I'll be hunting with the Partistions as well. I've been loading BT's, and shooting 3 round groups at less than 1 inch at 100 yards. After reading J J's post in another tread, and some pass experiances I believe a good exit wound is is a must
I know this is kind of an old thread but I wanted to give my $.02. I tracked and shot a small 4x4 muley using a 270wcf using 130gr Nosler Ballistic Tips loaded with 58 grains of H4831. I place two shots, both through the lungs. When the first bullet he didnt even act like he was hit, I actually thought I missed somehow. When he turned away I thought he may run so I thumped him again in a somewhat quartering away angle. He hunched up, then fell dead. I paced off the distance and came up with 28 strides. Upon inspection, both bullets entered and exited without expansion(little hole in, little hole out). The second bullet even hit a rib on entry but it still didnt expand. I love the accuracy of the ballistic tips, but Im making the transition to 130gr Nosler Partition for deer and 150gr Barnes Triple Shock for Elk.
Just my $.02.
Best of luck,
Another cause for the small exit holes is that the bullet expanded too much and broke up inside the deer with only the rear part or a fragment making its way out through. Either way a bullet change would be a good thing.
From the books that I have read, there is a lot of importance in knowing every nook and cranny of your hunting territory as well as the animal that you are hunting. So scouting as much as possible, just walking the land, will give you a good idea of what's around the corner or what's on the other side of a hill. Which can be very beneficial.
Making your own maps of human and deer trails, and different types of foliage such as group of pines,...