A good friend of mine only manages to get out stalking on the odd occasion due to a demanding job and an even more demanding wife but when he does and he gets a result he often brings the deer to me so i can skin and joint it for him.
He would do it himself but his other half wont allow him to bring the deer home so i help him out for the odd case of beer which suits me just fine .
Anyway he called in a couple of weeks ago and left the deer in the chiller as i was out stalking myself and sent me a text to say he had called in.
When i started to skin the beast i saw the worst meat damage i had ever seen in my life and the carcass was a total mess
The shot was taken from 168 yards with a 243 using a soft point 100 grain power shock federal premium [factory load]
A high shoulder shot was taken on a slightly quartering deer with the bullet hitting its mark then deflecting down the body just under the spine then crossing half way along the back then exiting the haunch on the opposite side to the shoulder.
I should add that he had also shot a deer a couple of months previous to this one again another shoulder shot and the bullet totally took out the far side shoulder .
I have used a 243 plenty of times on roe and still do on the odd occasion favouring bullets in the 85 grain range and have never had a problem but i havent used anything as heavy as 100grain.
He asked me whether it might be a faulty batch of bullets poor shot placement or just bad luck.
Any thoughts he would greatly appreciate as this incident has lost him his confidence in his rifle the calibre and in himself.
RICK O SHEA