Posted By Orion/CO on 15 Oct 2012 09:22 PM
I ended up shooting it 2 times, once at 105 yards which knocked it down (I hit a rib high under the spine which paralyzed it), and a follow-up shot at about 20 feet square into the chest. I recovered both slugs, but I don't know which one is which. One retained 97% and the other about 80%. I was actually amazed that the second shot was not a pass through, which is what I was really wanting with that heavy of a slug.
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Well a Moose is a thick skinned and massive animal. I would guess the body cavity was still full of fluids and it is amazing how quickly fluids will slow down bullets. Even large conical bullets. And the weight retention is good news also. Shows that even though the projectile was pure lead, it did its job just fine. I have shot the same bullet with 100 grains of Triple Seven in my White Rifles and they are amazing. But for the deer I hunt, 65 grains is a great plenty. Congratulations again on those animals. Great job.
Is that an original Hawkens barrel? I heard a rumor that Thompson Center is not making Hawken rifles anymore.