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    I've been having a problem with deer being able to walk again after going down for a second. I hit my buck this year and his back legs gave out and he went down immediately. Then for whatever reason he learned to walk again and started limping down to the bottom of a draw. He got out of my sight and them popped up around a corner walking to me probably about 75 yards away when I put another one in it with a very hard quartering to angle if it wasn't straight on. This shot blew out the big hole in the stomach muscles but it didn't blow a full hole out of the skin. So it seemed to not do enough to the deer to kill it very quick but it also did a lot of damage. I might just try the Hornady 100 grns again if I can't find a box or a load for the E-tips and see if they do better this time.

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    Check this site every couple of days. You can get some screaming deals on 2nds and over-runs.

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    I'm in the Nosler Partition camp, 100gr. My son took his first moose with a .243 at about 125 yards with one shot. It ran about 50 yards and died. He took a caribou with the 85gr. Barnes TSX and it killed the bull but required a follow-up shot and didn't perform as well as I expected. Lots of people seem to love them though.
    I've never had a Partition fail to work as expected. I used a 180gr to make a 1 shot kill on a Grizzly. The bear dropped in his tracks.

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    Hornady SP and BTSPs are all I reload with for my .243, 25-06, and 30-06s and they have never let me down on antelope, deer, and elk.

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    I agree with others that the 100 grain Partitions are a very good bullet in the .243. I used these bullets in handloads for several years for whitetail hunting. Some resulted in deer dropping instantly, some not. Depends on shot placement. With the .243 being on the light side for caliber, I always wanted a well constructed bullet that would retain a high % of weight for maximum penetration. You get that with Partitions.

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    Sounds like a box of partitions and E-tips need to be tested. Thanks for the info guys.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Varhunter View Post
    I've been having a problem with deer being able to walk again after going down for a second. I hit my buck this year and his back legs gave out and he went down immediately. Then for whatever reason he learned to walk again and started limping down to the bottom of a draw. He got out of my sight and them popped up around a corner walking to me probably about 75 yards away when I put another one in it with a very hard quartering to angle if it wasn't straight on. This shot blew out the big hole in the stomach muscles but it didn't blow a full hole out of the skin. So it seemed to not do enough to the deer to kill it very quick but it also did a lot of damage. I might just try the Hornady 100 grns again if I can't find a box or a load for the E-tips and see if they do better this time.
    Where exactly did you hit him the first time? Did the first bullet go all the way through? If the second bullet didnt exit the deer were you able to recover the bullet? If the bullet did alot of damage but didnt kill the deer very quickly I would guess it did not hit in a very good place. When I was younger I hit alot of deer in alot of poor places. Some went down and never moved, some I had to track a ways, some took more then 1 shot, and most of them had quite a bit of meat damage. As I have gotten a little older and calmed down a bit I have killed most deer with 1 shot and they havent gone very far or had alot of meat damaged. Provided the bullet retains its weight fairly well a deer hit well in the vitals (heart, lungs, liver) isnt going to live very long.

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    I've never recovered a bullet from a deer but I'd really like to. My handloads are pumping usually around 3,000 fps so I seem to have more pass throughs than not. All the deer I can remember field dressing have had heart or lung damage. I don't remember ever shooting a deer very far behind the shoulder to the point it misses any vitals. But that doesn't mean I didn't slip a bullet through one of the little area's of dead space between the vitals. I think I'm going to have to really keep records on this stuff. I really should keep a couple journals like they say you should when I hunt so I can write this stuff down shortly after it happens.

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    If the bullet went through I would think it held together pretty well. If it only hit 1 lung the deer could live a while on the other lung. That usually comes from shots that are quartering pretty hard. I seem to hit alot of animals in the liver, not that Im trying to, but they never go very far!

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    Yeah I've never really thought it was a problem with bullets fragmenting or anything crazy but they just don't seem to work for me. I hear plenty of stories about them dropping anything in it's tracks, but for me, doesn't happen. I'm leaning towards shot placement is my problem more than anything, but with the 85 gr tsx I do feel that is too light for mule deer or elk. If they still made the 90 gr x in a tsx I'd definitely give that a try. I'll probably pick up a box of partitions and a box of E-tips and try those out. I really need to look into why each deer I get in the future reacts the way it does after the shot. I need to figure out just what I hit and how and use that to better judge a bullet for me to finally feel satisfied with a bullets performance. I'm a very particular guy when it comes to my accuracy and the performance of certain equipment I use.

 

 

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