V2 with XTPs BH209 and Harvester Black Crush ribbed are just like magic for folks. I hear of ver few fussy v2s reported with them!

chaded 01-11-2014 01:05 AM

This was with the Green crush ribs but I'm sure it would shoot the others fine as well.

gregrn43 01-11-2014 05:30 AM


rafsob 01-11-2014 01:02 PM

I use that bullet in my Apex, but with 95 hrs of BH209. I also use the easy glide yellow sabots. It does the trick every time for me.

chaded 01-11-2014 01:10 PM

I didn't find any fragments or anything. By the way some talk, 110 grains of BH209 at 50 yards it should have exploded on impact. :happy0157:

nchawkeye 01-11-2014 02:08 PM

Not the 300 grainers, they are good...

The fellow that developed the Savage smokeless, developed it around the
.451 Hornady XTP 300gr...He is pushing is about 2,100 fps if I remember correctly...

chaded 01-11-2014 02:21 PM

Yeah no idea how fast this one was moving. I shot another deer that same day and it went maybe 15 yards and fell dead.

ronlaughlin 01-11-2014 04:27 PM

Around 1900 fps.

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