Re: sierra gameking vs hornady interlock
But you need to ask yourself if it matters on whitetail.
Yeah good question. I didn't think about bullet integrity until I started to research this "failure" thing. And if we didn't look for the bullet while butchering the deer, and weren't curious about what the bullet looked like AFTER the deer was dead, then we wouldn't be having this conversation.
I had deer drop on the spot with Sierra GK, I had one who turned and ran over a knoll with a Speer HC to find it dead about 15 or 20 yards away, the eight point I mentioned in another thread kept running like I didn't shoot it, with a Remington CL, the deer finally, after 25 yards, layed down like a dog with it's head up and I had to finish it off by sending a round through it's neck coz it was facing away from me. My nephew shot a deer with those CL's and as we were cutting up the deer he found a perfect mushroom.
We all know that no matter what bullet we use on thin skinned game, you got dead deer. So it doesn't sound like a real concern, unless larger medium game or big game will be die eventually with these "failures", but finding them is the problem. Waiting to the next day to track the blood trail, hoping a critter doesn't get to it before you do.
Guess some folks wonder, "well if it doesn't hold up on whitetail, how can it work on larger game?" SO we look for the ultimate bullet, right? So that's where shot placement comes in play. But that shot doesn't always present itself. But most of the time it does. My father in law positioned his deer box facing the ridge with saddles running along the top of the ridge. Here come daisy doe or buferd the buck, moseying along, checking out the browse, while I sip on my coffee and munch on my MRE's. And I sit and wait till the stop walking. Nine times out of ten they present me with a shot.If they don't I ask them to, and they do. They move around trying to figure out where the noise is comeing from. AND WHILE THEY DO, you better have the cross hairs on them, coz eventually they will disappear, especially where I hunt, the area is kind of mixed with dense cover and then it breaks out in the open again. So to end this madness of explaination, plug this critter behind the shoulder mid-way up it with the horizontal hair and SQEEEEEEEZE the trigger, and even though that cup and core, lubricated, swaged lead core will may or may not come loose, WILL pass through and along the way, cause havack to vital organs, and cause shock and trama, eventually kill you quarry. While this is all happening, it seems the deer vanished into thin air, or it fell through a trap door. Where was I? Oh yeah, white tail really aren't difficult to take. After butchering one up, it seems that theres really nothing to them to damage. These bullets get "enough" done BEFORE that fail. Yeah, so what? That's what I'm saying.
do the homework before the hunt