Each week we shall review the technical features of a manufacturer's bullets and discuss the advantages and benefits of these to the user. Questions forwarded to each shall be posted and commented on and members are invited to join the discussion.
The Category photo of the black wildebeest shows why a fairly heavy, well constructed cup and core bullet at below 2,600 ft/sec impact velocity is required to penetrate through the heart. At shooting distances below 180 yards on big game the typical high impact velocity of magnum cartridges invariably requires a premium bullet - particularly with those lighter than 160gr; the very reason these types came into existence. The skin, tendons, shoulder bone, then a rib, and then the repeat of all this at the opposite shoulder demands a strong bullet.
Look at the giraffe bull being skinned below. In all respects it demands the same premium bullet weight and performance as does a Cape buffalo. There was a visiting hunter with a .300 Weatherby Magnum and 150gr soft nose bullets and quite correctly the ranch PH (left in the photo below) declined and offered his .375 H&H loaded with 340gr Rhino solid shank bullets for free. The client decided to hunt elsewhere.