Just came back over the Christmas break (only 3 days, not long enough). Gone shooting to Cobar (in the middle of NSW, for those not from this beautiful land of Oz).
Okay, first what I used. I loaded up batches of
-#1. 130gr Hornady JHP over 16gr of AR2205 - 1750fps
-#2. 200gr protected point? Woodleigh over 13gr of AR2205 - 1100fps
-#3. 220gr round nosed woodleigh over 12gr of AR2205 - 980fps
velocities averaged from 5 shots, measured at the range in Sydney.
Results from wild goats by load types
#1. A young billy shoulder shot from about 50 meters - drops after 5 meters. The bullet seems to be broken apart after hitting the shoulder blades. No shoulder roast recovered from this goat.
#2. A small nanny shot at low chest/ just behind and above the front legs joint at about 70 meters - drop after standing still for about 5 to 10 seconds large pool of blood were under the carcass when recovered.
The reason for it to go low, I think, is the distance. I am sure I was aiming a tad higher.
#3. A large nanny shot on shoulder/just where the neck join the shoulder at about 35 meters - drops instantly, then gone on kicking for about 30 seconds afterwards. Found out that the bullet broke the goats neck. (lucky shot I think..)
Tried I did, I could not find the projectiles from #2 and #3 loads. They are definitely not in the carcass.
Unfortunately no pigs around at the time, so I cannot try them on heavier skinned varmint.
Looking at the result, I am very happy with the 300 whisper.
I got 3 shots, 3 clean kills and all of them drops right away.
I would quite comfortable to recomend this caliber for goat shooting
It is a very mild caliber with a lot of punch. and as bonus, I recovered almost ALL meat from these goats. I only lost the front shoulder from #1 load.
The load #2 and #3 sounds (by ear) a tad like 22 magnum if not louder. The #1 is LOUD compares to the others.
So there is my quick report. Any comments?
PS. I also proud to proclaim that both my daughters (aged 12 and 8 ) have shot their first rabbits and skin and cook and eaten them. And in the process, they actually FEED me with meat for the first time