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#186457 - 11/17/17 08:22 PM Re: Hornady 300 grain XTP Mag bullet concerns [Re: tradmark]
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It must be great when you can video most of your hunts
I know I`ed be my biggest fan....
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#186460 - 11/17/17 09:26 PM Re: Hornady 300 grain XTP Mag bullet concerns [Re: jamesfromjersey]
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We have it so much better now than when I first started hunting with a handgun.Better scopes bullets and guns. The internet and this site allow us to compare notes and discus guns, loads,scopes red dots,bullets in real time.Bullets and loads have gotten better because of this, both cast and jacketed.It has also killed the myth of the MAGIC BULLET or gun caliber that hits him anywhere and knocks him down DRT. The bullet has to be placed thru the vitals,and get to the vitals with enough force to disrupt them and make them leak. [shot placement is still everything] But as the size of the animals get bigger the bullet integrity takes on new meaning and [nearly but not quite ] matches placement in importance. Remember no magic bullets,and a close miss on the vitals is still a miss. That's where perseverance comes in ,once you start the fight,if he's still standing keep shooting.
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#186464 - 11/17/17 11:37 PM Re: Hornady 300 grain XTP Mag bullet concerns [Re: jamesfromjersey]
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I know I`ed be my biggest fan....


That makes two of us, ha
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#186467 - 11/18/17 12:29 AM Re: Hornady 300 grain XTP Mag bullet concerns [Re: jamesfromjersey]
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 Originally Posted By: jamesfromjersey
It must be great when you can video most of your hunts
I know I`ed be my biggest fan....
\:D



Haha. Im my biggest critic

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#186473 - 11/18/17 08:52 AM Re: Hornady 300 grain XTP Mag bullet concerns [Re: tradmark]
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 Originally Posted By: tradmark
 Originally Posted By: jamesfromjersey
It must be great when you can video most of your hunts
I know I`ed be my biggest fan....
\:D



Haha. Im my biggest critic


You and me both!
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#186914 - 11/28/17 10:25 AM Re: Hornady 300 grain XTP Mag bullet concerns [Re: Whitworth]
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I am jumping in a bit late to this party however I would like to add my experience with XTP performance on game. I have had 3 instances where an XTP failed to open on deer.
All shots were a 300gr XTP (44 mag) pushed at about 1250 fps.
Shots ranged from 2 yards to 50 yards.

The 50 yard shot went through the spine, just above the front shoulder. The bullet turned around and was found base forward just under the hide on the opposite side.


A followup coup de gras from 2 yards went through the heart and was also found backwards under the hide on the opposite side. The bullet looked similar to the first one but with more pronounced slumping.

On a side note, I guess I can join jamesfromjersey's backwards bullet club


I also had a 20 yard shot where the hit was right in the crease behind the front leg. The bullet penciled through, getting both lungs in the process, resulting in a ~200 yard tracking job. The lungs showed a nice clean caliber sized hole in and out. It didn't look like the bullet opened up at all.

Both animals were found and I made what I believe to be decent shots.
I think that I will go back to cast (WFN) style bullets or maybe give the Barnes XPBs a try.

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#186917 - 11/28/17 01:35 PM Re: Hornady 300 grain XTP Mag bullet concerns [Re: Handgun400]
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After much deliberation and many sleepless nights thinking about this I've come to this conclusion: the bullet simply bounced off of him.
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#186922 - 11/28/17 08:59 PM Re: Hornady 300 grain XTP Mag bullet concerns [Re: TM]
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 Originally Posted By: TM
After much deliberation and many sleepless nights thinking about this I've come to this conclusion: the bullet simply bounced off of him.
\:\)


After a decent, yet harmless hit in the ?nads. 😂😂😂😂
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#187212 - 12/08/17 01:42 PM Re: Hornady 300 grain XTP Mag bullet concerns [Re: Handgun400]
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I would go solids for big stuff but I would like to know if the Swift 280 or 300 might be a good alternative to the 300XTP ?
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#187213 - 12/08/17 02:20 PM Re: Hornady 300 grain XTP Mag bullet concerns [Re: nomosendero]
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The best alternative imho.

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