Cowboy, the problem is you ain't always presented with a shot that will let you get a match bullet into the vitals.
It would realy interest me to know how many deer per year the guys shooting them with match bullets are actualy shooting, I suspect it isn't very many. Varmint bullets on deer is just as irresponsible.
So i'll go first.
Ive shot 68 wild boar, 12 foxes, 47 roe deer, 14 fallow deer, 4 red deer, 1 seal, 2 pine martins, maybe 20 hares, 2 ferral cats, maybe 60 or so magpies, crows and jays all with game bullets during the hunting season that ended 1 hour ago. Thats 146 head of what could be called big game. and 84 varmints.shot at distances of between 2 meters out to 600m Of those 146 how many did i have to chase far, 1, that was a boar on a driven hunt that i unfortunatly gave to much lead and shot its face off, the though of it still haunts me. when it comes to taking game with rifle bullets then i think i have a valid opinion, and does it or does it not still say on a pack of SMK's, that they are not designed for use on game. If you shoot only 10 deer a year, then you maybe will be lucky and not have a major screw up with the use of match bullets, but i sure as hell hunt to much to risk it. I probably shoot more head of game per year than many professional hunters. Now i ain't braggin, i feel priviliged to be in a situation where i have so much hunting available to me, but would i risk using any bullet that stood even a 10% chance of not doing what i wanted it to do, NO.