I have started using nosler 70g ballistic tips in .243, prior to this I have used 100g spbt. The reason I changed was that I shoot quite a bit of fox and wanted a round that would handle fox and roe muntjac. Several people I know use this round and it seemed like a good compromise.
On saturday I went out for a morning stalk, called in a couple of bucks. The first buck didnt offer a safe shot but the second stood perfect broadside at about 70meters. I took the dsc recomended 1/2 way up the body bisecting the front leg. On the shot the sound was that of a good shot but the buck took of like a scolded cat ( no hunching or buckaroo just ran off).
After giving it a couple of minutes I followed him up, there was a good blood trail initially that gradually petered out as it crossed my boundary.
After a bit of a faff and several hours I managed to get permission to follow up the buck and had also enlisted the help of a friend with a dog. searched for 2 hours and nothing.
Feeling well pissed off and doubting the shot etc decided to go back with the lamp. after went round and saw nothing so went to some other bits and shot a couple of charlies. Dropped by on the way home more in hope than expectation and there he was stood in a stubble field. After doing the necessary he was found to have a surface wound infront of the front leg and also over his sternum. When skinned it appears that the bullet entered where aimed and hardly penetrated but turned 90degrees and came out the sternum. The shoulder and upper leg was smashed. This deer stillmanaged to jump at least 3 fences.
Firstly just glad to find the deer as the wounds already had fly blow and i am certain were mortal. Secondly I am goung to keep the ballistic tips for the fox and use rthe spbt for the deer. Prior to this I have shot several roe and muntjac with the B tips so may be a one off but i dont want to go through that again if I can help it.