Had a bit of a horror story last night.
Went out to look for a Fallow, no real plan other than to find something shootable. I was moving down the back of a hedge heading for one of my favourite spots when I spotted a little pricket heading towards me on the other side of the hedge. He seemed to be limping on the front left leg.
I moved out up hill a little to my right to give me a angle for a shot over the hedge when he came into the open. He duly walked out about 35m in front of me, and I shot him just behind the left shoulder about half way up the body, pretty much broad side. He took off across the field and I reloaded, I was not unduly concerned as I knew the shot was good and he did not look very healthy. He staggered and fell over at about 100 yards. As I was watching through the scope, the brute got back up again and was heading for the wood. I gave him another one in the neck (he had his back to me) and that finished the job.
Major malfunction was discovered on gralloch.
My shot hit as described above. On inspection, the bullet had hit a rib. The left lung was badly damaged, but it looked as if the copper cup of the bullet only had hit the lung, diameter of the hole was about 2cm. The lung was not fully penetrated and the right lung had no major damage, but there were a large number of small holes.
My assumption/observation is that the bullet disintegrated on the rib on entry, the lead core fragmented and caused a large number of small pin ***** holes. The copper jacket had badly damaged the left lung but failed to get as far as the right lung.
I have heard of "bullet failure", this is the first time I have seen it.
Bullet was a 120gr Sierra prohunter from my 260rem, muzzle velocity is c.2900fps, so impact velocity would have been very little less than that given the short range.
Time for a different bullet me thinks. Any 129gr Hornady Interlocks floating around NI?