I have used Hornady 500gr FMJ RN cartridges during 2 hunts in Africa. Both netted 2 fine examples of cape buffalo. Matched with the .458 Lott they have proven devastating on both animals. Have experienced no issues with jacket/core separation. The debate goes on forever as to which bullet manufacturer produces the best bullet for a given type of hunting. Maybe it has been good luck, but I have found most to hold up to it's assigned chore. My hunts have gone from prarie dogs to african game. Hornady gets both thumns up. Ps. Lot of good comments here!!
Awesome, thanks again for the feedback Pushbow. I have yet to hear of an actual hunter who has come forwards with a genuine problem with the Hornady solid (original), most negative views seem to be based on opinion rather than experience which I don't mind but Ias I have been studying the solids, I wanted to get broad feedback from those who have actually used it.
As for the Woodleighs, yes, I have had good results with these. I have also just put up an article on my website about a wild cattle hunt (New Zealand) using the .375 RUM and Woodleigh soft points, completely unfair on the Woodleigh bullets but they worked fine. The article is at http://www.ballisticstudies.com . I have put in a couple of autopsy pics as well, always interesting.
It would seem logical to me that most manufacturers design and market bullets based the comparative analysis of many rounds fired. I am not doubting the personel experiences of hunters, although it is equally unfortunate that many comments seem to be based on what one reads, or hears from another. Both PH's that I spent time with in Africa swore by the bullets they put their lives on the line for. One swore on Hornady FMJ RN. Both hunters used the .458 Lott and treasured it's abilities. No caliber or the rifle that delivers it's payload can and will ever compensate for improper shot placement. I am not accusing anyone of bragging, although bragging rights start when the game is down, not on the bullet in one's cartridge holder. Should I get the chance to hunt again in Africa, after I hit the Florida Lottery, I would be glad to try a bullet other than Hornady.
I have always looked for ways to save money and gain skills. I have the firearms basics covered so I rarely buy firearms these days. But I do watch for bargains. Sometimes a little TLC with simple tools will let you bring an old gun back to life without investing a lot of money. One such find was a side by side 12 gauge marked “W. Richards” It is not from the fine English gun maker Wesley Richards, it is a cheap knock off copy probably made in Belgium about a hundred years ago...