9 pages on a 9mm bullet - just amazing.
In post #17 I attempted to show the difference in actual wound channel - you know, where tissue actually gets destroyed.
In post #21 I attempted to show where muzzle energy is nothing more than a myth.
In post 59 you can see photos of what modern bullet designs are capable of doing - would I rely on that type of bullet performance every time? Sure would.
Just like I rely on the primer to ignite every time, the powder to burn every time. This is what those bullets were made to do and they do it well every time. Maybe someone has seen a recently manufactured Gold Dot act as a solid, well, I'm sure someone has seen a Federal primer not ignite as well - pretty rare in my opinion.
Bigger is better everything else being equal - however, as everyone has said a 1,000 times - shot placement is KING.
When I shot rifle bench rest in the Hunter Division, I started out with a 6MM thinking it was the best choice. After seeing a number of targets with 6mm holes being a frog's hair from cutting the X or 10 ring - I decided to move up to the 308 Winchester. That did help in cutting the higher rings - however, you had to place your bullet in the right spot in order to make that "extra" diameter work for you. I did place in the Top 20 in the Nationals with a 308 Winchester, so it worked for me.
Same here relative to this thread, missing a major artery by 1/16th of an inch is still a miss - a bigger diameter projectile would sever what the smaller diameter bullet misses - same with these bonded jacketed hollow points, no difference.
Nothing is magical - it either takes correct shot placement or Luck - both are winners. I'll shut up now and just keep reading opinions, as we all have them.