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Question by tony167n. Uploaded on June 30, 2009
either will do the job nicely .
Either will work, io would use the ballistic tips personally
Whitetails, I would stay with soft points. They are accurate for a couple hundred yards and that is all you need.
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.
Whichever your rifle likes better, unless you're long range hunting. In which case, ballistic tips are better.
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.
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.
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.
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.
i use remington core loks lead tips 150gr and do very well.
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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.
Save your money and get the "cheapos" unless your rifle loves one and hates the other.
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.
Agreed with WA Mtnhunter and + 1 for you sir!!!
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