An Energetic Discussion

    I recently posted a question on Facebook that resulted in unintended debate. I wanted to know who came up with the concept that deer-size game require 1,000 foot-pounds of energy from a rifle bullet. Simple enough, right? What followed was a huge debate about terminal ballistics. One argument that came up was that this standard was from back before expanding bullets and so it doesn’t apply today. We have been using expanding rifle bullets almost exclusively for 120 … Continue reading

In or Out?

The Question of Bullet Performance  There is a popular theory that a big game bullet should stay in a big animal’s body, “dumping all its energy” and unfortunately many hunters are accepting it as gospel. Personally, I find it irresponsible. A .22 LR will always stay in the deer, dumping all its energy and often resulting in the termination of the deer. Does that make it a deer cartridge? Of course not. When applied with modern rifle cartridges, this theory … Continue reading