Re: Bullet impact on paper?
+1, I compared 2 different loads for my dads 06 years ago. Load 1: 150gr Nosler BT, Load 2: 165 gr Sierra GK. I don't remember which (this was over 15yrs ago), I believe the GK hit a full 6" lower and 1-2" right.
The difference was hugely surprising to me at the time and I just didn't understand it until I studied (read up on) barrel harmonics. Since then I've been pretty surprised, and pleased when a rifle would place several different loads within 2moa.
To sum it up if you have rifle that will repeatedly have a similar POI with 2-3 or more very different loads, you have a very accurate very good rifle, most factory rifles will do as my dads rifle (Savage 110) did. That doesn't mean how ever that a factory rifle isn't capable of fine accuracy, Savage keeps proving that.
Keep in mind the animals we shoot for food and display are not bullet proof. Contrary to popular belief, they bleed and die just like they did a hundred years ago. Being competent with a given rifle is far more important than impressive ballistics and poor shootability. High velocity misses never put a steak in the freezer.