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i shot a deer at 50 yards with my 243 and hit it right in the ribs. their was no exit hole and no blood. should i buy better amm

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  • #16
    i am sorry i didn't make clear that i did recover the deer and it didn't suffer at all, it just ran a little and i shot it again

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    • #17
      As long as you recovered the deer there shouldnt be an issue. If you are looking for exit wound bullets go for a bonded or solid core. Hollow points expand real fast and at that range may just explode inside

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      • #18
        i agree w. jestr1 if you want an exit wound get a bigger bullet or a stronger inside for the bullet

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        • #19
          I hunt deer almost exclusively with a .243. the gun is not the issue. Keep in mind that no matter what ammo you use it is possible for any number of reasons for the bullet to not exist. I mostly reload but when I do use factory ammo I buy 100 grain Remington Core-Lokts. These bullets have killed deer fo me from as close as 15 yards and out to 200 yards.

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          • #20
            elkslayer is right, hard to beat those Remingtons!

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            • #21
              I'd be willing to bet that the Remington Core-Lokt has taken more deer than any other bullet out there.

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              • #22
                I assume you got the deer as you said there was no exit (?) A few years back I got a big fat 12pt- 30 yards away, using .30-06 180gr. NO EXIT WOUND! (I'm not kidding) -my point being- what size was the deer? Angled away from you? Did you find the round inside the deer? If so, was it in pieces, or did it retain weight? (assuming you got the deer) ....need more info to advise.....

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                • #23
                  Well, since you got the deer why are you complaining? Obvously you killed it, I shoot Remington 150 gr 30/06 usually get a bang flop and rarely have an exit.

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                  • #24
                    Almost forgot - I had a .270 Win Failsafe not exit a good sized buck from about 50 yards. Can see some surprising results at times.

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                    • #25
                      MLH
                      Glad that you posted. I have never personally seen what you just described and it's good to hear different positions from a source you trust. Was your shot at a severe raking angle?

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                      • #26
                        If a bullet does not exit the animal, that means it delivered all of its kinetic energy inside the animal. It's actually a result I desire in my ammo...it typically happens with high lead content bullets and hollow points. These types of bullets are designed to mushroom very quickly and deliver their kenetic energy inside the animal, thus completely destroying any organs they come into contact with. Others may have a different opinion and preferences in their ammo, but it doesn't sound like there's anything wrong with the stuff you're using. It should work fine on deer. Shot placement is always key, no matter what ammo you use, so as long as it's grouping well and you are confident the bullet will hit where you want it to, you're fine.

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                        • #27
                          try better bullets and see how they work for you

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                          • #28
                            libertyfirst - downward shot through the spine and into the shoulder. Everything inside was mush so wonder if it tumbled inside.

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                            • #29
                              Did you recover the bullet itself? Probably need a different bullet. Not many bullets are meant to open up and mushroom effectively at 3000+fps which your bullet was going at 50 yards.

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                              • #30
                                WOW all kinds of points of view cool.. I have heard of deer just standing there after a 270 ripped through them and they were not dead.. They bullet was actually going to fast ??? Yes sir hot lead can seal wounds from the friction of the speeding slug to just being hot from being fired....Try it with a close range round ball from a 50 caliber muzzleloader and a bad shot.. The round ball is infamous round here for causing long tracking from the "sealing up of the wound"

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