Re: why do shots drop more when shooting at a small incline at extreme range?
There has been a lot of hype surrounding the BCs of solids, the fiasco really kicked in gear several yrs ago when certain folks advertised the Viking 375 bullet to have a BC of 1.5, other folks scrambled to enter into the market with there own version of a wonder bullet. Everyone begin to realize the computer generated designs had problems, BCs were not living up to expectation and the more radical designs had stability problems.
There are several solid designs available that perform well, the only one that I can personally recommend is the Cutting Edge bullet. Dan at Cutting Edge lists the BCs a little higher than my experience with them suggests. There may be something in my system causing this or Cutting Edge may be a little too optimistic. Either way they are a very stable and consistent design.
I have banded the BC for the 425 gr, at 1000 .96, 1760 .95, 2000 .94, 2500 .93. Many folks have drank the cool-aid concerning high BC bullets and are unimpressed by these numbers. These are real numbers and not wishful thinking.
To put the BC flap in context, consider the 50 cal 750 gr. Amax. The BC on this bullet is around 1.0, the shape is not all that bad and it has twice the mass of most 375 bullets. Look back at the bullets that have been introduced on this site. Many has made claims of very high BCs. These claims quickly evaporate once they bullets get in the hands of competent and unbiased people.
The BS surrounding BC numbers has not been limited to solids. I you recall Berger stuck a .9 on the 300 gr 338. As soon as people started shooting it the numbers had to be revised back to a shade over .8
The short answer to your question as to whether solids perform as advertised, the short answer is some do, some don't, and the capabilities of some are grossly overstated.