My experience from 60 years hunting in Africa is that the principle of “horses for courses” can also be applied to bullets. For general plains game hunting, with non magnum rifles, on the Africa open plain, where shots are often in excess of 200m, a well constructed bullet with a good BC is a favorite. Such as the Sierra Game King SPBT, Hornady, PMP etc. They give minimum drop and will perform satisfactory if shot placement is within the vital triangle. These bullets are relative cheap, hence the hunter can practice often to ensure that his shot placement is on target.based on my older than dirt experience,punch bullets for straight walled cartridges,woodleigh hydro static stabilized solids for bottle neck cartridges.just my opinion and ill stake my life on it.to each his or her own.
For close bushveld hunting where shots are seldom take further than 150 meter stronger constructed bullets are required, especially when magnum calibers are used. As far as I am concerned any of the premium grade bullets will do the job in these circumstances.
When it comes to the bigger soft skin animals such as Eland, Moose, Elk, Brown Bear, Lion, etc. larger calibers are preferred such as 9,3 x 62; 375 H&H and many more. Any well constructed “standard’ soft nose bullet in these calibers will do the job.
The tough thick skin animals such as Hippo, Cape Buffalo, Rhino, etc. requires premium bullets in adequate calibers from .375H&H upwards. Although all of these have been taken with smaller calibers such as .30 it is not to be tried by the novice. The argument which is best soft or solid is a topic without conclusion. However, as far as I am concerned the expanding solid bullets such as Barnes X or TSX and others solves this problem. I stick to Barnes X, albeit with one warning, ensure that the punch hole in the bullet tip does not get clogged up.!!