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Does anyone else recover bullets?

Discussion in 'Hunting' started by Gunner11, Dec 15, 2011.

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  1. Gunner11

    Gunner11 Member

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    From time to time I get bullets or parts thereof out of game I've shot. It gives me a good insight as to the loads I'm using and how they work. Does anyone else do this? Attached are a few photos of bullets 1 is a 30 cal 180 grn taken from a billy goats front shoulder wierd, 2 is same bullet from a 150 lb pig smashed spine and came to rest under shield 3 is .223 remmington taken from under the skin of a fallow buck went through two ribs and the lungs, still weighs 50 grns, 4 is a 150 grn sierra .303 smashed a stags neck stopped in soft tissue no core remained in jacket.:what:
     

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  2. baylorattorney

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    I do every chance I get, out of game or any target I can. Why not?


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  3. 351 WINCHESTER

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    Funny thing. I've never recovered a bullet from any deer (hog yes). My oldest son has been hunting s.c. with a .30-06 150 core lots. He recovered bullets from 3 deer. Last year I saw a guy that had shot an 8pt with a .308 150 core lot and had the bullet in his pocket. I've shot most of my deer with a .30-30 150 gr. and they have always left 2 holes.
     
  4. Cob

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    On one occasion I had dinner guests bite into some home-cooked grub my wife made for supper, and found a nice semi-soft chunk of lead shot in the Turkey Breast.:barf: They were "uppity", and did not quite understand:)

    I have collected #6,#7, & #8 shot from rabbit, quail, turkey, & squirrel with my teeth on several occasions, that made a nice "chink" sound when dropped from 10+ inches onto the fine china of my wife.

    I generally try to collect the bullets now to prevent the above, as well as for examination of expansion in larger game animals like deer, but I always discard them.

    I also recover spent Brass from shooting ranges, and also pocket brass of the right calibers from old shooting house while deer hunting whenever the opportunity arises.:D
     
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  5. T Bran

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    Yes I've recovered a few including what was left of a rifled slug from the neck of a 300 lb boar it was more like a splatter when it hit bone kinda cool. Also a 180gr Coreloct .30 cal that entered a deer quartering toward me and traveled legnthwise down the spine and lodged in the pelvis. There are some others but those were the nifty ones.
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  6. Craigman

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    I got a 150gn TSX fired out of a 30-06 that traveled lengthwise and ended up in the hind quarters on a big doe shot in the chest at 75yards. weighed 130 gns cause it lost a petal. Other than that it looks just like the advertisments. Pretty cool
     
  7. Flintknapper

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    You ‘betcha!

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  8. gspn

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    Every chance I get. I bring them home and weigh them too. I've learned a lot along the way.
     
  9. Rollis R. Karvellis

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    Card board boxes, and rubber much will do wonders for recovering handgun bullets, rifle bullets can be recovered the same way, you just have to have longer boxes.
     
  10. Freedom_fighter_in_IL

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    LMAO. Leave it to Flint to upstage all!!!! :D
     
  11. Rem.222

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    When I do on game I am disappointed for I prefer an inny and a outy except on fur bearers then frags is all there is left.
     
  12. gamestalker

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    Absolutely.
    I've been reloading for over 30 years and have therefore always had a great deal of interest in how my loads are performing on big game. Usually the bullet will pass through and through, so obviously there isn't anything to recover. But I once shot an elk with my .270 win. loads, a 130 gr. Speer Hot Core BT and the only shot I had was with his butt facing me. The bullet traveled the entire length of the back going through every vertebra and finnially came to rest at the base of the neck. When I recovered it, it was nicely mushroomed. I cleaned the bone off of it and was surprised to find all but a just a few grains of bullet was missing.
     
  13. LoonWulf

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    I like to dig mine out of critters if they are still in there. My girlfriend just likes to pick them up period, shes got a whole collection somewhere on her desk.
     
  14. DM~

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    When i was into bullet design and mfg., i recovered probably thousands of bullets from test media and animals, compareing designs.

    Since then i've learned, when if comes to shooting/killing animals, bullets kill the fastest when they expand FAST, but still "exit" the animal.

    With that in mind, i pick bullets that do just that, so "no", i no longer recover very many bullets from the animals i harvest...

    DM
     
  15. Ankeny

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    I find it hard to believe he shot a critter with a 25 cent piece and had no deformation.
     
  16. MCgunner

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    Always shoot through, even hogs. I figure if it stopped and didn't create an exit hole, it didn't work very well.

    I collect lead from the backstop at the range, keeps me in handgun bullets. :D
     
  17. Flintknapper

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    Ankeny wrote:

    You're rushing to conclusions Sir.

    I shot a hog with a Silver Dollar and that's all that was left to recover. ;)

    25% weight retention by my calculations.
     
  18. 35 Whelen

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    Absolutely:

    This 7mm 140 gr. Sierra SPT, MV 2950 (280 Rem.)...

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    hit this boar....

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    at 80 yds angled from behind the right shoulder, breaking a rib, angled through, broke two more ribs and stopped under the hide. Came out like this:

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    This .358" 250 gr. Speer SP, MV 2504 fps (35 Whelen)...

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    hit this bull elk...

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    at 44 yds. entering behind the right shoulder, broke two ribs passed through the lungs, broke the off shoulder and stopped under the skin. Looked like this:

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    The damage looked like this:
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    This .358" 225 gr. Barnes TSX, MV 2665 (35 Whelen)...
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    hit this bull at 150 yds. right smack in the ****, travelled all the way up into his right shoulder...

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    and came out like this:

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    Most bullets pass through, but I recover all I can.
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  19. MCgunner

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    Line from Young Guns 2....."best dollar 80 I ever spent!" :D
     
  20. Legionnaire
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    I have only ever recovered one bullet from a game animal. That was a .44 from a whitetail buck shot from a Super Redhawk at about 20 yards. Went through the shoulder on the near side (messed up a lot of meat), through both lungs, broke a rib on the far side, and was just under the skin on the off side. It's around here somehwere. Only one thus far, and I always check.
     
  21. AirForceShooter

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    I've got a 9MM FMJ that was recovered from my tender body.

    Does that count?

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  22. sage5907

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    Gunner, I don't usually look for bullets when I'm butchering game but I find them from time to time. I have another habit that's perhaps more important. I was reloading ammo in 1965 and I shot my first buck in 1965. I placed a pristine bullet of the caliber and manufacturer in a jar when I shot that first deer and every year since at the end of the hunting season I add bullets to the jar for the animals I took that year. This year there are 79 bullets in the jar representing 79 bucks. To me it's more important how fast the animal goes down rather than what the bullet looks like. BW
     
  23. Justin Holder

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    Every chance I get.

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    ""I find it hard to believe he shot a critter with a 25 cent piece and had no deformation. ""

    The Lone Ranger/Tonto started that silver bullet thing.
     
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