Originally Posted by CRaTxn
And the bottom line is that in Africa if you miss and there is even the hint of a hit = you pay the thousand$ of dollars in trophy fee and get no animal.
Its one or the other, if you miss thats fine, if you hit the animal and blood is found and if anyone can the african trackers will find the blood, then the animal is wounded. Money aside I believe one is morally responsible to try and recover that animal. I have had to use follow up shots on wounded zebra and wildebeest both species known for their toughness and a raking TX heart shot was all I got. I was using a 375 H&H with Swift A frames and that concluded things. I dont know how well a buger bullet would have performed under those circumstances! In both cases my first shot was slightly off.
And yes there is a very big diff between a whitetail or similar sized animal v/s a tough african antelope like a wildebeest or zebra dont even talk about cape buffalo so while burgers will kill these smaller animals outright due to the explosive effect I am not so sure if that would be the case on bigger tougher animals.
And what happens if you mess it up and I dont care how good a shot anyone is, if you hunt long enough you will screw up a shot, and more so at longer ranges.
I don't have anything against burger bullets I am just questioning their effect especially on larger game. I have seen the videos by Best of the West and others and while the game drops in their tracks with high shoulder shots which paralyses the spine, I am not so sure what the outcome would be if a shot went off!
IMHO i believe that a SN bullet should expland but not explode completely.