I have fallen out of the long range accuracy shooting (cost) and over the last few years focusing on real world hunt shooting. Having a very limited time crunch (new family dynamics) and budget I have been researching ballistics and maximizing my range time with hunting rounds not match grade as in previous years.
In researching what will work for me and my intended hunts I have began to question my traditional thinking, which I believe we all should. This questioning is based off of research and ballistics comparisons of many factors in ammo. Velocities, flight path, weight, bullet construction, energy delivery, etc. It now seems that the standard 180 grain .30 bullet at ~2800 fps might be old school and while it still is amazingly effective there might be better options available.
I have graphed and plotted 3 different rounds at different weights and velocities and discovered that a 150 grain bullet @ 2950 fps actually (on paper) has more energy delivered to target at all ranges and flatter shooting than a 180 @ 2800 or even a 168 @ 2885. I am wondering why would I not switch to this bullet?
So I ask for feedback and an open discussion on what everyone thinks, feels, and knows. I am looking for real experience or data, not the typical "I use this and it has worked so it's the best" dialog and attitude.
I will get started by a good read from Chuck Hawks.