Some rounds open so well that they leave all of their energy in the animal and do not exit. I do not have a ton of shotgun experience because I use my ML where shotguns are legal, but here is my take:
I used to shoot a hollow point .44 cal sabot from my .50 cal with 100 gr. of pyrodex. I rarely had exits but those deer either dropped in their tracks or hunched up like they had taken a body shot from Mike Tyson, and hobbled 20-40 yards before going down. No blood trail.
Now I shoot a high end .50 cal bullet with 150 gr. of pyrodex. I get pass through shots and the deer often run like they have not been hit at all but leave good blood. My last two does went 85 and 178 yards, bleeding all the way.
When i get a chance to shoot my gun at a deer, I'll let you know what I think! All I know right now is that I can shoot the hell out of that cardboard box. My sabots make real nice, round holes on both sides of the box.
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