i do this every year- wait till the very last minute before a hunt to get my bubblegum together. i'm leaving tomorrow for Coastal Centerfire Buck, and all i've been able to find locally (i know, i know) is Federal Premium 60gr Vital Shok... nosler partition.. 3160fps as i recall, federal does their testing from an 22" barrel. going off the top of my head, i'm guessing that means i can expect about 2860fps from an 18" barrel, 2560 from a 14.5, and 2260fps from a 10.5"? the thought of using a carbine or SBR hadn't really hit me until yesterday. some of the hunt will be still hunting through undergrowth, and ranges will be about 75m at the maximum... if i take a shot in there, a more realistic expectation would be inside 50m. since it's all so close up, i figured it might be fun to take a shorter gun. with these velocity numbers (and i understand i could be off by 100fsp or more either way, i'm not a ballistititian), and with this load, what kind of terminal performance can i expect? i'm fairly up on effective range for fragmenting anti-people loads, but the soft-point hunting realm is something i'm just not at all versed in, with this caliber. is 2260 too slow for a soft-point? does it matter with soft-points? in other words- should i just leave my shorter guns at home, or can i use 'em?