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My first recovered Barnes bullets. Link to video from my hunting trip

TurdusMerulaTurdusMerula MemberPosts: 292 Member


Couple of weeks ago on I shot a buck and as I butchered it, I recovered my first ttsx’s after tens of kills with these.
I shot the first shot into it’s chest from around 150 yards. It had moved it’s head and before it entered the chest it went through the deer’s nose and lower jaw. Then it entered the chest.
Deer took a backflip and kicked few times and laid still after that. That wasn’t the whole story though. While I was picking up my stuff it had stood up and was slowly walking away from me while I was packing my stuff from my shooting post (ditch by the field, remember the video?) It was already at 220 yards, walking slowly away when I shot it for the second time. It was very dark and all I could see was it’s rear end and a bit of shoulder. In the darkness I put my scope’s cross hair’s red dot in the point where I saw his b**t and shoulder unite. Super quartering shot. I heard the bullet slamming in and game was over after a 20 yards ”run”

When I was butchering the deer I found my bullets. Side by side just outside the rib gage, under the shoulder blade. Ther other bullet had made three small dings on the other bullet’s side. You can see one in the picture. Hopefully.
Funny coincident that they hit each other when I shot the deer for the second time. Power was almost out at that point though. Seventh deer for this season and first on year 2020.


Here's the video from the trip. Probably as boring as watching the paint dry but someone might find it interesting to see the landscape from my home to my hunting area one hour drive away from our home.












To see a World in a Grain of Sand And a Heaven in a Wild Flower
Hold Infinity in the palm of your hand And Eternity in an hour
-William Blake-

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  • CHIRO1989CHIRO1989 Senior Member Posts: 12,927 Senior Member
    Cool video, looks just like Northern Minnesota, right down to the rocks along the highway. No binoculars or spotting scope to hunt that huge field? 
    I take no pleasure in the death of the wicked, but rather that they turn away from their ways and live. Eze 33:11
  • earlyagainearlyagain Posts: 6,879 Senior Member
    Those bullets appear to live up to their sterling reputation.
  • TurdusMerulaTurdusMerula Member Posts: 292 Member
    Those bullets appear to live up to their sterling reputation.
    Yes, they do. We just counted with my father that we have shot over seventy animals (moose, white tail deer, roe deer) with them without any problems.
    In last November we managed to get our first Barnes from the game. My father shot an moose cow from 250 yards with 308 win. Bullet broke the front leg’s bone and destroyed the heart oan was found on the opposite side’s hide. Bullet was in perfect shape even after exploding the bone from the leg.











    To see a World in a Grain of Sand And a Heaven in a Wild Flower
    Hold Infinity in the palm of your hand And Eternity in an hour
    -William Blake-
  • earlyagainearlyagain Posts: 6,879 Senior Member
    Literally, solids that expand.
  • BigslugBigslug Senior Member Posts: 8,385 Senior Member
    Those bullets appear to live up to their sterling reputation.
    Yes, they do. . . . My father shot an moose cow from 250 yards with 308 win. Bullet broke the front leg’s bone and destroyed the heart oan was found on the opposite side’s hide. Bullet was in perfect shape even after exploding the bone from the leg.











    That's probably one of the most useful testimonials for these slugs - we know how much depth we can get at what distance, and we know that a major bone isn't going to destroy even the petals of the nose.

    What bullet weight was your Dad using in his .308?
    WWJMBD?

    "Nothing is safe from stupid." - Zee
  • TurdusMerulaTurdusMerula Member Posts: 292 Member
    edited January 2020 #7
    Bigslug said:
    Those bullets appear to live up to their sterling reputation.
    Yes, they do. . . . My father shot an moose cow from 250 yards with 308 win. Bullet broke the front leg’s bone and destroyed the heart oan was found on the opposite side’s hide. Bullet was in perfect shape even after exploding the bone from the leg.











    That's probably one of the most useful testimonials for these slugs - we know how much depth we can get at what distance, and we know that a major bone isn't going to destroy even the petals of the nose.

    What bullet weight was your Dad using in his .308?
    It was 168 grain ttsx at claimed 2560fps (Sako Powerhead 2 factory load)
    Petals were perfect after the hit and journey through the moose

    To see a World in a Grain of Sand And a Heaven in a Wild Flower
    Hold Infinity in the palm of your hand And Eternity in an hour
    -William Blake-
  • zorbazorba Senior Member Posts: 23,955 Senior Member
    Wow - roll those petals back up, tap them in place with a hammer, and you could re-use that bullet!
    -Zorba, "The Veiled Male"

    "If you get it and didn't work for it, someone else worked for it and didn't get it..."
  • BigslugBigslug Senior Member Posts: 8,385 Senior Member
    Bigslug said:
    Those bullets appear to live up to their sterling reputation.
    Yes, they do. . . . My father shot an moose cow from 250 yards with 308 win. Bullet broke the front leg’s bone and destroyed the heart oan was found on the opposite side’s hide. Bullet was in perfect shape even after exploding the bone from the leg.











    That's probably one of the most useful testimonials for these slugs - we know how much depth we can get at what distance, and we know that a major bone isn't going to destroy even the petals of the nose.

    What bullet weight was your Dad using in his .308?
    It was 168 grain ttsx at claimed 2560fps (Sako Powerhead 2 factory load)
    Petals were perfect after the hit and journey through the moose

    Sweet!  I've killed three deer with that bullet at 2975fps from a .30-06 with the intent of having a one-load-for-all rifle.  Haven't recovered one yet.

    I selected the 130 grain version for my deer-dedicated .308.  Given that I've largely lost interest in the elk game, I may drop down to that for the '06 as well in the interest of flattening the trajectory.

    The nice thing about the .30 cals is they all have the same nose, so die changes for C.O.A.L. are not necessary.
    WWJMBD?

    "Nothing is safe from stupid." - Zee
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