I was shooting a .300 WSM
w/ Berger 168 gr bullets. Took a shot at last light at a Red Hartebeest at about 165 yards. Hit the front leg just at the point where it hits the body. My PH suggested it was 1/2 inch too low... My fault... Bullet basically exploded. It did NOT break the leg. That's the bullets fault. We recovered the Hartebeest 20 hours later and over 5 miles away. I wasn't impressed with its performance. I could of been 2 inches higher and still not of penetrated.....
The new rifle is a .26 caliber and not a .30. The sectional density is better which should help penetration. My big question about Berger's in the .26 caliber is, are the jackets tough enough to give me good penetration? Or do I have to stay away from bone if I choose to use them?
I have read good reports on the Sciroccos but the are also reportedly hard to get to shoot in some rifles. Also only available in a 130 gr bullet.
The Accubonds seem like a possible choice. Used on in my 25-06 last year on a whitetail. After a shot through the ribs he went close to 200 yards. I was surprised at how far he went with a decent shot. Makes me a little nervous.
I have had great success w/ the Barnes TTSX bullets. Biggest problem there is that the BC is so low..... Hence the question for some real world experience. Thanks Bruce