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Old 11-09-2013, 12:13 PM   #41
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Thanks DwMiller. I wouldn't mind trying some speer gold dot myself. Is this a hollow point round? The Hornady XTP isn't your generic hp, but still I've read some reviews that indicate a hp can give dramatic shallow wound without sufficiently impacting the vitals. Perhaps this is a moot point if I start aiming for the head? :-p
Yes this is the large hollow point. It penetrates quite well. I've been shooting the golddots for 7-8 years now. Shot hardcast keith type bullets before that. Used to use the the 240 grain HP. Bought a box of 200 grain when LGS was sold out. Noticeably reduced recoil. ~300 fps faster according to chrono. Penetration, 19" in wet paper phone books. Went to the 210 Deepcurl when it came out, great bullet, all you need for deer!

Shot a 350lbs hog quartering away, broke rear hip, spine and front shoulder before exiting. Shallow wound!?! :eek Mushroomed well and kept on going! Very flat ballistics to 100 yards, 2.25" drop.
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Thanks DwMiller. I wouldn't mind trying some speer gold dot myself. Is this a hollow point round? The Hornady XTP isn't your generic hp, but still I've read some reviews that indicate a hp can give dramatic shallow wound without sufficiently impacting the vitals. Perhaps this is a moot point if I start aiming for the head? :-p
Yes, gold dots are hollowpoints. And I'm not surprised someone told you about the "shallow wound cavities" etc. A lot of old school gun nuts think all hollowpoints are equal. There are HPs out there that produce dramatic shallow wounds with low penetration. They're pretty popular with varmint hunters. But hollowpoint rounds like Hornady XTP, Barnes TSX, Federal Fusion, or Sierra Game King all give great penetration when pushed at the right speed.
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Yes this is the large hollow point. It penetrates quite well. I've been shooting the golddots for 7-8 years now. Shot hardcast keith type bullets before that. Used to use the the 240 grain HP. Bought a box of 200 grain when LGS was sold out. Noticeably reduced recoil. ~300 fps faster according to chrono. Penetration, 19" in wet paper phone books. Went to the 210 Deepcurl when it came out, great bullet, all you need for deer!

Shot a 350lbs hog quartering away, broke rear hip, spine and front shoulder before exiting. Shallow wound!?! :eek Mushroomed well and kept on going! Very flat ballistics to 100 yards, 2.25" drop.
Thanks for the additional info. I'm glad to know I shouldn't have any problem with penetration. A quartering pass through on a 350lb hog is very impressive.
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Yes, gold dots are hollowpoints. And I'm not surprised someone told you about the "shallow wound cavities" etc. A lot of old school gun nuts think all hollowpoints are equal. There are HPs out there that produce dramatic shallow wounds with low penetration. They're pretty popular with varmint hunters. But hollowpoint rounds like Hornady XTP, Barnes TSX, Federal Fusion, or Sierra Game King all give great penetration when pushed at the right speed.
Thanks for referencing some additional bullet options. I'd like to test a few and see which give me good groups from my gun. I tested the Hornady XTP this weekend and groups were decent but oddly a different center (a couple inches low and to the left) from how the gun is sighted for factory ammo. I decided not to change the sight just yet. I'll see if I can work up a few more loads to test first.
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Thanks for referencing some additional bullet options. I'd like to test a few and see which give me good groups from my gun. I tested the Hornady XTP this weekend and groups were decent but oddly a different center (a couple inches low and to the left) from how the gun is sighted for factory ammo. I decided not to change the sight just yet. I'll see if I can work up a few more loads to test first.
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Yep, testing is at least half the fun!

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Deer are fairly small animals. a 180 grain hollow point, driven fast will do the job well.

If you take reasonable shots at reasonable distances, you don't need very much penetrating power to go completely through them.

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