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Should i use Ballistic tips or regular soft points for hunting deer with a .30-06

Question by tony167n. Uploaded on June 30, 2009

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from Hunter Savage wrote 4 years 41 weeks ago

either will do the job nicely .

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from BigBboy25 wrote 4 years 41 weeks ago

Either will work, io would use the ballistic tips personally

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from huntcamp wrote 4 years 41 weeks ago

Whitetails, I would stay with soft points. They are accurate for a couple hundred yards and that is all you need.

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from Del in KS wrote 4 years 41 weeks ago

Either will do the job but bullistic tips have a slightly higher bullistic coeficient which means they will hold their velocity better and give you a slightly flatter trajectory. This only matters if you shoot long range. The deer won't know the difference.

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from steve182 wrote 4 years 41 weeks ago

Whichever your rifle likes better, unless you're long range hunting. In which case, ballistic tips are better.

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from Skeeb wrote 4 years 41 weeks ago

I've used soft points and hate the fact that deer run 40-50 yards after double lunging them. So I switched to ballistic tips and drop the every deer I shoot at right in its tracks.

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from Jim in Mo wrote 4 years 41 weeks ago

Use softpoints, end of discussion. Ballistic tips are good for long range, think pronghorn, but softpoints are made for deer at deer ranges, 25-infinity yards. And they are tough, more than modern day people want to give credit.

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from libertyfirst wrote 4 years 41 weeks ago

I've not had any problems with softpoint bullets on deer. I've never shot a deer with a 30-06 but I've shot quite a few with the 270 and 25-06 with softpoint bullets and simply can't find anything to complain about. They all go down very quickly and all are very dead.

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from jlfreeborn wrote 4 years 41 weeks ago

I have found that ballistic tips fragment more than the soft points and damages more meat. I would stick with soft points, but both will make things very dead.

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from rocky d bashaw wrote 4 years 41 weeks ago

i use remington core loks lead tips 150gr and do very well.

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from rocky d bashaw wrote 4 years 41 weeks ago

i use remington core loks lead tips 150gr and do very well.

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from Kentucky Hunter wrote 4 years 41 weeks ago

i like both i use soft points for 200 yards or closer shoots and for 300 to 500 yards or more i use ballistic tip winchester silver tips it just depends on where i am hunting and the longest possible shoot area i have. thats how i set the my rifle up for the hunt. but thier is more advantage in the ballistic tips i think over all.

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from Big O wrote 4 years 41 weeks ago

I like the "balistics" my self. Long range is great but I shot a doe at 10 FT. once and it knocked her down so bad it "cleared" the leaf's off the ground where she hit. 165gr. by the way.

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from BigWoodsHunter57 wrote 4 years 41 weeks ago

Deer dont have the toughest hides as far as big game go so I would say soft tip would work just as well. Depends on where your hunting too, if you think you are going to have 200-300-400 yard shots go with ballistic tip

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from country road wrote 4 years 41 weeks ago

The only reason I don't use ballistic tip is the amount of meat that is damaged. A couple of my hunting buddies have also had ballistic tips blow up on a shoulder blade in a quartering on shot (the deer died, but not quickly). Both bullets work, and there are plenty of tales about failure of soft points, too. That's just my opinion

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from 007 wrote 4 years 41 weeks ago

I prefer Hornaday interlocks in most everything. Having said that, my son and I do handload 150 gr. ballistic tips in our T/C .30-30 Winchester and .30 Herret handguns and they do very well.

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from WA Mtnhunter wrote 4 years 41 weeks ago

Whichever shoots best in your rifle. Not much on-game performance difference on deer. Both will make a mess at close range in either quarter. That's why the behind the shoulder shot is optimum for deer with serius deer rifles like an '06.

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from shane wrote 4 years 41 weeks ago

Save your money and get the "cheapos" unless your rifle loves one and hates the other.

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from DakotaMan wrote 4 years 40 weeks ago

Either will kill a deer and the deer will never know which one hit them. I use balistic tips for longer range shooting at deer on the prairie because the polimer tip keeps the point from being damaged in the magazine. This doesn't really make much difference on a 60 yard shot throught the brush but I think it is just one less variable to worry about with longer shooting.

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from rudyglove27 wrote 3 years 42 weeks ago

Agreed with WA Mtnhunter and + 1 for you sir!!!

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from huntcamp wrote 4 years 41 weeks ago

Whitetails, I would stay with soft points. They are accurate for a couple hundred yards and that is all you need.

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from Jim in Mo wrote 4 years 41 weeks ago

Use softpoints, end of discussion. Ballistic tips are good for long range, think pronghorn, but softpoints are made for deer at deer ranges, 25-infinity yards. And they are tough, more than modern day people want to give credit.

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from Hunter Savage wrote 4 years 41 weeks ago

either will do the job nicely .

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from BigBboy25 wrote 4 years 41 weeks ago

Either will work, io would use the ballistic tips personally

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from Del in KS wrote 4 years 41 weeks ago

Either will do the job but bullistic tips have a slightly higher bullistic coeficient which means they will hold their velocity better and give you a slightly flatter trajectory. This only matters if you shoot long range. The deer won't know the difference.

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from steve182 wrote 4 years 41 weeks ago

Whichever your rifle likes better, unless you're long range hunting. In which case, ballistic tips are better.

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from Skeeb wrote 4 years 41 weeks ago

I've used soft points and hate the fact that deer run 40-50 yards after double lunging them. So I switched to ballistic tips and drop the every deer I shoot at right in its tracks.

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from libertyfirst wrote 4 years 41 weeks ago

I've not had any problems with softpoint bullets on deer. I've never shot a deer with a 30-06 but I've shot quite a few with the 270 and 25-06 with softpoint bullets and simply can't find anything to complain about. They all go down very quickly and all are very dead.

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from jlfreeborn wrote 4 years 41 weeks ago

I have found that ballistic tips fragment more than the soft points and damages more meat. I would stick with soft points, but both will make things very dead.

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from rocky d bashaw wrote 4 years 41 weeks ago

i use remington core loks lead tips 150gr and do very well.

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from rocky d bashaw wrote 4 years 41 weeks ago

i use remington core loks lead tips 150gr and do very well.

+1 Good Comment? | | Report
from Kentucky Hunter wrote 4 years 41 weeks ago

i like both i use soft points for 200 yards or closer shoots and for 300 to 500 yards or more i use ballistic tip winchester silver tips it just depends on where i am hunting and the longest possible shoot area i have. thats how i set the my rifle up for the hunt. but thier is more advantage in the ballistic tips i think over all.

+1 Good Comment? | | Report
from Big O wrote 4 years 41 weeks ago

I like the "balistics" my self. Long range is great but I shot a doe at 10 FT. once and it knocked her down so bad it "cleared" the leaf's off the ground where she hit. 165gr. by the way.

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from BigWoodsHunter57 wrote 4 years 41 weeks ago

Deer dont have the toughest hides as far as big game go so I would say soft tip would work just as well. Depends on where your hunting too, if you think you are going to have 200-300-400 yard shots go with ballistic tip

+1 Good Comment? | | Report
from country road wrote 4 years 41 weeks ago

The only reason I don't use ballistic tip is the amount of meat that is damaged. A couple of my hunting buddies have also had ballistic tips blow up on a shoulder blade in a quartering on shot (the deer died, but not quickly). Both bullets work, and there are plenty of tales about failure of soft points, too. That's just my opinion

+1 Good Comment? | | Report
from 007 wrote 4 years 41 weeks ago

I prefer Hornaday interlocks in most everything. Having said that, my son and I do handload 150 gr. ballistic tips in our T/C .30-30 Winchester and .30 Herret handguns and they do very well.

+1 Good Comment? | | Report
from WA Mtnhunter wrote 4 years 41 weeks ago

Whichever shoots best in your rifle. Not much on-game performance difference on deer. Both will make a mess at close range in either quarter. That's why the behind the shoulder shot is optimum for deer with serius deer rifles like an '06.

+1 Good Comment? | | Report
from shane wrote 4 years 41 weeks ago

Save your money and get the "cheapos" unless your rifle loves one and hates the other.

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from DakotaMan wrote 4 years 40 weeks ago

Either will kill a deer and the deer will never know which one hit them. I use balistic tips for longer range shooting at deer on the prairie because the polimer tip keeps the point from being damaged in the magazine. This doesn't really make much difference on a 60 yard shot throught the brush but I think it is just one less variable to worry about with longer shooting.

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from rudyglove27 wrote 3 years 42 weeks ago

Agreed with WA Mtnhunter and + 1 for you sir!!!

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