Ok everyone, give me your thoughts on this. Third day of the season, a nice 8 point buck comes out of the swamp, into some brush. Not real heavy, so I can see the majority of his body, broadside, 40 yards. Sun directly in my face. I place the crosshairs on his shoulder (.45/70, 320 grain hollow point bullets), touch off the shot and ........Nothing! He stands there, and then takes three steps forward. Still in the brush, I aim again but can't pick him up in the scope. I tried three times to gain sight of him and the glare and shadows make it impossible to find him again. Talk about frustrating! Then he finally wises up and takes off in a gallop up the hill.
I place my hat where my gun was and go to the spot where he was standing. No blood, no hair. What gives? I look at the brush for about 10 minutes and finally see a 2" sapling with a hole and splintered bark. He was standing no more than 5 feet behind that sapling. I look through the hoile and could shoot a laser from the hole directly to my hat.
So, I hit the sapling that I did not see when I shot. My question is this. Would you expect the bullet to pass through and hit the buck , or did the bullet fragment so much that no part of the bullet hit the buck?
I tracked him for about 2oo yards and no evidence of any hit. He looked completely healthy when he galloped off.
Also, have any of you had problems regaining the sight picture on a sunny day with the buck in shadow? My scope was a fixed 4x and the gun is dead on accurate.
you never shoot a buck from the couch