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I couldn't make it out last Saturday for the opener so I took off work on Monday. Met a buddy at his house around 5:30 and drove to the spot. We went into this small woodlot to catch them coming in from the field.
I was set up at 6:00 and had to wait for an hour in the dark for shooting hours to start. I could hear deer moving thru the woods in the dark and saw 3 tails about 6:45 when it was just getting light.
Just as shooting hours started I see a deer walking thru about 50 yards away, I put the scope on it, it's a 4 point. just then another deer runs past that one in the other direction and that buck follows it. 5 minutes later they both come back but are about 80 or 90 yards away and walking pretty fast so I can't get a shot at the doe.
I turn to look in another direction and see a doe looking at me about 70 yards away. Problem is, she's facing directly at me. that's a shot I won't take, too much of a chance of wounding the deer or having to track it a long way. She moves away where I can't see her and then comes back 10 minutes later in the same spot, facing right at me. I have the scope on her for 3 minutes when she finally turns. I squeeze the trigger of my TC Omega and lose her in the smoke. I hear a crash to the left of where I shot but I don't know if that is my deer or if I spooked another one when I shot.
I sat there for a few minutes to let things settle down. I walk over to where the doe was when I shot, the ground is a little torn up but no hair or blood. I decide to walk over to where I heard the crash. About 80 yards from where I shot, there it was, dead. I check the bullet placement and it was right where I was aiming.
The thing that disturbed me was that the exit wound was the same size as the entry wound. I am using 245 grain power belts with the plastic tips. They shoot very well at the range.
I am thinking of changing to some kind of hollow point like TC shockwave sabots. Anyone have any good suggestions on what has worked for them?

Maybe I am just being picky since the deer didn't go very far, but this has happened before. Several years ago I shot a doe and lost it in the smoke. I found it about 100 yards away with no blood trail and the same small exit wound.

Oh yeah, I am using two 50 grain triple 7 pellets.
 

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i used to shoot the shockwave back when i did black powder(shoulder surgery), i never had a deer take a single step from that bullet. i think they were 260 grain backed by 100grains of pyrodex.
 

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just pull the aerotip out of the bullet. If you push them to fast though, the bullets will come apart. Im working on an insert for the powerbelt that allows it to be pushed fast without over expanding/ fragmenting. Its worked well so far but am waiting on my testers to try them out this winter and report back.
 

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Powerbelt hollow points!!! Great blood trail--just dont use 150 gr of 777----dont ask why I did...LOL
 

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Great job congrats. I use the Barnes TMZ bullet and they work great, I am shooting 4 50 grain pellets out of my Ultimate Muzzleloader so they expand real well in that.
 
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