Dang nice groups on the new bullet choice. Impressive actually.
Looks like it did a good job. Thanks for sharing.When I had a 6.5G, I hunted some hogs with the Hornady Black load using the 123gr ELD-M. Almost unreal damage on smaller hogs, especially if I hit bone, I always liked to aim right on the shoulder. On 100lb and under it was tearing them to pieces, bout ripped a couple shoulders off. Mid body shots would punch the guts out of some of them. On the larger hogs, just really nice entrance and exit wounds.
I'll attach one of the few post-mortem pics I took with the 6.5G using that load. This one was Texas heart shot running away and when she slowed I got a broadside shot that dropped it. In the pic, it about ripped part of the leg off on the exit side. I was pretty impressed. That was a high shoulder entrance, low chest exit, striking the leg on the way out. That was about 50+/- yards.
I would trust an ELD to come apart much more than I would an OTM, like the SMK. I've had some epic failures with the SMK and comparable bullets. Only time will tell. *For a match bullet, I was pretty darned impressed on the terminal performance. I'm sure the jacket/core completely separated, but in terms of damage, it worked for sure. That was a 16" barrel Grendel so that might help you get a feel for the approx. velocity they were travelling.
Speaking of match bullets and hunting, the 73gr ELD-M in .223 anchors coyotes too. I probably already shared this in a diff. post, but I had several one-shot drops on coyotes, even tumbled a few while running using that bullet in a factory Hornady load. Both of those experiences really changed my perception of what match bullets can do on game.
They have always enjoyed coming out to see the kills and look at the carnage. They even come by from time to time to watch their momma perform a surgery. At least I know they won't be squeamish later in life.Nice shot! The girls seem pleased with it as well.
My sons watched many dissections of game. It never bothered them.They have always enjoyed coming out to see the kills and look at the carnage. They even come by from time to time to watch their momma perform a surgery. At least I know they won't be squeamish later in life.