Until recently all my deer have been heart/lung shot with 120g BTs in 6.5x55; apart from one Muntjac I have had no significant meat damage in the thirty odd animals shot (nearly all roe).
While the scope on the Tikka is being retrofitted with a ballistic turret Iíve started using a Sako in .308 that was acquired for the larger species/pigs. I tried feeding it six types of factory ammunition and eventually chose Winchester 168g BSTs which grouped at under ĺ inch at 105m. It may be fussy because the barrel has been shortened to 19 inches but it makes for a very handy rifle even with a Quicksilver titanium mod attached. Muzzle velocity has been reduced to around 2600 fps.
The meat damage, on two roe shot at 60 yards, has been horrendous compared to my limited experience. The exit holes have both been fist sized with ribs and shoulders smashed to bits.
I know itís a small sample group but I hate wasting venison and am not confident head/neck shooting. Have I just been unlucky, should I persist? Would the round be suitable for itís intended quarry of fallow and pigs or could I expect similar damage and do I need to look for alternative ammunition? Does anyone here use the round, if so, what has your experience been?
I remember reading somewhere that Mike Yardley shoots everything with .308 180g and reckons he suffers little meat damage. Anyway I have now learnt that accuracy is not necessarily the most important factor
Many thanks in advance.