I killed a doe last year with my 308 using a Speer Spitzer Boat Tail traveling at 2400fps muzzle velocity,
the shot was 150 yards. The shot was a little further back from the point of the shoulder than I wanted, but
it was a clean pass-through on both ribs. The entry wound was nickel sized and the exit was fist sized with
what looked like almost a full lung hanging out of it. But the doe made it 30 yards into the downhill tree line
and was very hard to find since darkness came on quick, even though there was a strong blood trail.
Anyway when my uncle was cleaning the deer, my dad made the comment that it was a lot of damage. My uncle
disagreed and said it was not a lot of damage. There was no lead fragments in the cavity, my uncle said he thought
bone fragments from the entry wound cause the enlarged exit wound.
My idea of a lot of meat damage is when you grenade on entry and have fragments everywhere, particularly in the entry
or opposite shoulder. Judging from my deer's exit wound, if she had been quartering slightly away and my shot had gone
through the opposing shoulder, my dad may have been right.
Whats the right balance between too much and not enough damage? What kind of damage would have been ideal on a double
rib shot? Doe was about 125 lbs if that matters.