took a good friend out stalking fallow earlier in the week. he is a long term shooter but has put his guns in storage due to very very slow renewal process.
Group of fallow came from the woods at first light and caught sight of us, they ran straight past and then stopped as they jumped the flooded reine. a pricked was selected as a cull animal. slightly quartered off. the shot went between two ribs but slight clipping on way past. the heart was soup and an exit hole was forward of front leg. the buck was shot at 70 yrds and dropped another 70 yards away.
gralloch was as expected with nothing strange to see. bleed out nicely and pluck was good to kept from pate.
My good friend was i need of a joint for another friend for christmas dinner so i only hung in chiller for two days. the skinning was a real eye opener and very confusing to say the least.
from half way down the back right to the ankles of front legs it the one big blood clot with lots of air bubbles in the blood.
back of near leg was clipped, in hole was 30mm round with one of the ribs having a tiny nick in it. there was 3 exit holes in a line about 6" apart and another small hole out the top of chest. It was a right mess. yet only the heart had damage. all other internals where fine and intact.
rifle is a t3 in 6.5x55 flavor
powder is star load ofr R22
bullet is Speer hotcore 140grain (1441)
not shot much with this rifle/bullet combo, in fact i have only shot 2 fallow, roe and 2 muntjac, oh and a fox. all have been clean shot apart from the last.
im thinking that the bullet as clipped the muscle on back of leg and then tumbled, clipped the rib and the exploded causing a mass of damage.
it would be good to have you seasoned shooters thoughts on this as im beating myself up a little over this and not wanting to go out with the rifle bullet combo till i can settle my mind.
thanks gents for any help or guidance you can offer.
ll the best