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I never allowed my kids to hunt with hollow points and I never have ever. I think it's misplaced technology.

It won't work on your 500g bullet unless it's dead soft, in which case you're LOSING ALL of the benefits of the hard cast LBT style bullets.

If it is dead soft you'll want to cast or size it smaller than hard cast because it will obturate under pressure, which hard cast doesn't and is why they're sized over groove size.

A dead soft lead bullet will kill without being a hollow point, and will expand also, the buffalo were wiped out with them. But you will give up all the advances and advantages of hard cast bullets, like no lead in the bores, thru and thru penetration, etc.

Oh, sorry, I'm repeating myself already.. ;)
 

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Why do you consider hollow points misplaced technology? Is this for all hollow points, or just in certain calibres? I am curious, as all the deer that I have shot with hollow points have dropped.
Also, there is no need to cast soft bullets smaller. The obturation just won't happen if the bullet is already groove diameter, which is a good thing.
I personally wouldn't go with a hollow point in 500 grain, but I am quite happy with my hollow point in 405 grain. The real issue is whether or not it has a flat nose, or rounded. A round nose hard cast bullet won't produce the same effect as a flat nose hard cast, and almost the same would apply with soft cast bullets.
As for leading, it all depends how fast you are trying to push your bullets. The original poster never talked about that.
Hi Al

Sorry, I missed your question. I consider hollowpoints misplaced tech in hunting applications. I carry them in my hand guns for self defense purposes. As soon as I get out of a city I switch up to hardball or hard cast because I want the penetration that I don't want in town. When I hunt I want two holes, and if I don't get it I change bullets or calibers until I do.

If I have to shoot a bad guy, and I pray that I never do, I want the hps to open big and cut deep without exiting.

Millions of buffalo were killed with dead soft lead bullets in the 500g range. They were driven by black powder. If I were to use them I would use black or a smokeless bp equivilent.

For hunting I carry hard cast and run it at moderate to slow velocities. That's just me I suppose. It's what I think of as appropriate technology for game. I don't care if my hunting bullet expands, I'd rather it didn't because I want it to keep the flat meplat all the way through.

Sorry if I'm rambling too much.

Regards,

Grizz
 
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