I've shot controlled expansion bullets at pronghorns for decades for that reason. Mostly partitions, accubonds and now the Hornady GMX. Since antelope are small, I do not wish to waste meat on them.
The Hornady ELD-X out of my 6mm Creedmor last year expanded worse than my varmint bullets. It's been replaced with the 90 grain GMX for this year, assuming by some outrageous amount of good luck I draw a license.
Controlled expansion is the way to go for meat hunting.
A 165 partition through the ribs works for me.So this year is my second year hunting antelope. Last year I hunted with a 30-06 with a 150 grain bullet I was lucky enough to get a Antelope doe. But the 150 grain bullet put a little bit of a bigger hole then I expected. Does any one have a better bullet for a 30-06 that may not have as hard of a punch but will still put down an antelope.
Yeah, I'm 3/3 on getting these to shoot from 30-06 rifles and they shoot flat and kill awesome. They do tend to lose petals in shoulders so trim carefully.If your '06 will shoot them well, a 130 TTSX.
You will be happier with the Nosler E-Tip in the 25-06 than with the Barnes. IMHO, Barnes TSX bullets are too hard for a deer bullet in most rifles.It'll work but it wouldn't be my first choice for thin bodied antelope unless you're shooting for bone. If you need a Barnes bullet, the LRX would be a better choice. Fragmentation is a benefit I enjoy when shooting antelope.