By Gregor Woods
Editor: Hunting & Rifles, Magnum Magazine
This subject really needs a more comprehensive discussion than website space permits. Here I can but touch on some of the most important principles. The question, “Which calibre to choose” cannot be answered in general terms as there are too many variables. Talk of one calibre being “better” than another is meaningless. Better for whom? Better for what game category? Better for what hunting conditions? There is no simple answer – “terms and conditions apply”.
We must begin by asserting that there are other factors in the equation that are equally or more important than calibre choice, for example correct shot placement – without which no cartridge can be suitably effective. Likewise, if the mechanical construction of the bullet (projectile) is not adequate to the task of reaching and effectively destroying the vital organs (irrespective of what bones it may encounter en route) calibre choice means little.