Originally Posted by TLuker
The problem was the ballistic tip and not the caliber. Everyone that uses a ballistic tip will lose some deer. I've tracked deer for hours that were shot exactly as you described but with a 7mm mag ballistic tip. They occasionally hit something hard like the shoulder and blow up before they penetrate deep enough to take out the organs no matter what caliber.
This one of the greatest fallacies of terminal ballistics!!!
Even the new generation of BT's, the SST is guilty of this. My nephew just shot an awesome buck (see it on my facebook page) and he hit the deer right where he should and it ran 150+ yards before it piled up. (7-08 139gr SST at 100 yds) The problem is the bullet fragmented and did not exit. Thus there was not sign of blood at the impact sight and NO BLOOD TRAIL what so ever until about 10 yards before it pile up and the blood started coming from it's mouth and nose. WE WERE VERY LUCKY in that the deer stayed on a 4wheeler path. Had it dove in to the 'bush' we would not have been able to recover it in a timely fashion. The vultures would eventfully, 24 to 48 hours later, lead us to it. THIS IS NOT EXCEPTABLE!!! It is back to the Fusion or GMX bullet for me.