Responsible......yes in so many ways!! The very reason that I use them is because the performance surpasses the lead core 160 grain bullets in terms of terminal effect, meat damage and lack of environmental and carcass contamination providing the ranges are kept sensible! It is a case of matching the specific bullet performance and velocity to the game and is in no way a poorly considered stunt using light for calibre varmint bullets. My 120 grain 7mm TTSX bullet is monometal and will enter the deer at 120g, expand immediately, create massive temporary and permanent cavitation and will still weigh 120g when it exits (which it will, even in the largest of red deer!) - unlike the lead core bullets that may leave around 50% of the bullet mass hanging around in the carcass and gralloch . The deer drop as if the hammer of Thor has descended upon it and I see FAR less meat damage than with conventional lead core bullets (even on Roe with the 7mm RM) as the particulate lead dust is absent. It is velocity that makes these monometal bullets work, so I wouldnt consider starting it out at the 2900fps that you suggest. My MV is a smidge under 3300fps with the 120g bullet which is not overpressure in any way. For the record I have also used many lead core bullets over the years and find that cup and core softpoint bullets are more likely to result in runners with equivalent shot placement than a fast, light monometal which most commonly cause the "drop right there" effect.A 120gr bullet at 2'900fps will drop 10 inches and drift 12/14 inches in a 15/20 mph wind at 300 yds,
Why do some of you insist on using silly light little bullets for a fine game animal like reds,
Is this the responsible face of shooting these day's.
I see from your post that respect for game is now measured in how heavy a bullet you use.... I can only assume that you must use a 700 Nitro, what is the drop like at 300 with that one??!! Sadly it doesnt say much for those that use a 100g bullet in 243 or a 55 g bullet in 222 Remington (obviously for Roe)