We have used HV bullets at substantially higher speeds than other bullets of similar weight. We find that meat damage remains at very acceptable levels. Why is this?
The usual connection between bullet speed and meat damage is entirely correct when applied to jacketed lead bullets. The faster you push them, the more they break up on impact and the more meat damage can be expected.
The important fact to note is that, the more they break up, the more meat damage there is.
Speed is blamed for meat damage where it is, in fact, bullet fragmentation that causes meat damage. A simple way to clear one's mind on this matter is to consider the following: Using two bullets of the same weight and fired at the same speeds, which will cause the most meat damage, a round nosed solid or a hollow point match bullet.
We have done extensive testing with regards to meat damage and speed and the results are available at the links below.
The 22x64 Experiment
GS Custom Bullets, situated in Port Elizabeth on the East Coast of South Africa, manufactures solid copper, turned, monolithic bullets for hunting and sport shooting. These bullets are used by hunters on several continents, hunting from the smallest of antelope to the largest of dangerous game, using the smooth HP bullet, as well as the more popular HV, FN and SP bullets with the patented drive band concept. GSC bullets are configured for the highest possible ballistic coefficients. SP bullets are mainly used for sport shooting. All GS Custom Bullets are moly coated.