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#3048310 - 11/25/12 03:48 PM Re: Lost one. [Re: Shooter77]
10 Point

Registered: 12/31/06
Posts: 4265
Loc: cleveland,tn

keep using b.t. and you will lose one from what seems to be the perfect shot. ribs are bones too and if this bullet hits one on impact you will probably not have a blood trail to follow.
#3048347 - 11/25/12 04:39 PM Re: Lost one. [Re: utfan1]
Benelli 4 Life
4 Point

Registered: 05/15/12
Posts: 276
Loc: Bledsoe Co. TN

I shoot 100gr Nosler BT out of my .257 WBY MAG and have never had a problem.Shot 9 deer with it and have watched em all fall.3 in their tracks and 6 within 30 yds. All passthroughs from 15 to 250 yds. Shoot Hornaday SST out of everything else. I have lost 2 deer with a rifle that I can think of and both of them was shot with a 7MM RUM with Nosler Partitions. I don't blame either one on the bullet or the gun. It was MY fault. Bad shot placement and bad angles.
You can't fix stupid!

#3049492 - 11/26/12 10:57 AM Re: Lost one. [Re: Benelli 4 Life]
10 Point

Registered: 09/26/00
Posts: 3720

Federal fusion 140 grain is my choice out of my 7mm-08. no trackin needed...IT happen to all of us.. Shake it off and press on...
#3049818 - 11/26/12 02:06 PM Re: Lost one. [Re: BZ911]

Registered: 12/05/03
Posts: 27878
Loc: TN

Ballistic tip bullets were not designed for penetration, especially on deer sized game. There are much better choices in bullets for deer! Hate you lost one regardless.
#3049842 - 11/26/12 02:30 PM Re: Lost one. [Re: Rockhound]
Hunter 257W
10 Point

Registered: 10/04/12
Posts: 3522
Loc: Franklin County

Ballistic Tips are a relatively soft bullet for thin skinned game like deer. They may or may not fail to penetrate when fired from some big fire breathing magnum or if you are using a light-for-caliber BTip that was intended as a varmint bullet, but a moderate velocity cartridge like the 7mm-08 should have no such problems using BTips. I think you can stop worrying about the bullet or cartridge. The 7mm-08 is a great deer cartridge and because of it's moderate velocity, any standard copper jacket/lead core bullet will work on deer.

I used my 1st BTip in a 270 in a 130gr weight on a buck back in 1992. It was hit broadside about 100yds away and I was pleasantly surprised to not see the crater wound I had been warned of but instead a nice 1 inch exit wound on the opposite side.

#3049857 - 11/26/12 02:40 PM Re: Lost one. [Re: Hunter 257W]
10 Point

Registered: 07/13/12
Posts: 2835
Loc: SouthEast Tenn

Sounds like your barrel is maybe 2 inches too short, it also sounds like maybe you were using a bolt action to lose a deer like that. What - isn't that just as ridiculous as to blame ballistic tipped bullets??? I don't personally choose to shoot that type of bullet, but come on don't tell me that is why he lost his deer.
"The world is so dreadfully managed, one hardly knows to whom to complain."
-Ronald Firbank

#3051649 - 11/27/12 01:25 PM Re: Lost one. [Re: BlountArrow]
6 Point

Registered: 12/08/02
Posts: 575
Loc: East TN

There is a reason Nosler came out with the Accubond B-tip bullets. They were having loads of issues with B-tips on deer size and bigger animals. B-tips were orginanly designed for varmint hunting. I will say, every deer I killed with them had huge exit wounds. The accubond is designed to stay together.

From Nosler's website, notice the last line.

High Performance Bonded-Core Bullets

Released in 2001, Nosler’s AccuBond® High Performance Bonded Core Bullets™ deliver expansion and penetration with outstanding weight retention at all normal hunting velocities and ranges. The tapered, highly concentric bullet jacket is constructed from gilding metal that produces minimal fouling compared to most bonded core bullets that use pure copper jackets. The jacket is bonded to a lead alloy core that is engineered for balanced expansion. Nosler’s proprietary bonding process eliminates all possibility of component separation resulting in 60-70% weight retention.

Edited by Shooter77 (11/27/12 01:26 PM)

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