My intent wasn’t to represent everyone shooting small bores. But if you’re a 300 RUM aficionado considering switching over, you aren’t going to be happy with a 223 or 6 mm with monos or other controlled expansion bullets. You can get comparable wound channels with small bores, but only with fragmenting bullets like those you mentioned. That said, even to controlled expansion bullets and monos can kill in the small bores. You just have less margin for error on accuracy because the wound channels are smaller, less range due to higher minimum upset velocities, and the animals you shoot are likely to travel further before they die.There are certainly people following that, but that’s a pretty broad brush. You make it sound as though the folks in the “small bore” (used for lack of a better collective term) threads are the only people using bullets like the tmk, Eldm, various bergers etc for hunting. This has been proliferating for quite some time now, following the growing popularity of long range shooting, even among those who don’t shoot long range. Many of the converts to smaller cartridges were likely already shooting those bullets. The industry has also been trumpeting the CM cartridges for a long time now as hunting rifles because of their shoot-ability compared to larger cartridges.
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