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30.06 Mule Deer factory ammo

Discussion in 'Hunting' started by VegasAR15, Sep 19, 2012.

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  1. H&Hhunter

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    And of course just the opposite is true, as mentioned above.
     
  2. Lennyjoe

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    Or, you could enter the world of reloading............like some of us....;)

    I've shot many a factory loaded ammo but my Savage 110 loves 165gr Sierra Gamekings over IMR 4350. Using the same bullet, but in hollow point instead of soft point made a big difference. The exit would with the hollow point 165gr Gamekings was gruesome. The soft points did a much better job.

    Like others have said, shoot what you got and works the best for you. No need spending big bucks on deer. Elk, Bear, Moose or Caribou, then maybe but for for Mulies and Whitetails, you'll be fine with what you have.
     
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    Shoot what you are already sighted in for. In a 30-06 at the ranges we have any business shooting at the animal won't know the difference. This close to season, why bother resighting for different ammo and learning a new trajectory curve due to new ammo? Just two more things that can go wrong for you.

    If you have sighted with Core-lokt stay with it. That ammo has worked for decades...and I don't recall the deer getting tougher or using ballistic armor in the last 27 years I have been shooting them.
     
  5. VegasAR15

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    I am sticking with the Hornady SST 180 grains. I went shooting last weekend and fine tuned it a tiny bit. Hopefully I see something good to put it into. I am leaving tomorrow night, season opens at sunrise Friday morning. SUPER EXCITED!
     
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    vegas... good choice. sst 180gr. if you are accurate and confident go for it. have a great trip, please post pictures of your success
     
  7. VegasAR15

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    Second day of season today, about thirty minutes after sunrise. 180 grain SST at 300 yards. Took it in the neck and dropped like a sack of bricks and stayed there. This by the way is the first animal I have ever harvested.

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  8. bpl

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    Congrats! That's a hellava first animal to harvest! :D
     
  9. sixgunner455

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    That's a very nice buck. Congratulations!
     
  10. H&Hhunter

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    Very very very super ultra cool!!!:)

    Congratulations!
     
  11. VegasAR15

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    In case anyone is wondering what a 180 grain SST exit wound looks like at 300 yards here you go. It hit the spine and obliterated it.

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    Another vote for the SST.

    I'm glad its been demonstrated above- this bullet gets mixed reviews by some, but I love its performance in every way imaginable.
     
  13. 22-rimfire

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    I also think you should use what shoots well. But if I had to choose without a lot of testing, I would choose Remington 150 gr core-lokt for deer hunting. We all like 1 MOA accuracy, but the reality is that for most hunting situations, it is not necessary.

    Congratulations VegasAR15. That is a nice buck and very nice pictures.
     
  14. MachIVshooter

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    Congrats, nice animal.

    As for ammo, obviously your selection worked. And any normal bullet design and weight in .30-06 is more than adequate for mulies at any reasonable range.
     
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