Firstly i want to note that this is not a 'balistic tip for shooting deer, good or bad' question, nor is it a 'more dead is better than less dead'
I have been wondering what the benefits of ballistic tip rounds actually are.
Do they make the bullet expand quicker or more uniformly, more aerodynamic, more regular and less prone to damage (I have heard one person blame a miss on a BT deforming as it went out of the magazine into the breech, im dubious)
If we ignore for the time being varmint bullets which effectively 'explode' and concentrate on hunting BT's
In a .243 will ballistic tips cause more damage and penetrate less far than a soft point or a hollow point such as a sierra game king? (at the same speed)
Would we be better off using soft points (or something else that expands more slowly) for the larger deer species and to reduce meat damage.