I've only recovered one bullet that I can remember and it was a fluke at that. I was hunting antler less deer one year and decided to try my original Sharps 50-70 carbine. I figured I wanted to give the game a sporting chance. I ended up shooting one that faced me straight on at about 15 yards in a stare-down. I could see she wasn't going to turn and at the instant she started to bolt I fired. The bullet was a lead cast 450 grainer that entered her chest and exited behind her last rib (thank goodness it missed the hind quarters). As I was cleaning the animal, my brother in law walked up to me and as we talked, he reached down and picked up my bullet lying beside us on the ground. There was a nearby broken pinion pine branch about 2 inches in diameter that was freshly broken that would have been directly behind the deer. Apparently the bullet passed completely through the deer and struck that branch causing the bullet to fall to the ground. With the exception of some minor damage to the nose, I could have reloaded the bullet which was cast with wheel weight lead.