Hello, just wanting to tell my experience this year and get your opinions. I was deer hunting using my 270 win with Winchester 130 soft points(designed for deer). I had a respectable size deer at 40yds quartering away, walking. I put the cross hairs right tight behind the shoulder and squeezed it off. The deer kicked its rear legs up real high and ran about 20yds and stopped. I figured heart shot, although that was not my intension. I was aiming at the bottom 1/3 of the chest, figuring at that close the gun would be a little high(1" high at 100). I racked another shell, or so I thought and the deer was standing broadside, head hanging down and out. The shoulder was covered by a tree, and the deer was about 60yds away. I put it on his neck, half way between his head and shoulder. I sqeezed it and nothing. I pulled the bolt back and no round went in. I tried again slowly and the bolt was not grabbing the next round from the clip. I pushed up on the clip and it grabbed a round(only complaint with my $300 savage). I put it in the same spot, as the deer hadnt moved. I touched it off and the deer ran down the hill(he was at the top of a hill that was maybe 8ft high). I waited all of about 30 seconds. I went over to where I thought I had first shot and couldnt find anything. I looked a bit and felt I knew where he was on top of that little hill and walked over there. Sure enough, blood. I looked down the hill and he was laying there and got up about the same time I saw him. He bolted around the next hill and I didnt move. There was some white hair there on the hill. I went back to camp and we waited till 1pm(shot him about 10am). We headed out and picked up the track right away. I had never shot a deer or anything for that matter with a rifle. My friend said thats not much blood he is leaving, but if that was a bow blood trail I would be happy. We tracked him for probably 100yds, but not in a straight line. We found 3 different chunks of what looked like leg bone. My friend said he felt it was the opposite front leg, but I felt it might be rear leg. The deer seemed to bleed out the entrance side. We ended up jumping him, but it was to thick for a follow up shot. We heard him just walk off and cough 3 times and my friend then said, you got lung. The way the deer was acting after my first shot, my friend said sounds like a gut shot, maybe liver. We waited 2hrs and took up the track again. Normally I would have waited till morning, but we were forced to leave that night. We tracked him another 300yds across an opening and when we entered the woods, he jumped up and ran. Again, no shot, pines. There was a steep thick ridge right there, so my friend told me he was going to run down about 200yds and try to push him back my way. He didnt have his gun, thought we were going to drag my deer back. He called me on the radio, he had the deer spotted. I got down there and he said its just inside the edge and cant climb the hill. We snuck in and he was not there. He managed to climb the hill. My friend said it was thick, but he could have got a shot on him. He still kicks himself and wont ever go out without his gun again. We found blood and tracked it to the top of the hill. This deer was not going far. We ended up jumping him at the top, again to thick. We stayed on him and he had only went 50yds maybe and jumped him again. It was to dark to go any farther. VERY reluctantly we went back to camp and had to leave. I dont want to go into details, but we had to leave no questions asked. I wasnt able to get back to there myself either. My question is, what do you think happened with the shot? Did the bullet zip thru like a pencil as my friend claimed the 270 is to fast? Did I hit the hind quarter bone and not get the penetration needed to take out the lungs? I feel if I had hit that shot with my bow, he would have been found dead inside of 150yds. Looking back, I think I gave him a trechea with my second shot, hence the white hair and the coughing. Should I sell this gun, or look at different types of ammo? Suggestions on the ammo would be great, if that is an option.