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#186274 - 11/13/17 07:15 AM Re: Hornady 300 grain XTP Mag bullet concerns [Re: Zee]
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That is a very common expression in the bow hunting world.
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#186275 - 11/13/17 07:44 AM Re: Hornady 300 grain XTP Mag bullet concerns [Re: Zee]
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BLUE WIIDEBEEST ARE FAMOUS FOR THEIR BIG "NO MAN'S LAND".
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#186276 - 11/13/17 08:35 AM Re: Hornady 300 grain XTP Mag bullet concerns [Re: REDHAWK1954]
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"No Man's Land" pushed me to give up bow hunting and take up the short guns. I wanted the challenge of getting close to the animal, but not having them "jump the string", or seeing me draw the bow. As far as the "Texas Heart Shot", I live in the Lone Star State and have never taken one. I would only consider it with a hard cast or solid bullet, because you are trying to reach their heart through their rear end. I ain't cleaning it! Where I hunt, pigs/feral hogs are more like R.O.U.S.'s. There is no respect for them as a game animal like a whitetail. I like the XTP's, and have never had an issue with them, but I know their limitations and aim accordingly. Get back out there and try it again! Good luck!

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#186277 - 11/13/17 10:28 AM Re: Hornady 300 grain XTP Mag bullet concerns [Re: Mech 8]
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I always want to recover whatever I shoot. Having said that, our pigs are known to carry brucellosis, TB and a host of parasites which flourish in warner months. They are a target of opportunity that I shall not pass.

I probably got into my own head with this one. Having read on here about the XTP love/hate relationship compiled with a marginal shot. I'd sure like to find him and do an autopsy/recover the bullet and look at the path it took. Perhaps I'll find him soon and learn more.
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#186278 - 11/13/17 10:48 AM Re: Hornady 300 grain XTP Mag bullet concerns [Re: Handgun400]
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Good luck Handgun400 in finding that "dead hog." Let us know if you do.

I have only handgunned one big hog, but I tend to agree with 45man and Mech 8; basically that was not the right bullet for that shot. Plus as Zee said, "shot placement says it all." I believe these guys got it covered.

As others have said, learn and move on.

Thank you for sharing your experience with us.
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#186281 - 11/13/17 12:45 PM Re: Hornady 300 grain XTP Mag bullet concerns [Re: jamesfromjersey]
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 Originally Posted By: jamesfromjersey
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....



How about the xtp performance on your sika? Onviously dead but how would that translate into a bigger animal.

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#186282 - 11/13/17 12:54 PM Re: Hornady 300 grain XTP Mag bullet concerns [Re: tradmark]
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I am not anything close to perfect which is why i need as big of a margin for error as possible. I have had great luck with xtp?s and recovered some very very poorly performing bullets. Not much matters on deer. Hogs can be tough or can go down easy. When the game gets bigger i stay away from em but thats just me. I prefer a bonded bullet. If ya dont wanna spend the money on aframes or barnes the speer deep curl work great and many times are cheaper than xtp?s. They work really well. I had great luck with xtp?s in the past and then started having erratic results. Thats about the time i heard they were using softer copper or guilding metal for the jackets. Heard this again recently.

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#186283 - 11/13/17 01:24 PM Re: Hornady 300 grain XTP Mag bullet concerns [Re: tradmark]
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That is interesting info as far as the "softer copper."

For a "Texas Heart Shot" a bonded bullet would no doubt be better as
you need maximum penetration.
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#186284 - 11/13/17 01:50 PM Re: Hornady 300 grain XTP Mag bullet concerns [Re: Gregg Richter]
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Bonded bullets made all the difference this weekend.

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#186285 - 11/13/17 02:18 PM Re: Hornady 300 grain XTP Mag bullet concerns [Re: tradmark]
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And thats not a call out james. Im working and reread my post. My point is what happened to that bullet on the sika may have been what happened to the blackbuck and what happened to this guys hog. Quite frankly its happening to alot of people especially with the bigger calibers. Heart shots on hogs are iffy at best anyway but ive done em effectively with the right bullet. Im not pro or anti anything and based on how accurate they are id love hornady xtps to be the most awesome bullet in existence based on price. For deer theyll kill everything 99% of the time if u do your part. I just post what happened when i or anyone post bullet recoveries.


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