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Federal Fusion......Poor Performance

Last Monday I shot my buck and while processing Tuesday I found my bullet lodged in the off shoulder. Shot background: The buck was quartering away and the bullet entered back (just in front of the left hip) and traveled through the paunch, liver, diaphram, one lung and a rib before lodging in the right front shoulder. The bullet never mushroomed like you would expect. I want to know what you guys think about this performance and the possible reasons for the lack of expansion. The gun is a .243 Thompson Center Encore pro hunter pistol. I'm seriously considering other types of ammo possibly with a soft tip.

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Re: Federal Fusion......Poor Performance

Try winchester silvertips

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it didn't hit much to deform it till it hit the rib

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I'd be sending this photo to Federal and ask them since they say they are so good.You may want to use a soft point round.

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I like the fusions because they don't expand and they cause very little meat damage. I use them in .270 for does. Now, for bear and buck I use 150 gr Federal Premium Nosler Partitions.
They are what they are. If you want expansion, use someting else.

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you would think it would expand more. i was thinking lower then normal velocity from the encore pistol. let us know what they say.

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Re: Federal Fusion......Poor Performance

Probably didn't develop enough velocity. Not familiar with the gun or ammo but the ammo is probably designed for a rifle length barrel. What is the barrel length of the pistol? Ever chrony it? Velocity is the primary factor in expansion.

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I had the reverse shot with my 243 this year, 282 yards using the Nosler Combined Technology Ballistic Silvertip 95gr. Hit base of neck inside of right front shoulder (no bone), down through the lower chest cavity emusifying the lower half of the lungs, cup and core separated creating 2 holes in the diaphragm, both passed just under the liver, lead stopped in the spleen, the copper jacket in the stomach.




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Nothing to cause it to mushroom till it got to the shoulder....Soft stuff like what it went thru doesn't cause mushrooming....??????

Congrats to ya on the pistol harvest.....
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Part of the problem with the non-expansion could be that the velocity is down because you are shooting it from a pistol. Bullets are made to peform in a given velocity range. So if you are on the lower end of the velocity range the bullet might not expand reliably. I also would not make judgement because of one shot. That same bullet hitting a heavier part of the deer might have given perfect expansion. Sounds like the bullet did its job, it killed the deer. Did the deer go far? Did it need another shot? How far was it when you shot it.

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