Re: Bullet Worthy of a Once-in-a -Lifetime Trophy?
If you have a hunt of a lifetime on deer and antelope using a 308, a 150g Hornady SPBT is all you will need it is a very accurate bullet. Deer will be dead right there! Max load of IMR 4350 or 748 will put you at unreal accuracy and velocity.
I have no idea of your hunting techniques, but it sounds like you are in a Western state, I hope that you will not have to shoot over 300 yards.
The last bullet I would use to cull does is a heavy slow Match King must less on a trophy hunt of a life time, use a hunting bullet that is designed to expand.
It sounds like you have an accurate rifle, you don't seem to be worried about unzipping one from hitting low due to a heavy bullet and slow velocity, but that is exactly what you should be worried about. Deer will pop up at unknown ranges, you do not always have the time to range the distance, adjust your scope. You have a split second to guess the range and fire. Of course, I have no idea of your hunting style.
I would like to add that a 30 Cal 150g Barnes Tripple shock bullet really opens a deer up like a can opener, and if you shoot it through the shoulders, you will throw away both shoulders.
One thing that you have to remember, the RPM's that a bullet is doing is a contributing factor in making the bullet jacket open up. At 2500 fps, the rpm's is very slow, and at longer ranges (300 yds) the hydrostatic shock is MUCH less than at 100 yards.
I would like to read of your success, and not a heart breaking story of unzipping one with it running off, never to be found.
Best of luck to you!