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6.5mm 120 gr Sierra Pro-Hunter no exit...

Discussion in 'Hunting' started by DIM, Nov 21, 2011.

  1. DIM

    DIM Well-Known Member

    Shot this buck on Saturday about 40 - 45 yards from a tree-stand, it never took a step, but bullet never made an exit although it destroyed humerus ball end on the other side and I recovered copper jacket with a bit of lead on the inside of the shoulder blade 5" from where it crashed humerus.


    Bullet I used was Sierra Pro-hunter which I shot from 26" 260 Rem barrel. Still puzzled what happened to the bullet and where is all that lead???
  2. hardluk1

    hardluk1 member

    All that lead has fragged inside your deer. These bullets can go off like a small genade. I try to place those type bullets behind the front legs and you will not have the same explosive results. It is nice not to have trail deer ain't it.

    Nice deer. Picture makes him look like he is glanceing at the camera.
  3. Zak Smith

    Zak Smith Moderator Staff Member

    I had a similar thing happen in this deer. 110gr Pro Hunter in 6.8 SPC. Bullet pulverized shoulder, then did the "golden bb" thing and bounced around the inside of the ribcage. No exit.
  4. DIM

    DIM Well-Known Member

    Few years back I used 130 gr Sierra Game King on about same size buck, I shot it from 270 WIN, that bullet made exit size of the quarter and that buck ran 100 yards and expired, doing some research I came up with idea that flat base bullets are more suited for close range hunting, so my bullet choice stopped at Pro-Hunter, they grouped very good loaded with 45 gr RL-17, going almost 3000 fps. In my case bullet entered on the right side, scratching 4th closer to 3rd rib


    then it traveled through chest turning lungs to jelly and then hit shoulder-humerus junction and whatever was left of it traveled up, where I recovered it.


    now the "Golden BB" there is something I would rather dismiss, there was second hole just 2.5" lower from were bullet made an entrance, I thought somehow it got punctured while I was dragging that buck through rough terrain, but now I think it was fragment of the bullet which ricocheted back-out.
    Last edited: Nov 22, 2011
  5. DIM

    DIM Well-Known Member

    Here's that fragment of the bullet which I recovered, as you can see not much lead left.

  6. hardluk1

    hardluk1 member

    Is that a real problem?? I have used NBT and sst bullets for 20 and 25 years and find as I get older it is nice not haveing to hunt up deer. Just have to pick shots better.
  7. Justin Holder

    Justin Holder Well-Known Member

    Standard cup and core bullets are meant to kill stuff, not pose for a photo shoot.
  8. DIM

    DIM Well-Known Member

    Its nice deadly bullet, deer never took another step, just thought it would completely penetrate, on the other hand dead is dead and no need to track it, but if I had to it would be nice to have complete penetration.
  9. RhinoDefense

    RhinoDefense Well-Known Member

    At what point in the animal's death did the bullet fail to do its job?
  10. bangaway

    bangaway Well-Known Member

    At what muzzle velocity do you think your long barreled .260 was getting? I just looked at a piture of the sierra bullet and I might try it in a 6.5x55. Have fun and bangaway.
  11. DIM

    DIM Well-Known Member

    This bullet was loaded on top of 45gr RL-17 going 3000 fps, since this is not a target bullet it did group less then 1/2"@100 yards.

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