There’s a lot of very smart folks on here, And I’m not even going to pretend I know as much or more than many. My concern with using match bullets for hunting is terminal performance on the animal. The Hornady M match bullets have killed a lot of animals, as has the X hunting bullets. But when a blowup or a bullet fails to perform, it’s usually more common for a match bullet to fail to perform than a hunting bullet.
I’m not sure why I would use a match bullet for hunting when I can get almost the same great performance with a hunting bullet. When the manufacturers put in writing that their match bullets are not designed for hunting, why wouldn’t someone heed that advice.
I totally agree. I've had more than one brand of heavily constructed hunting bullet pencil through at times. I happened to be able to shoot two deer, each on different occasions standing in the same place from about 465yds. One was shot with the 147 eld. The other was shot with a 140 accubond from a 270 wsm. Both were lung/heart shots. Both animals went about 20 yards and fell dead.Because a tighter group means more to me than weather or not it's designed to hunt. As long as it's not a match bullet with a thicker jacket. I know that the eldm is going to expand. Probably very rapidly. I don't think the animal will know the difference. I'd rather have a bullet blow up in the vitals than not expand which is more likely to happen with a "hunting bullet" from my experience.