I like the soft pts better for deer. Even though that ain't enough gun. Just kidding. Was using mine today after axis. Plenty of gun if you can shoot.
Shot an HUGE axis doe with the VMAX. 180-200yd shoulder shot. Lungs were jelly. No blood trail, but she died a short distance away and we found her.
Of the 2 bullets mentioned in the OP the softpoint and after using them for numerous deer do not really like them.
So, you recommend the SP but don't like it? I'm kind of confused, sorry.
Then again I've killed mule deer does with a 222 50gr SP. shot placement
I've shot everything from a cottontail to nilgai and oryx with this same gun. Used 64gr power points on said three, all deer I've taken have been with various 55s, SP, BTHP (sierra), VMAX, Silvertip, Nosler BT.
One day I will have the 60gr Nosler Partitions in my ammo box. Not for a little mule doe hunt though.
I think it's safe to say that I'm gonna go with my gut and shoot the VMAXs. I like neck shots the most anyway.
Thank you all so much! Have a great night.