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    6.5 X 55 Hornday interlock 129 grain

    Hit a large buck in the shoulder with it last night.

    He was 48lb larder weight.

    Entry wound hit his shoulder and literally exploded, four distinct paths through him, one of which took the top of his heart and had 12 exit wounds in itself.

    Is this normal? Hell of a lot of meat waste compared to the 95 grain Federal vital shock in my .243.

    On the plus side I have now blooded my 6.5, used my Monarch Roe sack for the first time (damn good bit of kit) and saw my first ked - this was maybe not a positive as I itched for hours afterwards at the thought.

    As an aside, although he was a big lad, his antlers were just over an inch of stub each, he had a huge amount of fat in him - the most I have ever seen, but for three or four minutes I thought he was a doe and watched for an accompanying buck. Big lad, small balls.

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    I have only shot one roe buck with those and do not recall the damage as being significant, I have also used them on Sika stags in the rut with great success.

    John
    A clever man knows his strengths, a wise man knows his weaknesses

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    I too have only shot one buck with them (in .243) cant say the damage was anything to get exited about, similar to 95 gn sst I thought.

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    From a large whitetail doe. Retained weight when cleaned up was 118 grains. ~Muir

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    To the OP: this sounds more like secondary fragmentation. The bullet hit bone, and the bone shattered, creating your 12 exit wounds (along with the bullet of course).

    I have never seen the results you described caused by ammo, save some special Law Enforcement I mistakenly thought would be good for deer hunting one year. It had similar results, in that it had one hole in and 7-8 holes coming out...but without hitting bone. Stuff was mean for two legged varmints apparently, as I spent my time cleaning the 150lb deer trying not to gag as his guts came out in bits (despite being lung shot).

    Interlocks do not act this way, so I would suspect you hit a scapula or rib that blew fragments out the other side...
    Last edited by MarinePMI; 12-10-2012 at 13:07.

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    Great round and john the damage to that buck was good it substancial enough to kill it on the spot and was taken by the game dealer with no fuss at all.
    Will you be trying your 7X57 next time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 6pointer View Post
    Great round and john the damage to that buck was good it substancial enough to kill it on the spot and was taken by the game dealer with no fuss at all.
    Will you be trying your 7X57 next time.
    That's not the buck I mean, the one you are talking about was taken with 175 grain federal in 7X57 ,

    John
    A clever man knows his strengths, a wise man knows his weaknesses

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    I recently shot a big Red with 129gr Interlocks from a 6.5x55 - smashed a rib on the way in and tore through the lungs - taking a rib out on the way out - walked 5 paces and went down stone dead. Even after hitting the rib on the way in, it did not do anywhere like the damage you describe - very happy with the rounds. (Pushed by 45gr of IMR 4831)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dougster View Post
    Hit a large buck in the shoulder with it last night.

    He was 48lb larder weight.

    Entry wound hit his shoulder and literally exploded, four distinct paths through him, one of which took the top of his heart and had 12 exit wounds in itself.

    Is this normal? Hell of a lot of meat waste compared to the 95 grain Federal vital shock in my .243.

    You hit the bone? If so, the fragments of bone become secondary projectiles and the kind of damage your describe is normal. It doesn't much matter which bullet you use, that's the effect you get.

    -JMS

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