This was a most fascinating story , Mort Hill . In your .375 Holland & Holland magnum , were you using a good soft nose bullet , like a Winchester Silvertip or Remington Core Lokt ? They were always my personal favorite cartridges for clients to use on Indian panthers .
And you must not judge yourself too harshly . We all make errors . During the very first time l ever attempted to hunt a panther , l made some extremely embarrassing mistakes as well .
I used an Eley Alphamax LG cartridge ( 8 pellets to the cartridge ) to try to kill a panther and l instead ended up accidentally blasting the goat , which l was using as bait , while the panther almost made good his escape . Fortunately , my maternal grandfather was there to assist me and he killed the panther when it charged , by using his .405 Winchester Model 1895 lever rifle . We all learn from our mistakes . We should not be ashamed of our mistake , but rather be proud of the lessons learnt from that mistake.
Yes, a was using a round similar to the core lokt. I had learned from previous leopard hunts that the ultra fast .375 loads tend to pass right through the soft skin leopard without a large damage channel, unless they hit bone. On the first leopard I ever shot, this was the case. Fortunately for me, the bullet clipped a rib bone that broke and spun like a knife creating a large wound and the cat lay dead at the bottom of the bait tree. He was a large cat that we had kept on bait for 8 days while we looked for a truly enormous cat that was in the area. Thank you for your kind words because I have learned more from my failures than all my successes combined.