So two years ago and the year before I had essentially identical shots on does. Both quartering slightly towards (right shoulder closest to me), 40 yards, out of a treestand (even the same tree). Anyways, both shots were straight through the front shoulder and into heart and lungs. For all intents and purposes, perfect shots. The only difference is the shot two years ago must have ricocheted off a bone or something because it ended up destroying about every organ in her body and came out darn near her rear hip.
Long story short, neither had a blood trail for the first thirty yards or so and then started to bleed profusely. I mean an absolute bloodbath. I just had to casually walk along because I could see blood everywhere and figured I'd see a piled up doe five yards in front of me. Both blood trails ended up being over 250 yards long and ended up with dead does.
Also, last year I shot a doe at 30 yards broadside and saw it run away into the thick stuff. I gave it about 20 minutes and went towards the direction it ran off. When I came up to it, I was amazed that it was still moving around. It couldn't get up, but it could lift it's head. It died a short time later, but it was a double lung hit just behind the shoulders and a complete pass-through.
My question is what the heck is wrong with these bullets and has anyone else had similar problems with the Shockwave 200 grain load? I've shot 20-25 other deer with rifles and shotguns and when I hit one in the wheel house they never go this far, not even close. Maybe it's just me, but I fully expect to see these deer dropping within 100 yards or at least being able to hear them drop and thrash around. I understand deer are extremely tough animals, but the only times I've had this happen is with this specific load so it's making me wonder.
I'm looking to change loads and looking for recommendations. I want a saboted bullet and would like to consider something for longer range shooting, 150 yards plus. Any help is appreciated.