Well That Was Overkill - 6.5 PRC and Whitetail

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KineKilla

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Woah :oops: that’s a heck of an exit. I used the 7mm Rem Mag with a 162gr ELD-X on my first buck at 198yds. It sure didn’t look anything like that. Granted I didn’t hit the shoulder, it was a lung & heart shot but the bullet was found in the hide on the offside.
I would expect a 162gr from a 7mm @ 198yds to exit and barely slow down. Seems like these long range bullets (eld-x, lr-x, ablr) all grenade on impact if the speed is still considerable. That is what I would expect from a soft pointed projectile designed to open at lower velocities.

I will stick with my accubonds, partitions and barnes tsx and just keep my shots at reasonable distances.
 

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We’ve shot 4 whitetail deer with the 6.5 PRC so far. None of them had any more egregious entry or exit wounds than any of the cartridges we’ve used for decades on deer. For whitetail and the PRC, closest shot was 125 yards. Furthest shot was 350.

Basing your view of the cartridge on one bullet /example and one ill-placed shot doesn’t make sense to me at all.
 

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I don't care what bullet you shoot at 10 yards pushing 3000 fps, you're gonna have "exit hole issues". The energy is gonna blow anything in it's path out that exit hole. That bullet is actually a great whitetail bullet. I've killed a bunch of game with that bullet from deer at 100 yards to stone sheep at 450 yards to caribou at 605 yards all with similar results. small entry, quarter sized exit...

Also note, I'm a HUGE fan of the 127 gr. LRX out of a 6.5 PRC.
 

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The deer is dead, and the meat from hams, back straps, inner loins, one shoulder, ribs and neck are in the freezer. I wouldn’t worry about it too much. If i pull the trigger i want the deer to die super quickly. I have a buddy that will only take neck shots because he doesn’t want to “mess up the meat”. He also hypothesizes that a missed neck shot is a clean miss. To each his own, but the ethical approach to hunting is to make sure the shot is a quick kill first, than second to make sure as much of the animal can be processed for eating.

If you hunt long enough, you are going to have a shot that destroys some meat unintentionally. We do the best in the moment and situation, having trained, tested our equipment and prepared for that moment.
 

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I was planning on using the 143 ELD-X in my PRC for an elk this year. Pictures like this make me wonder if it's the best choice. Very tempted after seeing this, and many other threads, to switch to a partition...
MZ
 

amassi

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I was planning on using the 143 ELD-X in my PRC for an elk this year. Pictures like this make me wonder if it's the best choice. Very tempted after seeing this, and many other threads, to switch to a partition...
MZ
If your "too close" shoot them In the vitals
Dont wreck a shoulder with a cup n core

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mzurovec

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If your "too close" shoot them In the vitals
Dont wreck a shoulder with a cup n core

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Agreed, I just want to make sure in the instance of an errant shot that things go my way. Seeing things like this make it hard not to consider a bonded bullet.
 

Tbone58

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That’s impressive. Have you had a chance to shoot anything else with it? I’ve been seeing and hearing more about the caliber. Kinda debating on it for my son when he gets older.
 

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The caliber is less factor than shot placement.. hit major bone and you are usually guna have a blow out... Iv shot bobcats with a 270 and pin holed them,, literally couldn’t find the hole til you pick them up and blood comes out... then blown a hole the size of a fist in the same size cat with a 17hmr just cuz it hit bone,,,
 

WCB

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Pretty much any bullet exiting the shoulder would provide the same result.

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Yeah...how about no. I have shot a ton of deer through the shoulder and a ton of deer in general...I have never had an exit look like that ever. Everything from fawns, yearlings, to big bodied bucks. I've put 7mm rem 160gr of a few different bullet variations along with other calibers and grains dead center through shoulder breaking both sides under 100 yards and have never had anything like that.
 
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