Definatly not trying to start an argument here.
What I can tell you is that a dall sheep can live a whole lot longer when hit through both lungs with a bullet that didnt expand versus a sheep hit in both lungs with a bullet that did expand. The difference is huge. I no longer use certain bullets for game due to how irresponsible it made me feel seeing a ram hit 3 times in the lungs and still lived for too long. Yes he expired but not soon enough. Using bullets that expanded worked like a charm and stuff started expiring very quickly. We owe it to the game we harvest to dispatch them quickly even if we have to sacrifice some BC or other good long range qualities for terminal performance. One thing is for sure, sometimes game will die quickly with bullets that didnt expand and others will not but the fact is there is more reliability in cleaner kills with bullets that expand as this creates more tissue damage and expends energy upon the critter for shock. Much more reliable outcomes are found with the latter. I certainly am not saying you shouldnt hunt with match bullets either but one does need to select the right one for the job and that can take alot of time and effort but if youre going to use them you have an obligation to know how the bullet will react at different velocities and on bone versus soft tissue. Some quick tests and you will quickly find that a 178 AMAX at any velocity isnt the best bullet for large elk or moose yet the 300 SMK is very reliable at certain velocities. Yet the 178 AMAX makes a stellar bullet for deer size critters even at low velocity impacts. There are a lot of good LR bullets out there that will work you just have to use the right one for the job and not neccecarily the one that gives the best LR trajectory.
Long range shooting is a process that ends with a result. Once you start to focus on the result (how bad your last shot was, how big the group is going to be, what your buck will score, what your match score is, what place you are in...) then you loose the capacity to focus on the process.
Last edited by Michael Eichele; 09-14-2007 at 08:44 PM.