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What is the best grain bullet for a 300 win mag for whitetail deer hunting?

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from scratchgolf72 wrote 3 years 1 week ago

probably a 165

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from shane wrote 3 years 1 week ago

180. Won't tear them up as bad at short range, carries better at long range.

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from Clay Cooper wrote 3 years 1 week ago

Out west, hands down the Hornady 130 grain soft point!

Doubles equally as critter load!

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from Treestand wrote 3 years 1 week ago

The 150gr GMX by Hornady, Good for close up and long range!

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from 007 wrote 3 years 1 week ago

Mine likes 180 grain Hornday Interlocks.

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from DSMbirddog wrote 3 years 1 week ago

165 gr Hornady SST for whitetail and mulies. These shoot very well in my Savage.

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from WA Mtnhunter wrote 3 years 1 week ago

I don't have .300 magnum, but I would probably use a 165 grain TSX or TTSX which is what I shoot in my .30-06 a few fps slower.

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from Christian Emter wrote 3 years 1 week ago

Well if you do ballistics on different bullets you can really create a good shooting machine, my dad shoots either a 165 or 180 grain bullet out of his and it hits dead on.

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from Ontario Honker ... wrote 3 years 1 week ago

Yes, a 300 Win Mag is overkill. But if that's what you're stuck with, use the heavier load (at least 180 grain). It won't blow em up so bad.

Clay, you are ... Listen, don't be telling people to do stupid stuff like that. They just might do it. If you get a kick out of blowing things to itty-bitty pieces, go play on the range with zipper rounds and watermelons. Atomizing game animals is not ethical, nor is it necessary. For varmit hunting it's okay. Most of us just shoot them and leave what's left for the birds. But game hunting is about putting stuff on the table, not blowing it all over the hillside.

Shooting high speed bullets that are undersized length with respect to width (i.e. light weight magnum bullets) produces a terrible tendency to tumble on impact. When I shoot an animal broadside in the front end, I don't want the bullet coming out through its ham. Or making an exit hole big enough for a cat to crawl through (D-8 variety).

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from Ontario Honker ... wrote 3 years 1 week ago

Or making more than one exit hole.

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from Ontario Honker ... wrote 3 years 1 week ago

Or leaving the lee side bloodshot from head to tail.

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from Keith Costley wrote 3 years 1 week ago

Any grain bullet that you can consistantly put in the vitals.

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from RES1956 wrote 3 years 1 week ago

165 would probably be my first choice in a .300 Win. 180 would be my next choice. The reason you shoot a big caliber is to have energy available at extended distances to kill a deer. A 180 gr. bullet will probably have as much or more velocity at 300 yards than a 150 grain bullet. In .308 or 30/06 velocities, a 150 gr would probably be the better choice, but with a .300 Win, you will have enough velocity to get good expansion with the heavier bullet.

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from Sarge01 wrote 3 years 1 week ago

I have used everything from 125 Balistic Tips to 165 Hornady SST's and I prefer 150 Hornady Interbond. Most of our shots are under 200 yards.

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from DakotaMan wrote 3 years 3 days ago

The 150-180 Hornady Interbond is good. All a little overkill for deer but they will all work fine. I usually use the 165s but can't say I notice much difference across this range of bullets. If very long range shots are likely (over 500 yards), I prefer the Berger 210 hunting bullet. It is superbly accurate at long range.

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from 300winmag wrote 2 years 40 weeks ago

150grain-165grain.

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from 300winmag wrote 2 years 40 weeks ago

150grain-165grain.

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from Ontario Honker ... wrote 3 years 1 week ago

Yes, a 300 Win Mag is overkill. But if that's what you're stuck with, use the heavier load (at least 180 grain). It won't blow em up so bad.

Clay, you are ... Listen, don't be telling people to do stupid stuff like that. They just might do it. If you get a kick out of blowing things to itty-bitty pieces, go play on the range with zipper rounds and watermelons. Atomizing game animals is not ethical, nor is it necessary. For varmit hunting it's okay. Most of us just shoot them and leave what's left for the birds. But game hunting is about putting stuff on the table, not blowing it all over the hillside.

Shooting high speed bullets that are undersized length with respect to width (i.e. light weight magnum bullets) produces a terrible tendency to tumble on impact. When I shoot an animal broadside in the front end, I don't want the bullet coming out through its ham. Or making an exit hole big enough for a cat to crawl through (D-8 variety).

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from scratchgolf72 wrote 3 years 1 week ago

probably a 165

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from Treestand wrote 3 years 1 week ago

The 150gr GMX by Hornady, Good for close up and long range!

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from Ontario Honker ... wrote 3 years 1 week ago

Or making more than one exit hole.

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from Ontario Honker ... wrote 3 years 1 week ago

Or leaving the lee side bloodshot from head to tail.

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from shane wrote 3 years 1 week ago

180. Won't tear them up as bad at short range, carries better at long range.

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from Clay Cooper wrote 3 years 1 week ago

Out west, hands down the Hornady 130 grain soft point!

Doubles equally as critter load!

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from 007 wrote 3 years 1 week ago

Mine likes 180 grain Hornday Interlocks.

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from DSMbirddog wrote 3 years 1 week ago

165 gr Hornady SST for whitetail and mulies. These shoot very well in my Savage.

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from WA Mtnhunter wrote 3 years 1 week ago

I don't have .300 magnum, but I would probably use a 165 grain TSX or TTSX which is what I shoot in my .30-06 a few fps slower.

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from Christian Emter wrote 3 years 1 week ago

Well if you do ballistics on different bullets you can really create a good shooting machine, my dad shoots either a 165 or 180 grain bullet out of his and it hits dead on.

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from Keith Costley wrote 3 years 1 week ago

Any grain bullet that you can consistantly put in the vitals.

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from RES1956 wrote 3 years 1 week ago

165 would probably be my first choice in a .300 Win. 180 would be my next choice. The reason you shoot a big caliber is to have energy available at extended distances to kill a deer. A 180 gr. bullet will probably have as much or more velocity at 300 yards than a 150 grain bullet. In .308 or 30/06 velocities, a 150 gr would probably be the better choice, but with a .300 Win, you will have enough velocity to get good expansion with the heavier bullet.

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from Sarge01 wrote 3 years 1 week ago

I have used everything from 125 Balistic Tips to 165 Hornady SST's and I prefer 150 Hornady Interbond. Most of our shots are under 200 yards.

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from DakotaMan wrote 3 years 3 days ago

The 150-180 Hornady Interbond is good. All a little overkill for deer but they will all work fine. I usually use the 165s but can't say I notice much difference across this range of bullets. If very long range shots are likely (over 500 yards), I prefer the Berger 210 hunting bullet. It is superbly accurate at long range.

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from 300winmag wrote 2 years 40 weeks ago

150grain-165grain.

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from 300winmag wrote 2 years 40 weeks ago

150grain-165grain.

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