A question that my dad and I have had is What would be the perfect bullet for dropping deer and antelope sized game in their tracks? We wanted something that would transfer lots of hydrostatic energy and absolutely smash and destroy the vitals to the point where there was now way their body could function after being shot. Some bullets we have tested were the 125 grn nosler ballistic tip, the 155 grn berger vld, and a 208 grn hornady amax. all of these were tested out of a 300 winchester magnum. I did some wet newspaper tests on all three bullets. The 125 grn nosler ballistic tip is going at 3650 fps. I am using 84 grns of Rl 22 out of a 26'' barrel. it penetrated through 13 inches of wet newspaper and all that was left was a 31 grn copper base, the rest of the bullet was turned to dust. the point at which there was maximum expansion was at 6inches into the wet newspaper. we have shot several antelope with this bullet and all but one of them dropped in their tracks. those that were shot broadside had a small exit hole. overall there was 25% weight retention and 94 grains of that bullet that turned to dust. The 155 grn berger vld is loaded with 81 grns of Rl 22 and are chronographed at about 3500 fps. It went through about 10 1/2 inches of wet newspaper and what was left was a 36.5 grain mushroom. This means that there was 118 grains of bullet that had turned to dust. Shot two antelope with them and one of them ran about 40 yards. the bullet was stuck just under the skin on the otherside of the antelope. this was a perfect broadside shot at 375 yds. the other was a frontal shot at 115 yards and that antelope hit the dirt. overall there was 23% weight retention. The 208 amax is my bullet of choice when it comes to shooting thin skinned game. It penetrated through about 12.5 inches of wet news paper. the mushroom i found weighed 83 grains. this bulled is loaded with 74 grns of Rl22 and is pushing about 3080- 3100 fps. i have yet to shoot any game with it though, all of the hunting reports I have heard with that bullet have been good. People say that their game drops as soon as they get hit. Over all there was 125 grains of bullet turning to dust and there was 40% weight retention. I think that this is the perfect bullet because of its long range capabilities of 1200 yds plus. the other bullets are limited to about 700 or 800 yards. also there will be exit holes on my game which will allow for a blood trail if I make a bad hit. though with a 125 grains of bullet "blowing up" a gut shot animal will not go far, which will allow for another follow up shot. What do you guys think decision of bullets on this size of game?