odd bullet path


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Wolfgang james
December 31, 2013, 12:22 PM
Opening day I shot a buck at about 65yds with my 270 shooting 130gr hornady whitetail. The buck was quartered away pretty hard so I placed the shot near the back of the cage and flop. When I went over to recover my deer I can see the entrance hole as I placed it but when i rolled it over I found 3 exit holes, 2 being more or less across from the entrance and the other being about the size of a golf ball above the shoulder. I thought it was odd but maybe i caught a rib and pieces flew. While gutting I found everything that bullet hit and thought it was the oddest travel. Passed thru the liver, both lungs the heart and back bone. My question is how is that all possible from a tree stand up around 25ft? Oh and when i skinned it the shot didn't hit any ribs.

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Wolfgang james
December 31, 2013, 12:27 PM
Sorry I wasn't paying attention to what I was doing and ment for this to be in hunting so if it gets moved I know why

jmr40
December 31, 2013, 12:29 PM
Bullets sometimes do odd things after impact. Thus the controversy after 50 years with the Kennedy shooting. It sounds like the bullet broke up into pieces and possibly changed directions after impact. Not common, but not unheard of either.

osteodoc08
December 31, 2013, 04:45 PM
Which hornady bullet? I'd guess it fragmented and that's what you're seeing.

1911 guy
January 1, 2014, 01:42 AM
I'm also betting on fragmentation. At 65 yards, a bullet from a .270 is smoking right along, definately enough to enough to blow up the jacket on most bullets.

Wolfgang james
January 1, 2014, 12:45 PM
Without looking it up I think the hornady whitetail uses the sst bullets. The fragmentation I thought was odd that it didn't hit anything hard til existing by way of the spine.

Coltdriver
January 1, 2014, 02:02 PM
When a bullet hits it is frequently upset from the rotational axis formed when it left the barrel. If you calculate the spin it is mind boggling. Your bullet is probably spinning over 36000 revolutions per second.

If the bullet turns at all the spinning will frequently cause the bullet to explode thus breaking it into lots of parts which then fly off in all kinds of directions.

Patocazador
January 1, 2014, 03:48 PM
Using a frangible bullet up close that is made for long range shooting will result in the bullet coming apart and perhaps a lost deer. If it had hit the shoulder at that range, the bullet may not have penetrated to the vitals and a wounded deer would be the result.
It has happened to me twice. I don't shoot any ballistic tip-type bullets any more. They are just hollow points and do what hollow points are designed to do.

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