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why do you not always get a full pass through on a deer with a rifle, but with a bow you usually atleast get the arrow sticking

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  • why do you not always get a full pass through on a deer with a rifle, but with a bow you usually atleast get the arrow sticking

    why do you not always get a full pass through on a deer with a rifle, but with a bow you usually atleast get the arrow sticking through both sides, and a lot of the times you get a clean pass through all the way. does it have to do with the mushrooming and ballistics of the bullet?

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    i forgot. the reason why i'm wondering this is because a bullet flies MUCH faster than an arrow.

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    • #3
      I'm no scientest but I'd say the "distance" plays a major factor in this among other factors.

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      • #4
        The biggest reason has to do with energy. FPS and foot pounds and all that stuff depend on two things: velocity and projectile weight. Arrows are much heavier than bullets, therefore they have more energy and can penetrate better at lower velocities.

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          it is because bullets are made to expand with soft meatals (lead copper ) and release their energy in the target ,and kill through tissue disruption and hydrostatic shock. and an arrow with a broad head is made to kill through hemorrging , cuting vital organs and artories to bleed an animal out. an arrow does not expand or " mushroom " in its target so it releases less of its enrgy in the target alowing it to have as a rule more penertration than a bullet

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          • #6
            The bullet gets alot more energy because it has the gun powder to send the bullet alot faster with more energy. you also have to remember that the arrow is light and flimsy while a bullet is a big chunk of flying lead.

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            • #7
              Back at conservation camp (a thing of the past), they would do a demonstration. They would ask all the kids which would go all the way through a bucket of sand, a bullet from a rifle or an arrow from a longbow. The kids always guess rifle, but it doesn't, and the arrow always does.

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              • #8
                An arrow will never have as much energy as a any hunting bullet. A 400 grain arrow shot at 225 FPS has about 45 foot pounds of energy. A .22lr has that much or more depending on the bullet. It has more to do with the design of the projectile. A FMJ would pass clean through better than a HP or ballistic tip or soft point. Another thing to consider is that at further distances, when they are moving slower, bullets tend to lose their ability to expand and might pass through more often than at closer ranges when they have the velocity they are designed to expand at. Of course very close shots might get you some expansion and a pass through because it is moving faster than it was designed to expand at.

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                • #9
                  Bullet has more energy than the arrow!

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                  • #10
                    Bullet has more energy than the arrow!

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                    • #11
                      Bullet has more energy than the arrow!

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