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A Chance to do some wound channel research

18 Sep 2016
@ 03:37 am (GMT)

Paul Leverman

I'm not sure if this will ever come about, but I'm hoping so, so I'll start asking now.

The people down the road may end up selling their place soon. They have a domestic cow that is way past being the age of prime meat. It will still be good for grind and sausage and I'm sure the loins are fine. I'm going to approach them about acquiring the cow if and when they sell. It's not a huge cow, without a doubt smaller than your feral ones in NZ, but still bovine structure. I'd like to try to put it down with the 45-70 with 350gr Hdy Interlocks, with the meplat cut to .360", to see what the wound channel would look like.

Do you think this would work? Range will be about 25 -50 yards, and velocity should be around the 1800fps mark.

If this isn't a viable scenario, I'll just pop her twixt the eyes with the sixgun. But after reading the meplat report from Nathan, I'd really like to see what these bullets would do. But, I've never dealt with bovines before.

Thanks for any input.


18 Sep 2016
@ 10:06 pm (GMT)


Re: A Chance to do some wound channel research
I guess the .45-70 would work, most big bores should. If it was a feral cow in the wild id have a go.
Being its yarded Id rather just put it down humanely. A shot to the brain.
Ive shot a few yarded cows around 25m and used a .357magnum lever action when I was a stock inspector. I already had the rifle but decided to try it as back in the day my predecessors favoured the .310 cadet, it was effective and probably just enough and probably than using say a high velocity rifle round. these shots were taken from the frontal position above the eye line. with a good shot they done the bang flop thing and I think they were dead on heir feet.
19 Sep 2016
@ 12:58 am (GMT)

Paul Leverman

Re: A Chance to do some wound channel research
We used to do domestic pigs the same way. When they were young, we would scratch them between the eyes with a stick when they were eating at the trough. I guess pigs can't tell a stick from a barrel. This was more of a "see what happens" thing.


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