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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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You probably got one lung and little else. The high lung hit blood trails can be a challenge. Good recovery. I hope he eats good.
The 150 grainer S.T. got BOTH lungs & the cavity was full of blood when I field dressed him. I am assuming it was just one of those weird things that happen sometimes. YES, he will eat well as he was not spoiled & no foul odor.:)
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.
Every shot is different, and deer are individuals, just like people are. There are too many variables to expect identical actions every time you shoot a deer.
Jack, I agree with you & others on this, just never happened to me until yesterday. I was wondering if I were to use Silvertips, made for the .30-30, might allow for more expansion. I got over 200 of those type bullets. Then I could just use my reloaded ammo or Winchester 150 grain Power Points.
Wouldn't do that unless you are going to load them down to .30-30 velocities. The flat-nosed .30-30 ST's are sdesigned to run about 500 fps slower than the .308's and with all that nose surface they will surely come apart more violently than you want them to. I tried the 150 gr. ST'sfor the .308/.30-06 in a .300 Win Mag once. Again.....running 400-500 fps faster than designed to do. A good bit on the fragile side for reliable performance.
Thanks, great advise. Guess the .30-30 S.T's would be too lightly constructed. Good for Coyotes though! :)
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