After changing my ways and seeing how well 223 kills with good bullets I probably ain’t going back to the boomers.
Forgot to mention shot placement in my previous reply.
222 Remington and 50 gr. Nosler Ballistic tips will do just fine if one is able to do a CNS and the critter is DRT.
However, the nature of the terrain also plays a big part in my go to choices of 6.5 mm and up for the majority of my meat making.
The locations I hunt, typically if the animal is not DRT and one cannot find a blood trail within 10' of the point of impact, the animal is lost. That is why I like two big leaky holes.....
That if I have to track, I want a blood trail a blind man can wade in!
Here tracking at night in the cedar scrum is a no-go and coming back in the morning is a waste of time as the meat will be green from the temps or despoiled by hogs and other vermin.
Aoudad taken with a 9.3 x 62 and 250 gr. Accubond.
He was DRT, no tracking!