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Is it better to just pass through or stop and stay?

Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by Uncle Mike, Jul 12, 2009.

  1. Uncle Mike

    Uncle Mike Well-Known Member

    Here's something to opine over... in your opinion, is it better for the bullet to pass through the animal or to stop inside the animal, not exiting?


    I have read where many say they prefer the bullet pass through the animal, as to offer a better blood trail... others reinforce the idea it is better to have the bullet 'stop' inside the animal, allegedly expending all its energy within and on the animal.

    Whatda' think...

  2. I'm in the "want a big exit hole for blood trail" camp. Definitely. I've lost some animals due to no blood trail, and it ain't fun for anyone involved. :( Cept the coyotes and buzzards I guess.
  3. MJR007

    MJR007 Well-Known Member

    Two holes are better than one.
  4. 41 Mag

    41 Mag Well-Known Member

    IMO always, and not bothered by big either.
  5. jordan1948

    jordan1948 Well-Known Member

    Plus you don't have to dig the bullet out :D
  6. hawmanai

    hawmanai Well-Known Member

    Another vote for exit hole, using an expanding bullet, FMJs don't do much damage.
  7. Arkel23

    Arkel23 Well-Known Member

    I like for my bullet to exit, even though I don't think my .300 wby mag bullets is going to stop in a white tail.
  8. oneounceload

    oneounceload member

    Depends on where you hunt. When I hunted out West, I wanted ALL of the energy to help put the animal down quickly.
  9. MrCleanOK

    MrCleanOK Well-Known Member

    Big, bloody, easy-to-track exit holes, please. If you hit some combination of heart/lungs as you are supposed to, more energy won't really help much.
  10. Ol` Joe

    Ol` Joe Well-Known Member

    My opinion is if it stops inside it`s due to not having enough energy to push its way through. I` want a hole all the way through and the bullet to be fully expanded while doing it.
  11. Deus Machina

    Deus Machina Well-Known Member

    I'm not an experienced hunter, so take this as hand-me-down info and with a grain of salt, here...

    My grandfather said he used the rounds he did (handloads, I think; wish I could remember the specs) because it stopped just under the skin of the biggest buck he's ever shot.

    Meaning, in his opinion, that a shot should dump nearly all its energy in the animal, but still have enough to pass through. No wasted energy, but still a blood trail. I tend to agree there.
  12. redneck2

    redneck2 Well-Known Member

    Problem is, with no exit you may well not get a trail. I want 'em to leak out of both sides. Entry is typically quite small.

    I shot a buck head on with a 12 gauge slug (Remington Copper Solid). He ran toward me, then veered off and ran across the field and almost to the woods before falling. Heart and one lung were destroyed.

    Unless you get a spine, neck, or head shot, you'd better figure on the deer going 8-10 seconds. They can cover a LOT of ground in that time.
  13. R.W.Dale

    R.W.Dale Well-Known Member

    I want as much blood trail as possible, because deer don't always drop dead like bad guys shot on Magnum PI

    I want an entry and exit if I can get it
  14. Vern Humphrey

    Vern Humphrey Well-Known Member

    It's the hole that kills. You want the biggest, deepest hole you can get.

    Now, some will talk about "hydrostatic shock" -- but how many of us have had a deer run a hundred yards or more after being hit? In such a situation, "hydrostatic shock" is over and done with -- but bleeding out continues.

    Next, you don't always get a perfect shot. Sometimes you have to take a quartering shot, which requires much more penetration. If the bullet won't exit on a broadside shot, it isn't up to dealing with quartering shot.

    Finally, the points about leaving a good blood trail are right on target. Two holes leak more than one.
  15. Al Thompson

    Al Thompson Moderator Staff Member

    Two holes. Entrance wounds usually don't bleed enough.
  16. jerkface11

    jerkface11 Well-Known Member

    Bullets don't have enough energy to kill that way. You kill them by poking a hole in them so if it goes all the way through it works better.
  17. dscottw88

    dscottw88 Well-Known Member

    This is a rediculous claim with no proof to back it up. If I'm using a round that wont pentrate through the animal (EX: deer, elk etc.) than I am using a Under Powered cartridge. "Energy Dump" or "Bullet Dump" isn't a good thing, period. I wan't my bullet to travel all the way through. This ensures that penetration is sufficient. Remember kids, although expansion is good, penetration is what kills in the end.
  18. dakotasin

    dakotasin Well-Known Member

    or, the cartridge may be perfectly acceptable but improper bullets or unacceptable velocity, etc...

    for the record, i want two holes, and i'll take the golf ball size exit, thanks.
  19. Uncle Mike

    Uncle Mike Well-Known Member

    I like BIG exit holes....

  20. bigione

    bigione Well-Known Member

    I like the exit hole, but noticed something with coyotes A high speed bullet will go clear through, the coyote will roll, get up and go. I've got coyotes with a healed scar about ten nches long along the side down low. It appeated a bullet had gone thru and the coyote had healed up. I got one at long distance with a heavy hollow point 44 mag. and he went down like he was clubbed with a big, big club. No roll. The bullet never came out. Circunstances vary.

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