So a while back I decided I wanted to start running a supersonic .300 Blackout for taking coyotes. Been curious to see what the round will do to a yote compared to my .223 or 22-250 that usually end up making a complete gory mess when they’re shot through COM.
So Friday I finally took the .300 out instead of the .223 or 22-250. Well, the coyotes got the best of me, but I happened upon a very nice large Jackrabbit that presented a perfect opportunity to test terminal ballistics on.
Here were the results: (Hopefully I’m not in violation of any forum rules by posting this)
125 grain Hornady American Gunner HP at 82 yards entered just right of the spine at an oblique angle. Bullet did not exit. Left one nickel size entry hole and left all the rest of the critter intact. Absolutely surprised the heck out of me. Figured I’d blow the thing into ribbons, but ended up with a very usable pelt and meat (if I wanted it). Kept the pelt.
Looks to me like this may be a good fur friendly round…(if my coyote results end up the same) oh, and the Jack was DRT, no flipping, flopping or other acrobatics.
At over 1000 ft lbs of energy, it surprises me that it didn’t exit or turn it inside out. I didn’t do a necropsy, just skinned it…I guess next time I’ll have to dig deeper (pun intended). My guess is that the bullet completely fragmented. Either way, it dumped all its energy in the target, which is what a well made hp bullet should do.
Never tried it myself, always heard it was tough and gamey. However, a quick internet search shows that there is quite a following for it. Apparently slow cooking it is the way to go, and there are methods to reduce the gamey flavor. Down here it’s always questionable because we just don’t get the cold weather that a lot of other states do…so our parasite season is much longer than in other locales.