Originally Posted by Sauer 150
Here we have to agree to dissagree. A test performed by swedish game management authorities with more than 8000 heads of game taken over 2 seasons clearly states that impact velocities above 2900f/s(900m/s) is the fastest putting game on the ground. Shortest distances game travelled from being hit to being to being on the ground dead was with 300 WM and 7 RM.
I'm not discussing with you that dead is dead if you hit were you are supposed to - but in my book a quicker death is a more humane one. And when it comes to hunting ethics and animal welfare I'm always gone be on the game side of the discussion. That is also why I am very skeptical of the practice of using small calibers on large game. Yes you will kill them eventually but usually it takes to long and is from an animal welfare standpoint poor caliber choices.
As the 25-06 on elk tread currently being discussed these days. On a large bull elk 25-06 is NOT a suited tool for the job
I hate to point out the obvious, but the swede and .260 are both capable of 2,900fps.
Your study also cannot possibly account for shot placement on each of those kills.
No question about it, more energy on impact gives you a bigger kill zone because more damage is done via hyperstatic shock.
Nothing however supercedes proper shot placement and bullet selection.
I've taken 400lbs plus wild hogs with a little bitty .204 Ruger, have seen elk taken with a .222rem, even a .300lbs sow killed with a .17rem.
Would I recommend any of the above? No, but if you can place the shot where it belongs with enough power to strike the vitals and penetrate them or destroy them, the animal is just as dead and they never know what caliber they were shot with.
Bottom line, we are discussing the various .260/6.5's here and there's very little real difference in any of them being discussed.
I have a good freind/client who owns and manages a very large ranch in S. Africa that thinks we're just nuts over here with our "bigger is better" mentality.
His teenage daughter piled up 34 bodies during the fall culling a few weeks ago shooting an itty bitty 6.5 swede... .