In 28 seasons, I've never recovered a 30-06, 308 WIN or 30-30 bullet.
I've shot many deer with the .30-06, and don't remember ever recovering a bullet. I've never shot one with the .308. And I had never shot a deer with a .30-30 until last year. I hit the deer at a forward angle just behind the shoulder at about 75 yards. The bullet was a 170-grain Federal Fusion. It hit a rib on entry and angled slightly, traveling back through the chest cavity, abdomen, and the far hip joint, shattering the ball and socket. It lodged just under the skin covering the hind quarter. I cleaned it up and weighed it, and it was still over 160 grains after hitting three bones (rib, ball and socket) and traversing through more than two feet of deer.
I think that's pretty impressive performance.
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