Re: Need some input PLEASE!
Thanks for the reply! I really dont know in ft lbs of energy what I am looking for. Let me give you some examples of what I am referring to as inferior performance. In our little circle of long range shooters, I have either been the shooter, or watched some one else shoot several head of game at distances in excess of 450 yards, all the way out to 1098 yards. (my longest kill). I know, 450 aint really LONG range, but it seems that most any of the above mentioned calibers do fine out to there and even beyond. But when the range exceeds 650 yards it's like going from a 30/06 to a .22 wmr! The deer at 1098 required a total of FOUR shots to get him down! All but one of these hits would have been lethal almost immediately at close range. 2 were lung hits. 1 was a back of the liver hit, and the 4th was in the paunch. At that distance hte 7mm STW would not completely penetrate a broadside mulie! One of the recovered bullets was still in great shape except for a flat spot on the side and the marks from the rifle barrel! The bullet was a 150 gr, sierra SBT.
I watched my partner shoot a mulie at 850 yards. It was a good hit, back of the lungs and part of the liver. We watched it walk about 25 yards and lay down. When we gathered our gear and walked over to it, it still required a finishing shot! IMHO, this is not acceptable performance. That is the reason I was wanting to go with a heavier bullet, for more retained energy.