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A trend towards heavier
I think I have noticed a trend toward heavier bullets in 20th century firearms. The desire to shoot 200 gr bullets in military firearms designed for 140-150 bullets seems to be kinda universal. Me, I'm a recoil wimp and tend to go low rather than high. I admit to not hunting, but wonder if a 200 gr 6.5 x 55 or the same in a 8x57 is a lot more deadly than the 140 and 150 gr original loading. I'm curious.
I go opposite....I get 33 gr bullets for the .22 Hornet at about 3100 fps and it will do anything in a Hornet that a 45 gr traditional load with 2400 at 2200 fps. A 150 gr .308 which is fine in my M1a isn't as accurate as a 168 gr match bullet, but it has a helluva less recoil and doesn't endanger my operating rod.
So I wonder about heavy bullets in old 20th Century firearms. I guess I don't know why, when the standard loads of 140-150 gr bullets were considered suitable for human animals. Am I wrong in my assumptions? Why heavy when a lighter bullet will and has done the job?
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