Re: Is Bullet Expansion Necessary for Effecive Killing of Game
Since we're discussing a single, 'pointy' projectile and it's capability to deliver death-inducing energy, a point to consider is what does it really take to induce death. Please excuse my over-simplifications, it helps me *think* things through...
I'm not a veterinarian or doctor, but i *suspect* death (in this context) is generally caused by a lack of blood/oxygen to the brain or catastrophic shock to the central nervous system.
Whatever the projectile needs to do - whether;
a) destroy vital organ(s)
b) achieve massive tissue devastation (creating significant blood loss)
c) catastrophically disrupt central nervous system functions
it must have the appropriate placement, the energy to affect a)-c), and have adequate dimensions/size/shape/density (dssd) to deposit that energy.
If bullet has appropriate placement/dssd, but not enough energy - FAIL
If bullet has enough energy/good dssd, but poor placement - FAIL
If bullet has enough energy/good placement, but poor dssd - FAIL
Unless the projectile is so massive (i dunno - lets say .50cal/12.7mm and greater?) it can accomplish any of a) - c), i believe it must expand.
To what exact dimensions/size/shape/density i've no idea, but "big/heavy/hard enough" is what my uneducated mind wants to say!!!
BergerBoy - "The mind works best when open..... Kinda like a parachute. "