- Apr 6, 2019
- Reaction score
- Zimbabwe, Botswana, Zambia, South Africa, Tanzania
The ‘expend all its energy inside an animal’ is a flawed concept as organ damage is what kills. While the bullet I shot didn’t expend ‘all’ of its energy inside the leopard, it expended a huge amount and still exited. That’s partly because of the bullet design but also because I shoot a 338. By its very nature, that cartridge and bullet has way more energy than so many smaller cartridges. The inside of the chest was a total mess and that exit hole meant a lot more blood on the ground for tracking, should it have been necessary. As it was, we saw the leopard laying dead while still 30+ yards away.Agreed, but a lower-SD-for caliber bullet will tend to expend all its energy inside the cat and may not even exit, especially w/ a higher V gun like a Wby people can shoot accurately (which is just fine)! Std. rem SPs are fine for that job, as are original Nos BTs, Berger originals and std. The distances are short and the target is fragile. You simply must make the perfect shot w/ those traditional bullets (as you mention.) You want to blow it out of the tree (or over if on the ground) and that's IT. No trailing whatsoever. I'd much prefer a HOT deer/elk cartridge (up to .338 or .358) with high velocity and low SD bullets rather than a traditional DG bigger bore on cats! You can even get a high V out of a 375 HH w/ low SD bullets (3,000+/- fps! 235-260ish gr).
A couple final comments… #1; I don’t know a single PH who prefers just an entry hole over an entry AND exit hole, and I know quite a few experienced PH’s. #2; I personally wouldn’t shoot a leopard with a Berger if someone bought me the ammo and paid the trophy fee foe me. I’ve only shot 3 leopards but I have a pretty good idea of what works since the sum total of distance all 3 cats together covered was less than 30 yards. All 3 had large exit holes and were dead within a few seconds of being shot. All were shot with premium bullets.