Join Date: Jun 2005
Location: Live - Cocoa, FL; Hunt - Mims, FL; Lk. Poincette, FL; Union, SC
Why do you shoot the bullet that you prefer?
While considering an additional response to a thread here, I started to write why I like the Nosler Partition, then decided not to hi-jack the thread. So let's talk bullets and why we like specific ones.
I hunt long and narrow planted shooting lanes, planted dirt access roads, and planted strips immediately adjacent to State lands, which pump wildlife, and preclude hunting or armed carry there. Adjacent vegetation is thick, uncompromising, swamp and oak hammock with tangled saw palmettos and palmetto palm thickets. You do NOT want an injured hog or deer to run across the property line into that thicket as recovery will most likely be (and has historically been) unfavorable. Not every time, but enough.
I am not going in there on hands and knees to recover a guest's wounded pig (we shoot a lot of pigs). Even a 65# pig will charge you if confronted or cornered in close quarters. Anchoring game in their tracks is the watchword I have learned and stress. I have historically gone in there when not putting the bullet where it must be in the first place. I didn't let the game get away to suffer and die due to some stupid action or missed action on my part. Lessons learned, which is knowledge of what must be done to prevent bad experience, come from prior bad experience.
I have found over multiple seasons, across multiple states, while deer and hog hunting with various bullet choices, that the Nosler Partition is best suited to what I need it to do, when I do with the rifle what I have learned to do, and that is to anchor game in their tracks without destroying meat.
They don't take it well in the neck. You can admonish and advocate to take the body shot, heart and lungs, larger target, etc. I use a rest, a solid rest. I practice and am confident. I know my range, my rifle, my breathing, my heart rate, and "see" the end result before pulling the trigger. I know where the bullet is going to go. I take the shot if it is right, hold back if it is wrong, and will let game walk. I have learned over a lot of trigger time (and in that perhaps "grown up" a bit) that I do not need to shoot everything that steps out and not everything that steps out presents itself in an ideal way. Like girlfriends and busses (what do I know of girlfriends - I'm married), just be still and another will come along soon enough. It is the hunt, not the kill, that satisfies the soul.
The Nosler partition anchors game in its tracks for me.
Last edited by land_owner; 02-17-2020 at 10:06 AM.