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Which 308 ammo for deer hunting?

Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by BOW CEFUS, Aug 26, 2007.

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  1. BOW CEFUS

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    Which ammo would you guys suggest for deer hunting in California? What Grain, which manufacture.
     
  2. Regolith

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    Just about anything will work. 150 grain bullets seem to be popular. So do 165 and 168 grain. As for manufacturer....I personally use Remington Express Core-Lokt, but mostly because its cheap and easy to get. Best bet for you would be to try a bunch of different loads for your rifle and find one that is accurate out of your gun.
     
  3. Smokey Joe

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    What ammo...

    Bow Cephus--Regolith nailed it:
    Each rifle is an individual, and most have "likes" and "dislikes" when it comes to ammo.

    That said, IMHO, the 165 grain bullet is the ideal for a .30 cal rifle--You might well begin yr quest there.

    Yeah, buy the common, cheap Rem and Win and Fed ammo and try it--If it produces acceptable accuracy from yr weapon there is no need to look further. You don't need Uberbullets for deer; the ordinary ones will work just fine.

    Take rifle and ammo to be tested to the range. Benchrest the rifle so that you're testing the rifle/ammo combination, not your aiming/shooting ability, shoot targets with each brand of ammo, and probably one of the brands will work notably better. That is what you should use with THAT rifle.

    Good luck in yr quest. Enjoy. And, as always, the journey is part of the destination.
     
  4. glockman19

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    I use the Federal Vitak Shok in 150 & 165 grain in both .308 & .30-06 for hunting.
     
  5. jaholder1971

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    I've used 150 grain softpoints, 165 Sierra HPBT and 180 Nosler BT's I've handloaded and I really like the 180 BT's. Every deer I've hit with a Ballistic Tip drops right there.

    Some of the Federal 150 grain softpoints tended to cause a lot of meat bruising on exit from fragmentation. My 180's usually didn't exit but tore organs up badly inside.
     
  6. Sunray

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    You'll have to try a box of as many brands as you can to find the ammo your rifle shoots best. No two rifles will shoot the same ammo the same way. The .308 loves 165 grain bullets so start there.
     
  7. Pumpkinheaver

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    Any load from the major manufacturers with a bullet of at least 150 grains or heavier will be fine on deer. I have never found a box of factory ammo that was so inaccurate that I couldn't deer hunt with it.
     
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