Re: new vs old
My opinion and 25 cents won't buy you a cup of coffee, but here it is anyways...
Over the last 15 years, between me, my friends and my kids I've watched about 75 deer shot with rifles and 400 yards is still quite a ways out there for us. When my oldest son started hunting he used a 6mm so I thought matbe I should try some Nosler Partitions. After "TWO" lost deer in one day (one I watched the bullet center the lungs)and only one small speck of blood to show for it, he shot the biggest muley doe I have ever seen, broadside, slightly quartering away. When I pulled her lungs out they looked PERFECTLY healthy with the exception of a small hole. When I got her home and skinned her, the off-side shoulder almost fell off. That is 20+ inches of penetration befor expanding then BANG!!! The first two deer were shot broadside so it was the same as shooting them with a FMJ bullet. I'm still sick 10 years later. So I thought long and hard about it and I went back to what my dad used in a 243 when I was growing up; 90gr hollow points. When I was a kid a never understood all the articals about tracking deer after the shot; our deer never moved from where we shot them EXCLUDING shooter error).
I think the writers are on the payrole of big bullet companies so they are iclined to write about the "NECESSITY" of premium bullets for deer, and then go on to say something like; "at the shot the buck rared up ran into the brush. The guide found him 75 yards into the trees...full penatration of the whiz-bang-bonded-locked-tiped super bullet. My daughter's 4-point muley this year was ten feet from where he got hit with an 80gr Rem cor-loc because of kicking. My son shot a nice whitetail the same day with a 22-250 and 55gr "whatever bullet I had at the time." He didn't even quiver, just collapsed.
Bullet manufacturers are making tougher and stronger bullets now and when you shoot a deer with them they zip right through like a FMJ.
Standard deer (up to 150lbs) shot at standard distances (<350 yards) with standard calibers (243 - 30-06) need standard bullets (Speer hot core, rem cor loc, etc.) Premium bullets for deer is hogwash; but thats just MY opinion, I could be wrong!!!
Genises 27-3: Now therefore take, I pray thee, thy weapons, thy quiver and thy bow, and go out to the field, and take me some venison...