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Old 12-21-2005, 08:38 PM
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After reading some of the post in here it seems that when you go against the grain,have a gripe about a bullet ....you are either a liar, a dummy or a corporate troll. Well I feel that I am none of those, just a normal guy that's been around firearms and reloading all my life and have taken my share of game. With that said I had this happen to me about a month ago. This bullet was fired from a 300 WSM, the load consisted of 67.0 grs of R-19 behind a Barnes 168 TSX. I never chronographed this load but by the manual it should be doing 3000-3100 fps. The bullet entered the chest of a whitetail deer facing head on and slightly quartering and traveled through the vitals destroying them and then passed through the guts and stopped just under the hide just forward of the hindquarter. The deer was a mess inside and it appears the bullet tumbled some. The deer didnt run far after being shot but did not bleed a drop of blood. I am not saying that the bullet failed, though it did fail to expand. The range was slightly over 100 yards and I am certain the bullet had enough velocity at that range to expand properly. This is show some here that it can happen.

As I have said before, I have used X's in the past and have always had pass through's. There are many examples of pefectly "X" shaped mushrooms from the barnes bullets taken from inside of animals, great they did their job perfectly. I sometimes think that many pencil through game and one will never know without recovering the bullet.They are known for having small wound channels compared to conventional jacketed bullets.Any thought's?


The bullet on the left is an unfired 168 gr TSX and the bullet on the right was recovered from a Canadian Whitetail and weighed 166.8 grains. Good weight retention eh?


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Old 12-21-2005, 08:42 PM
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Now thats pretty amazing, i have never seen a recovered bullet from a deer with such little expansion, and like you said, awesome weight retention, glad the deer didnt go to far, sometimes things just happen and theres nothing you can do to stop them, however, you killed your deer and i think thats the only thing that matters here. congratulations on your deer,
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Old 12-21-2005, 09:34 PM
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It's the exact reason that when i use a premium bullet, it's a Nosler Partition. In the hundreds i've shot, i've yet to have a failure!

I stand by what i keep posting here, NP's have the widest working range of any bullet made! They expand well at low velocities, and drive deep or on through, at high velocity!!!

In all the NP's i've shot at game, i've only recovered two bullets and i have never had one fail to expand!

For me, i'd call your bullet a failure.

BTW, i've seen other bullets do the same thing yours did. (not a TSX)

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Old 12-21-2005, 09:42 PM
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I stand by what i keep posting here, NP's have the widest working range of any bullet made! They expand well at low velocities, and drive deep or on through, at high velocity!!!

In all the NP's i've shot at game, i've only recovered two bullets and i have never had one fail to expand!

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Old 12-21-2005, 10:39 PM
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ORIGINAL: doubleA

I am not saying that the bullet failed, though it did fail to expand. The range was slightly over 100 yards and I am certain the bullet had enough velocity at that range to expand properly.
double, I think you and I learned the exact same thing this year. I had the same type of result in my 300 RUM with 180 gr Accubonds. The bullets are obviously not made for whitetails. I have sinced shelved the gun and load and will only use it for bigger game then a whitetail. I guess I could try a softer bullet, but then at those speeds it may do the opposite.
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Old 12-22-2005, 04:46 AM
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I agree that is a failure of your bullet. I had the same thing on a grand slam fired from a .270 win at about 50 yards It took two rounds in the boiler room to finish the job. Now I stick to NP's or for varmits v-max
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Old 12-22-2005, 05:28 AM
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That sucks, I had a similar occurrence with a 175 grain sierra once for some reason, I now shoot mostly all nosler!
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Old 12-22-2005, 06:37 AM
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Interesting, thanks for posting. I'm loading the 180's in my 300RUM. Haven't had the chance to take anything with it yet (it's my elk rifle and it was a bad year for me). Now I'm anxious to know what it'll do.
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Old 12-22-2005, 09:26 AM
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That is an odd one for sure.I have witnessed several kills with the tsx and have seen a few more recovered bullets,and all seem to have expanded.
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Old 12-22-2005, 09:38 AM
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I am not saying that the bullet failed, though it did fail to expand. The range was slightly over 100 yards and I am certain the bullet had enough velocity at that range to expand properly.
double, I think you and I learned the exact same thing this year. I had the same type of result in my 300 RUM with 180 gr Accubonds. The bullets are obviously not made for whitetails. I have sinced shelved the gun and load and will only use it for bigger game then a whitetail. I guess I could try a softer bullet, but then at those speeds it may do the opposite.
But see mossy, I have taken deer with 300RUM and partition and the effects were the completely opposite of mine.

Guys sooner than later, you will see this behavior out of any bullet. Kill enough game and it will happen.

I load 270 130gr gamekings kicking about 2850fpsfor a friend. For years, he has always raved about bullet performance from these rounds. This year he hit a spike and it left a very faint exit wound and very little internal. He was shocked. Does this mean its a bad bullet to use for deer? Not hardly. Does it mean they will all not expand? Again not hardly. Just in this circumstanc, it didn't work the way he wanted it too.

I believe this poster, but also beleieve it could have hit something at the last moment and it tumbled and caused what he has seen.
 

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