Re: Choosing a new bullet.
Well adding to my vote on several of the other issues, I do still hunt stalk which ever you want to call it, as well as air some out across wide open fields. Sometimes it is also up close and personal within 5 yds or so depending on what I am hunting as well as where.
When I start to develope a load for a specific rifle or pistol, I generally have some criteria in which that said bullet will have to perform. So if it is out across the back 40, it would be something that I can drive as fast as possible, while also being heavy enough to accomplish the task I need it to when it gets there, as well as being the most accurate load I can use.
For the up close and personal stuff, I need something not necessarily moving at the speed of light, but heavy enough as well as fragil enough to stop whatever the intened target is, in a realitively short space. In other words, it needs to be able to go from the in-hole, to the out-hole, if need be and take out as much stuff in between as it can. Accuracy need only be within the realm of hitting 6" at 100 yds. with this type. However it is generally much less.
For general ranges, out to 200 yds. or so, the velocity and penetration is generally dependant on the quarry. I have several loads for each of my hunting rifles which can be used for just about anything I will ever hunt by simply just switching ammo.
For BT's I generally keep the starting vel. somewhere in the 2800 range for all my rifles.
For the Barnes and Partitions, I generally crank them up to top velocities.
For revolver loads I generally use Remington bulk bullets in the heavier weights for caliber. They just seem to work out fine for most of my needs. For the heavy duty stuff I use the Speer Gold Dot or Oregon Trail cast bullets with big flat meplats. No problems running them full mag velocities.
Yes the other topics were a little to much for me to jump into, hopefully this one I can handle.
Mike / Tx
"Heck why would I lie, most folks don't believe the truth when I tell them"