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Mike's Monthly Monologue About Shooting
Volume 1, Issue 6 - November 1, 2012  -  Other Issues  -  Articles/Downloads

by Mike Price
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It was 30 degrees and the sun was about to pop up over the horizon. I was ready for the warmth of the morning sun as I sat on a climbing stand, twenty feet up a big pine tree. For three weeks I had been hunting a big buck that ran along the edge of a creek emptying into the Pearl River. This buck would use the late morning and early afternoon to make his rounds along the creek, checking his scrapes in the middle of the day.

During the three weeks of hunting this big boy I spent many a day along that creek and he gave me the slip more than once. I was determined not to give up nor cut a day short by leaving early. I was more than willing to endure the weather, long waits, and the aches that come after hours waiting in a stand. On my way out that evening I noticed that his tracks crossed over the trail a couple of times and they were very fresh. This big buck had patterned me and was now checking his scrapes later in the day, using a slightly different route to avoid the main tree where I usually put my stand.

Weatherby Mark V 30-06

The very next day I used a different tree, a 30-06 loaded with a 165 grain Partition. As I became tired and cold I began to think about the importance of endurance for a dedicated hunter. Endurance is a good thing to have when hunting any deer from a tree stand, especially knowing some bucks are not going to be an easy kill. I had plenty of time to think as I awaited the buck. I thought about the Partition bullet and how it has endured for so many years as a main stay. It has become a standard by which many hunting bullets are judged. I chose the Partition for this hunt because I needed something that would shock the deer and at the same time exit the buck.

Example of the front part and the back part of Partition doing its job
I knew the Partition would shed most of its front part since the front of the bullet is not bonded. Upon impact little missiles would penetrate throughout the initial impact area creating good hydrodynamic shock. When the front part of a Partition comes apart it sends small pieces that tear through the vitals causing them to bleed freely, putting the deer in shock and hopefully dropping him where he stands. The back half the bullet would more than likely exit leaving a blood trail. Using the Partition will many times give a hunter the best of both worlds. It will come apart after a few inches of penetration like some cup core bullets creating hydrodynamic shock. Then the back half will maintain integrity holding together like bonded and monolithic bullets. This is so important when hunting in thick brush. If the deer runs off into a thicket, I wanted a bullet that would exit letting air in and blood out. This would leave a good blood trail if he did not drop right away.

Exit hole of Partition
t was about 4:15pm, the sun breaking through the openings in the clouds. It was 38 degrees with a slight breeze blowing in my face. I do love a cool evening while hunting deer, enjoying the squirrels and birds rushing around as they get ready for a cold night. Suddenly he appeared right before me, magically emerging from the woods about 50 yards away. He look straight up at me. I controlled my urge to move quickly. I had waited so patiently for this moment, enduring all of my urges to give up and leave. I waited till he turned his head and slowly brought my rifle to the firing position. I pulled the trigger and put a round right behind his front shoulder just above the heart, exiting out the other side. As I had hoped, the Partition shook that deer as he collapsed in his tracks. How exciting after a long three weeks of hunting and having the endurance needed to finish the task. All I could do was sit there and take in the moment.

In 1947 John Nosler made a bullet called the Partition and in 1948 (the year I was born), he put the Partition on the market. It has been one of my go to bullets for many years. I have used it in different cartridges on a lot of hunts with similar success. I am indebted to John Nosler for making and marketing the Partition. What an outstanding hunting bullet he brought the hunter. Through the years the Partition has continued to endure, because it works so well and that is a good thing. Thank you John Nosler for the Partition and how it has made so many of our hunts successful.

Mike Price is a lifelong shooter, hunter and reloading enthusiast. He has been published at AmmoGuide.com, Guns & Ammo and Nosler. His article "Green Boxes", available at AmmoGuide.com, is posted in the bullet production area at Sierra. Mike has traveled to Africa, Europe, Asia, parts of Central America. His favorite two hobbies are spending time with grand children and taking them hunting. Mike holds a Ph.D in Philosophy and Psychology, is a licensed clinical therapist, adjunct professor and Minister in the Church of Christ. To read more by Mike, CLICK HERE.

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