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Weird Experience With My .308

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Well, yesterday Nov. 13th was our opening day for Rifle Season for Deer. Got out to my stand early & was situated at he edge of my back field. Took my Browning A-Bolt in .308 and factory 150 grain Silvertip (the old style) a friend gave me a couple of years ago. I think he bought the ammo back in the late 1990's. Anyway, a nice Buck shows up at the wood's edge trailing a Doe, about 150 yards away from me. He stopped allowing me to get off a shot which I had my crosshairs square on his Lung/Heart area & I fired. The Buck went down, but then got up and sneaked quickly off I fired again but missed. Got down and walked over to where I hit him but saw very little blood, just a few drops, so I started looking for him which I found him in a very tough spot fillled with vines, small pines & Blackberry briers. Got him out, with the help of a neighbor, who was hunting nearby. The Buck traveled about 100 yards into the brush area. When I got him situated to field dress him I noticed the exit bullet hole was only slightly larger than the entrance hole, again in the Lung/heart area. I though this was strange as I've used silvertips in my .270 and the exit hole was much larger than the entrance.:confused: Even on a 170 grain .30-30 silvertip bullet. Just wondering if the 150 grain Silvertip bullet Winchester used in this lot of factory ammo was 150 grain bullets intended for the .30-06 or .300 Win Mag.:confused: I know for a fact that a .308 will kill a Deer at 150 yards and my Browning A-bolt is very accurate, as the bullet hole was just where I placed it. The 150 grain S.T. seemed to act like a FMJ bullet on that particular Buck. What do you guys think what happened??:confused: This is the longest shot I have taken with a .308 as most of my shots are < 100 yards.
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I think the others have pretty well hit it. BTW, you really can't judge bullet performance by looking at exit holes. Many times, if you examine carefully while field dressing, you'll see terrific damage of heart and lungs, and a caliber size exit hole. Don't get fooled by all the 'DRT' stories you hear. An awful lot of whitetails will go a short distance with totally destroyed lungs and heart, and maybe even shoulders, too- seen it happen.
Had the same exact thing happen yesterday evening. I shot an average size doe with a 165gr .30-06 through the rib cage, lungs turned to mush, totally destorying one shoulder on exit. It was not an easy shot due to the angle and distance (100 yds quartering away in thich brush) and based on how she took off, I was sure I had missed.......until I heard her pile up. No way an animal should be able to run 100 yds with those injuries, but she did. It happens. Next time you might hit one exactly the same way with the same load and it could die in place. Go figure.
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