I perused through my new Sports Afield magazine last night and found an article by one of my favorite writers, Dr. Kevin Robertson. He is the author of the book 'Perfect Shot' with the anotomically correct animals showing the vitals and where to shoot. He not only is one of my favorite authors by favorite PHs as well and we share a common philosophy about calibers and bullets.
This article was about buffalo hunting, one of my favorite subjects as well, and he wrote about appropriate calibers and the "myth of kinetic energy" as a measure of killing power. He made an analogy which I thought was unique and very fitting. He likened the 4000 ft. lbs. of K.E. of the 375 H&H to the 4000 ft. lbs. of a 40 grain aspirin tablet traveling at 6800 fps. They produce almost exactly the same kenetic energy but certainly not the same killing power, bringing "bullet" construction, once again, into the equation. I had never seen this before and though it quite interesting.
Now I don't know what an aspirin tablet weighs but will accept his numbers. I'm pretty sure he can handle that. He also once again brings up Taylors KO values. With this field proven concept, it gives less consideration for the higher kinetic energy figures of the super magnums, and more to that of bore size, bullet weight and construction, momentum and sectional density. A good read for sure.
Now what works for buffalo in Africa will work for brown bears here in Alaska, too. So what think ye on this well used subject?