Funny, but you're right. None of mine ever expanded or even lost the tip. They just bent the tip to the side.That Barnes looks great.
I can tell you that there was no lead in my deer either. The bullet never expanded, only lost it's tip.
Next year I hope to have more experience with the barnes muzzleloader sabots (that's as long as I can hit the damn things), but I know with their rifle bullets that's the big selling point, all copper, quick expansion, and 99% weigh retention. Pretty awesome, can't wait to try them.And even thought the idea of lead fragments in the meat is still debated, I'm confident there's no lead in these deer. I don't have a scale here, but I'm pretty sure there was almost no weight loss in the slug.
You have company. I am making the same switch this year. I had been putting it off just because I had lots of shockwaves still around. But the history of poor performance was pretty clear and I have a few days coming up in the Adirondacks for early muzzle loader coming up. Now was as good a time as any.Well, I was reminded by my son to change bullets and just ordered a pack of Barnes Expanders and T-EZ. I'm hoping the Expanders shoot well in my TC but whichever shoots best will be used. Thanks everyone for the comments and suggestions. Only took me 2 years to decide.
I helped butcher 3 deer this weekend , all were shot with 2 50 gr. 777 pellets and 250 gr. Shockwaves. All were chest/ shoulder shots , all pass thru. Judging by the exits I would say they all expanded. Maybe there was a bad batch out there.