I am not an "absolutist" on that....I DO believe that there logical, rational choices in size of round for the game we are hunting. But, frankly....this recent Elk kill has caused me to re-evaluate a bit. I was nervous about using what I considered a "light" caliber - the 6.5 PRC on bull Elk. That was based on many years of experience with older "experienced" ballistics, bullet design, and powders.. But, the truth is that computer modeling and technological advances - just like in every other industry - have created better, more accurate calibers and ammo. For the record - the round used was a Hornady 147 ELD-M. Not the hunting designed ELD-X. The bullet un-furled into a shape that more closely resembled a Black Talon pistol load..... Weight ration was about 80%. The bullet was recovered under the hide on the far side of the animal - clearly delivering all of it's energy into the carcass, for maximum shock.It’s not how big the bullet you shoot, but rather how accurate you can shoot it.
Agreed! Their out-of-the-box accuracy and DIY friendliness are hard to beat, esp. at their price point. I have a few Savage actions builds and all shooters. I still have 3 in factory form and all shooters with my hand loads.I do not have a Savage, but I certainly won't knock them. There's a gent shooting one in the factory class IBS in 6.5 Creedmoor and it has had quite a few 5-shot groups under 6" at 1000 yds. Smallest I think was about 3.5".