Bullets Solids Versus Expanding
I was curious who used solids and soft points and for what game. I noticed while re-reading one of my favorite Capstick novels that he seemed to prefer the .375 with solids for virtually every type of game. I did a little research and even found an article he'd written explaining why he held this preference. More logistics than anything for that period of time and the location.
I think my experience has been similar to many of yours: we eventually find something that is readily available, works well, and priced right that is what we tend to stick with. I have used expanding bullets on most game I hunt and never have had a problem with the various rounds or their performance. Recently though I made a switch to solids for my light rifle. I hunt Germany primarily and the small (well very small) Reh Deer were just getting torn up by high performance expanding bullets. I switched to a mid weight solid at average pressures and speeds. (30-06 145gr Solid Low Recoil @ 2375 fps) The results have been noticeable. No more overly traumatic shock damage. No more wasted meat. Surprisingly enough, no lost game either. The occasional blood trail is heavy and short. Good shot placement is always important and that is no different with the solids.
What are your thoughts on this?