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#186248 - 11/12/17 05:26 PM Hornady 300 grain XTP Mag bullet concerns
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I just made a Texas heart shot on a 150-175# boar at about 60 yards. He bucked and spun like a rodeo bull then shot away, through much other hog sign, leaving no blood trail.

Maybe I?m guilty of having higher expectations than reasonable but a short trail, if any, was expected. This was from a SRH 454 with 30.5grs of W296.

Thoughts?
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#186249 - 11/12/17 05:34 PM Re: Hornady 300 grain XTP Mag bullet concerns [Re: Handgun400]
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My first thought is that shot placement says it all.
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#186250 - 11/12/17 05:36 PM Re: Hornady 300 grain XTP Mag bullet concerns [Re: Zee]
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But the anti-Hornady crowd will be along shortly to blame the bullet.

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#186251 - 11/12/17 05:39 PM Re: Hornady 300 grain XTP Mag bullet concerns [Re: Zee]
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In truth, we will never know. Without a dead body or a firewd bullet we will never know which aspect caused the failure. The bullet for the shooter.

That is not a slight towards either one. Just a fact, that without tangible evidence we will never know. All else is speculation.
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#186252 - 11/12/17 05:42 PM Re: Hornady 300 grain XTP Mag bullet concerns [Re: Zee]
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Completely agree Zee. Could have been on my part, I?m far from perfect. But it felt good. I️ ask because there is tons more experience on here than I️ have.
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#186255 - 11/12/17 07:04 PM Re: Hornady 300 grain XTP Mag bullet concerns [Re: Handgun400]
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For that size boar and everything else taken into account, I would have expected you to have found your boar a short distance away.. Two months ago I hit a blackbuck at the same distance with a 400gr XTP from my FA`s 475 LB. The buck jumped skyhigh and ran. The guide and I thought we would find him about 20yds away from the hit but nothing....No blood ...Nothing.. They found him dead so many days later about 400yds from the hit...He was to chewed up to tell a story, but I know it was a bad shot on my part...Nothing to do with the XTP.... All about where I placed the bullet....
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#186256 - 11/12/17 07:10 PM Re: Hornady 300 grain XTP Mag bullet concerns [Re: Zee]
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 Originally Posted By: Zee


without tangible evidence we will never know. All else is speculation.


Yes....
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#186257 - 11/12/17 07:13 PM Re: Hornady 300 grain XTP Mag bullet concerns [Re: jamesfromjersey]
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Guess I'm anti Hornady, but not all their bullets. I've had terrible luck with XTPs in most calibers-poor penetration, poor wound channels- all in animals I eventually recovered, plus recovered the poorly penetrated bullets from good hits.
I think James and I are of the pro AFrame crowd- good penetration, lots of damage, and minimal tracking. Handgun Xs are about as good.

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#186259 - 11/12/17 07:37 PM Re: Hornady 300 grain XTP Mag bullet concerns [Re: wvhitman]
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Don't know that I'm anti hornady, they are great a making things explode violently. I love the V-max bullet and so do several of my firearms, but imho their brass and other products are up for discussion. Placement is always key, but I get few enough chances to draw a bead on a game animal that I opt for a premium bullet so at least that part of the equation isn't in question.

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#186260 - 11/12/17 08:09 PM Re: Hornady 300 grain XTP Mag bullet concerns [Re: karl]
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HANDGUN400: I AM 99% SURE YOU KILLED THAT PIG. I HAVE ALWAYS DONE WELL WITH 45 CAL 300 gr XTP's ON DEER AND IMPALA, BUT THEY ARE NOT DESIGNED FOR TEXAS HEART SHOTS. WITH A FLAT POINT FMJ YOU MIGHT HAVE BEEN PROCESSING THAT PIG NOW INSTEAD OF WONDERING.
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