Unfortunately, as mentioned above, "gross score" hardly measures "every inch a buck grows". (The fact that “spread” or “air” between the beams is actually a measurement should make that pretty clear to begin with.)GROSS SCORES IS ALL I CARE ABOUT... every inch a buck grows is what its all about
All any scoring system does is assign a number to a rack that is hopefully somewhat indicative of the characteristics of the rack. While gross score will give you an extremely generic idea of what a rack looks like...Knowing the rest of the commonly accepted scoring data is the only way to start forming a real picture of the rack without actually handling it...assigning a "score" of 175" gross to a buck tells you very little about the character of the buck the score is designed to describe....assigning a full descriptive BnC "score" to a 175" gross buck with 15pts and 20" of non-typical growth that nets 170" is a far more meaningful "score"...The Full BnC score actually gives a real representative description of the character of the bucks.
Now, don't get me wrong "gross" is great...but most people that try to knock "net" do so primarily based on the misunderstanding that it "takes away" from a buck....the reality could not be farther from the truth...all "net" does is add to the usefulness of the score by making it much more descriptive of the likely characteristics of the rack.