This post was inspired from a recent discussion. I am doing a survey so everyone can give their oppinion in a fair manner. The veterans and the newbies, the varminters and the big game hunters, the benchresters and the stalkers (those who hunt by going light over a large distance. Not weirdo "stalkers"). The main question: What are the <u>most important factors for choosing a bullet you have never tried yourself.</u> I do not want to know why you like the bullet(s)you are using now. I will post a survey where you can choose only one factor and a survey where you can choose three factors. Here are the choice outlines. 1. Listed BC- This is the BC reported by the manufacturer or that derived by those you trust /ubbthreads/images/graemlins/wink.gif. 2. The bullet has a reputation of consistant dimensions from bullet to bullet and lot to lot. 3. The external shape is appealing. The ogive or boat tail or bearing surface length have a reputation for working well in guns like yours. 4. Internal design. It is bonded or has the jacket thickness you want or some other internal feature that sets it up as working well for you. 5. You have heard that it works well on big game mainly but leaves some varmins squirming. 6. You have heard that it works well on varmints mainly but would be borderline on deer and are not safe for elk. 7. It has a reputation for shooting accurately in a gun similar to yours. You don't worry that it may not be good in lots of guns. 8. It has a reputation for shooting accurately in many guns but in a few it may be a poor performer. 9. It has a reputation for great terminal performance at the velocities (as well as distances) that you intend on using it at. You want a great 400- 700 yard bullet for example. 10. It has a reputation for having adequate terminal performance over a large velocity (and distance) spread. You don't know where your next shot will be so you want a bullet that should do the job at 100- 800 yards. If there is another key factor for you, post it below.