I'm going to start this out with my reasons for taking this buck, before I get crap for the size of it. First is I live in Maine, and in an area where you can hunt all 30ish days of the season and only see one deer. Next is that I have both boys hunting this year, with the youngest for the first time. Also my wife was just last night worrying about the moose meat running out over the winter. Last I wanted to be able to recover the bullet from the new load I'm using with peregrine bullets and this guy just stood head on looking at me like a dummy. Took much coming together to pass up on.
So now the interesting part. I used my .375 H&H with a reduced load of about 2000 fps. Bullet was the peregrine plainsmaster in 230gr. The range I hit the deer at the speed had dropped to somewhere between 1600-1900fps, which is the lower range of expected expansion. The bullet did still expand, not a huge mushroom, but obviously enough to get the job done. As stated it was head on- going through the neck, chest cavity, guts and hind quarter, resting under the skin at the tail end for over 3ft of penetration at this reduced speed! I even found the brass tip in the stomach, which means that pushed through for 2ft of penetration. Accuracy was the same as the match bullets and had identical point of impact. Pretty sure these will be the only bullets I shoot out of this gun- reduced or full house load