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.
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