125 gran Nosler Ballistip Tips
Years ago I bought some 125 grain Nosler Ballistic Tips in 30 caliber. I reloaded some for my buddy to use on a deer hunt. We had little time for load development so we loaded 5 different loads and picked the best of the 5. I think they shot an inch or just over at 100 yards.
He shot 4 whitetails in 2 days with the 125 grain BT's. One large doe, 2 small doe and a 125lb buck. On the large doe the bullet made it most of the way thru the deer but had a huge wound channel. It was dark and I shined a light in the hole and it looked like glitter all the way thru. I don't think we found anything but tiny pieced of the bullet. The bullet had similar results on the buck. The bullet made a complete pass thru on the 2 small doe.
None of the 4 took a step.
If I was doing it today I would back off that load some and slow the bullet down. I think we were driving it a little faster than we should have. Even at a near max loading, the recoil was no problem at all even for a younger shooter.
Now if you are looking for complete pass thru shots on deer sized game, I would stick with the 150 + grain bullets. If you are shooting smaller animals or don't care if you get a complete passs thru on a deer, I would try the 125 grain ballistic tips. I would not be afraid to shoot them again but I would stay with a middle of the road charge of powder, not max loadings. Keep the speed of the bullet at or below listed max speeds in which they were designed.
I am considering shooting them in a 308 I just picked up.