Lighter/Faster vs Heavier/Slower
At the risk of starting something controversial, I'll start this thread. Having hunted Coues deer for the last 6 years in Arizona, I have become a fan of lighter but faster loads. Distance is generally long and the diminutive Coues deer is pretty thin skinned.
I'm told that even smaller plains game in Africa have thick skin however and shooting distances tend to be under 200 yards. This tends to make me think that speed is less important and heavier bullets more important.
The primary gun I plan on hunting with is in .300 Win Mag. I'm leaning towards using TSX bullets that I'll be loading myself for my safari next year. I'm debating now between 180 and 200 grain bullets.
BTW, this safari will be for plains game with Kudu as probably the largest species on the list.