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#506985 - 11/25/07 08:30 PM Recovered bullet after passthru deer
jakeway
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My son Joe shot an 8 point Satruday morning. It was standing in front of a steep dirt bank. Joe was showing me where the buck was standing at the time of the shot, when Joe pointed at a hole in the bank and said "I bet that's where the slug went!"

We dug around a little, and found the bullet only a few inches into the dirt. I don't have any pic of it yet, but I hope Joe remembers to take a pic soon.

It's a 240 gr XTP shot with two 50 gr 777 pellets. Range was about 80 yrds. The bullet mushroomed nicely, but not too large, and seems to have a lot of it's original weight left. If I get my hands on it (it's in Joe's truck now) I'll weigh it and post the results here.
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#507031 - 11/25/07 08:58 PM Re: Recovered bullet after passthru deer [Re: jakeway]
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#508541 - 11/26/07 07:44 PM Re: Recovered bullet after passthru deer [Re: RUGER]
jakeway
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Well, I'm technically challenged at the moment. I thought reloading scale would measure the bullet, but it doesn't go that high. My wife has the good digital camera, so my cell phone can't get a decent pic at close range.

The bullet's mushroom is approx .6 inches, compared to .452 original diameter. The mushroom only goes down to the cannelure, leaving the rest of the bullet intact. I'd say it's at least 80% weight retention.
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#508634 - 11/26/07 08:22 PM Re: Recovered bullet after passthru deer [Re: jakeway]
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#509185 - 11/27/07 10:27 AM Re: Recovered bullet after passthru deer [Re: kasey]
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#509797 - 11/27/07 06:38 PM Re: Recovered bullet after passthru deer [Re: CHRIS WILSON]
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Chris, Joe is using the BSA scope from your old Optima on his new one; I put a Bass Pro RedHead EPic 2-7X32 on mine, and I'm really impressed with that scope, expecially for $129.
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#520279 - 12/07/07 01:57 PM Re: Recovered bullet after passthru deer [Re: jakeway]
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That's pretty cool. I got a bullet out of a deer i had spined one time. I hit him with a 385 gr buffalo bullet. It mushroomed out pretty good. It was laying in his chest cavity when i dressed him.
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