Re: Which of these two loads would you use?
The question of what is fast enough has bothered shooters forever. The recent factory offerings capitalize on the need for speed.
What speed does, in one example, is improve the ballistics, thereby making it a little easier to hit your intended target. Some guns shoot better maxed to the hilt, some don't. Then it requires a better judge of distance, and knowing the exact drop of your bullet at all possible ranges. It's called doing your homework.
But, there is no question, all things being equal that accuracy is only one component. You can still miss, with your accurate load, both high and low. The larger capacity cases address the problems in midpoint trajectory by narrowing it considerably, or marginally, depending on your point of view.
However, in the original question, the gentleman states that his shooting would be at deer at ranges under 400 yards. The consensus seems to be that he has adequate means for this mission, without further development.
If not, the possibility still exists, that he can select a different bullet, attain a higher BC or higher MV, and begin the process all over again. One thing I will venture to opine; you don't need a 200 grain bullet for what he wants to do with it. In fact, I would consider something in the 165/168 grain catagory, but that is argueable, and in the last analysis, a personal choice.
Good hunting. LB
edit: my mistake. He did write deer/
elk at 400 yards. I still think he can drop down in weight, if velocity is more important to him, and still (cleanly) kill an elk.
[ 08-20-2004: Message edited by: LB ]