I have killed a fair number of animals with Hornady SST 123 grain w the Grendel. 5 Pronghorn, half a dozen pigs, 1 whitetail, 2 Aoudad.
The internet tells me they aren’t good bullets. My experience is that they work fine. Great in most cases.
The exit wounds on the Pronghorn were shocking.
Pigs all shot in the neck DRT.
Aoudad ram didn’t take one step. Aoudad ewe shot a bit low, but still didn’t go more than 5 yards before a second shot anchored her.
Whitetail fell DRT also.
I just loaded 100 more w 27.9 gr TAC. They shoot incredibly accurate groups. It’s my favorite Grendel bullet.
Yes they work. It’s not that people say they won’t but compile enough kills, not neck and head cause a 22 will do that.
After you compile a large enough number you notice that certain bullets over all do so much better than others.
I’ve killed hundreds of animals with the Grendel. Other bullets have worked but as an overall the hammers, cutting edge, Barnes and partition are all vastly better when talking about the smaller round.
Let say this man is only ever gonna go on this one hunt. Wounded pig is a paid pig.
He shoots one, only one that he doesn’t recover from poor bullet performance.
Now not only has he lot the hog but so much more money that spending a bit more for bullets.
I’ve been on to many trips with guys who bought cheap ammo. When it works they are kings of the bargain. But when it doesn’t they now just spend lots of money to try and save a buck.
It’s like not having house insurance. More than likely that works also but what if it doesn’t work out.