Recently I have been impressed by all of the opinions about bullet diameters, energy,and wound channels killing big game not energy. Conventional wisdom tells us the bigger the gun, the better. Now I cant argue with that kind of wisdom but I have a few questions and observations of my own. I'm going to direct my comments to a recent statement I read on this site that said, It's not the energy that kills, it's the wound Channel. Let's take for instance a 50 cal. muzzle loader, I have personally killed a half dozen deer with one. I have had it pick them up and almost throw them only to have them run off some distance before dying. The same can be said for archery equipment. I've killed numerous deer with an arrow. Never have I had one fall dead in its track's on an archery hunt. A large wound Chanel is always beneficial to locating your animal after it runs off. On the other hand I have shot somewhere around 30 - 35 Mule deer and 2 Elk with various 243 diameter cartridges, 6mm, 6-284, 6 short mag wildcat. What I have found is for instance. The 6-284 shooting a 87 gr. Hornady HP at 3570 fps. consistently kills faster than the deer killed by friend's Ive hunted with shooting 30.06 and other caliber's shooting much heavier bullet's than me. There bullet's typically shoot straight through providing a nice quarter or half dollar sized hole making them relatively easy to track. Mine on the other hand normally drop in their track's amazing the friend's that have witnessed the event. I know a lot of you are falling out of your chair right now to think I'm hunting big game with a varmint bullet. Now I'm not saying you should go hunting waterbuffalo with such a cartridge, but with any caliber it is my belief at least for the hand loader, there are bullets out there that can and will outperform the pass through conventional wisdom. Bullets tailor loaded to preform on different animals have the potential to drop animals in their tracks, no need for a heavy blood trail if your animal never ran off in the first place.