Choosing bullets for magnum rifles
There's a little bit of discussion on another thread on here about bullet blowup and tissue destruction from .300 magnum rifles, huge exit holes, etc. I've always thought that this type of stuff results from choosing the wrong bullet for what your hunting. What does everyone else think? For example, I do think that the .300 mags are one of the more "victimized" rounds for this stuff. Most of the .30 caliber bullet development has been, though not so much anymore, for the .30-06. So bullets are made to perform at '06 velocities. Run these same bullets through a .300 magnum at 300 to 500 fps faster and you have a problem waiting to happen. The bullet cannot with stand the impact velocity and comes apart unless it impacts at 300 yards or more and has slowed down some.
To me, the purpose of a magnum rifle is twofold. You either shoot the same bullet faster or you shoot a bigger bullet. I never understand guys choosing a .300 mag and 150 grain plain vanilla bullets for deer in PA and then complain that it blew up. If you don't want tissue destruction that is where apremium bullet is needed, or shoot a heavier bullet that is constructed tougher.
I am way off here??? I am interested in hearing what people think on this. Also interested in hearing some bullet choices that you shoot out of magnum rifles and why you shoot them.
I'm sure some will disagree with some of what I've said so I'm NOT trying to start anything, just trying to gain some other perspective here and see what folks are thinking on this topic.