At about 35 yards I shot base of neck dropped like a sack of potatoes so I continued to hunt because it was early 10 minutes later it stood up and trotted off. I stalked over to where it laid looked like a crime scene. Stalked him put another round in it at 100 yards and he kept moving then Mlodell put a 50 cal in it put him on the ground but still didn't want to die so offed him with 45acp.
After skinning my round penetrated the hide only bruised the neck but then ran inside the hide through the shoulder the lung back out the rib cage and stopped in the hide so was kill shot sooner or later. Found the red tip in the hide between neck and shoulder so it came out before actually going in.
I call Hornady and all he said was well that shouldn't have happened...
Since that I no longer trust the Lever evolution ammo
My dream rifle has always been a Savage Model 99.
They have a rotary magazine, not a tube, and that way can handle spitzer bullets, like .308, 30-06, etc.
When you find one they will cost more than a Winchester or Marlin, but worth every penny.
The 99 even has a round counter built in.
Great rifles but all I have ever seen were in odd calibers.
Never had to fix one, just mounted scopes for customers on them.
Have a beautiful finish on them, would hate to take them into the woods, work of art IMHO.
I am the third generation to own and take deer with this fine rifle and to the best of my knowledge, it has never failed to fire and hit what you aimed it at. I like the 300 savage a lot. It is a step up from a 30-30 and my reloads are very near to the 308 win. It has a solid lock up and can take more pressure than the other lever actions except maybe the Browning BLR.