Good work on getting your deer! Looks as if the jacket has come off from the tip, uniformly around the bullet, from what I can see in your picture, like it expanded while traveling forward in a uniform way. Looks like the core slipped forward as well by the diameter of the lead protruding. Definitely ended up sideways in the deer from the flattened side. The jacket that expanded also was flattened meaning to me the flattening occured after it did some expanding. Did you look at the bullet path from the stand to the deer, and find the offending branch/tree/twig? With the uniform jacket peeled back, and core slippage, the bullet had to do some decelerating at some point while traveling forward. I would think it centered something in the path if it made a flat, key hole entrance hole and stopped sideways in the neck. Thoughts?Well, I did it again. This year I managed to catch another bullet for the collection. While I didn't expect it, I love adding another to the collection.
It started out as a 150gr Accutip [and SST sold by Remington] out of my 308win model 750 carbine. Muzzle velocity is just short of 2700fps when pushed by IMR3031.
I was hunting near a small hemlock swamp on my local rod and gun club's property and looking to fill another tag. I had hardly got settled into my sit on an old blowdown when the buck showed up. I had been hearing noises behind me to the left so I was watching that direction for a few minutes. When I turned and looked across the swamp in front of me, there was a large bodied deer standing broadside about 50yds away.
With a buck and doe tag in my pocket, I wasn't wasting any time and getting picky and having the deer put a tree between me and it's vitals. I pulled up, aimed at the chest, and squeezed the trigger. At the shot the deer dropped. As I walked up, I noticed it had a rack, and it was a NICE buck.
What puzzled me, was the buck was struck in the neck. Now, maybe I pulled the shot in my haste, or the gun was off? But, when skinning the buck out, I found the bullet. It had hit the deer SIDEWAYS, not point first. That could only mean I hit a branch or something before the deer.
It weighs 122grs and shows that sometimes you get lucky.