posted on Apr, 1 2007 @ 12:09 AM
Originally posted by northwolf
I disagree on that, bigger bore = usually heavier bullet, and heavy bullets are less likely to stopped/deviated by foliage or smaller branches. This
is quite important in heavily wooded areas. And a slower and heavier bullet with the same energy as lighter and faster round will damage less meat.
These are proven facts.
Ps. Never use FMJ rounds when hunting. They will NOT kill the game immediately. Out here it's illegal to hunt with non-expanding ammo.
pps. the Ps. part only applies to "normal" conditions, in case of a survival situation i'll use APDU rounds to hunt if the other option is to
I tend to agree a bit with both of you. I like a bullet with some mass and ability to deliver energy on impact. I did not fully realize how this
worked until I purchased one of those .50 caliber black power Hawkin Rifles which became so popular some years back. THe round ball was about 180
grains but they also made some more modern bullets in some 250 to 300 grain weights. These bullets ...conical types..delivered huge amounts of energy
on impact. The ordinary round ball was no slouch or weakling..but these maxi bullets...Wow!! Mind you now...this rifle in black powder did not have
huge lightening velocitys as you see now days..but dont ever get in front of one. Very similar to a freight train..they may not be moving fast but
dont ever get in front of one.
This is where I began to get the understanding that hyper velocity is not everything.
Mind you now ..again that big bore rifles have their purposes. If I was hunting something like Cape Buffalo or Grizzley Bear..you want a gun which
will do more than just make them angry. This should be self explanitory but some people still prefer a hyper velocity gun to one which can deliver the
massive energy needed to put one of these animals down.
And Northwolf's point about deflection by foilage is right on too. Ive seen this with a 5.56 mm rifle. I dont believe this deflection or deviation
would have happened to such an extent if I had been using for example...my .35 Remington with a 200 grain round nose bullet. This caliber is a horse
too with proper expansion. It is not one of these hyper velocity cartridges that seem so popular now days.
The .308 is a commonly reloaded caliber among many hunters for peak performance. Lots of factory ammunition variety available for this too. Proper
bullet selection and placement are still needed with this cartridge to get best results..but this could be said of any cartridge.
I think the modern black powder rifles in .50 caliber have become popular once hunters began to realize how much energy these rifles can deliver
without the blinding speed of modern ammo. Added hunting time with the early primitive arms season has helped too.
Mind you now they are making much better black powder rifles with more modern materials today than in the past but it is still black powder. YOu only
get one good shot with these rifles so make it count.
Thanks to all for thier posts,