Need advice?

Discussion in 'Hunting Forum' started by ANAKINANAYA, May 24, 2011.

  1. ANAKINANAYA

    ANAKINANAYA New Member

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    I have hunted deer in south Texas for the past 10 years, i have always used 150 grain soft point reloads that i make. My question is if i were to use 125 grain soft points will this be good enough to take down a 8-10 point buck?
     
  2. hiwall

    hiwall Well-Known Member

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    If you put them in the right spot the deer won't care if it was a 125 or a 220 grain. Dead is still dead. The only thing you might have to concern yourself with is make sure they are big game bullets. If they are made for prairie dogs and such, the bullets won't hold together in big game(like deer). Also some rifles don't like to shoot light bullets very accurately. So if they are designed for big game and your rifle shoots them good then I would say you got a winning combination.
     

  3. wmille01

    wmille01 New Member

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    I try everything out at the range before I take it out in the field, I took my first deer with an old lever action shootin 45 long colt. One shot down, really depends on how good you are with the rifle. I shot mine in the head from roughly 40 yards, not once in 8 years have I taken a deer for a trophy I only care about the meat.
     
  4. c3shooter

    c3shooter Administrator Staff Member

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    125 grain WHAT??? C'mon, bud- y'all gonna make us drag the info outa ya?

    .38 Special? No. .270? Hell yeah! I would run some accuracy tests- depending on caliber, that will be a much shorter bullet- make sure your rifle likes it.
     
  5. wmille01

    wmille01 New Member

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    anything is possible, then again some people think that a 223 is too small of a round to take deer with. Personally I think that if it has the power to take down a man it can take down a deer, just depends where you put the shot.
     
  6. canebrake

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    Except the 5.56 isn't intended to take down one man. It's intended to wound one man and have two men taken out of battle to get the wounded soldier back to med help.

    The 5.56 shouldn't be thought of as having stopping power, it is a force multiplier that has combat interrupting power.
     
  7. Ploofy

    Ploofy New Member

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    It depends on your accuracy. Placement over power. If you can get a .22 into the deer's heart, it'll kill it just as dead as a .50 to the flank.
     
  8. JonM

    JonM Moderator

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    its a common myth that deer and people are the same. deer are far sturdier and their critical parts are buried much deeper than a human. people keel over much faster from much smaller wounds than wild animals.

    the 5.56 55grn fmj is a proven manstopper. but that doesnt mean its a good ethical hunting round.
     
  9. jpattersonnh

    jpattersonnh Active Member

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    Not sure how the .223 came up in this thread. But, I would not use one for Whitetail.
    As C3 stated, 125gr ???. One thing to keep in mind, is the bullet constructed correctly for the job?
    I shoot .308 150gr sp for whitetail, and also shoot 120gr, but those are varmint bullets. Not designed for medium game.
     
  10. Boggy5

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    Don't most states that allow high power rifles for deer have a minimum caliber you can use? I thought most states were .243's...could be wrong.
     
  11. ninjatoth

    ninjatoth New Member

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    My ex father in law used to hunt every year with a .22-250 and got alot of flak from others,but he always came back with dead deer,he loves small fast rounds,but he always takes neck shots with them.
     
  12. cpttango30

    cpttango30 New Member

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    Oh My HERE WE GO AGAIN.

    Getting my [​IMG] and taking a [​IMG]
     
  13. JonM

    JonM Moderator

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    most states just require centerfire some have minimum caliber
     
  14. 556plinker

    556plinker New Member

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    125 grain is plenty big enough as long as it is the proper bullet as stated earlier. A .243 shooting a bullet of that weight is more than adequate but as in any situation shoot placement is critical. The lowest caliber Missouri will allow is a 22 centerfire as long as it is NOT FMJ.., it has to be an expandable bullet. I would hate for the buck of a lifetime to get away after being hit due to lack of firepower. You can kill a deer with about anything but the chances increase with effective hits with larger bullets.
     
  15. powg

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    150 vs 125 ?

    i am going to assume you are using a .30 cal .....308 or 30.06 as 150 grn is the most common load . This being said . Using big game bullets such as the nosler partition or new barnes tsx , etc going from 150 to 125 would be great ...less recoil ,more speed ,flatter tracjectory at longer ranges provided your specific gun liked a particular load. Most .30 cal's love bullets in the 150 -168 grain . A 125 grain in 30.06 performance should mimic a .270 with the 130 grn . Im of the opinion that the time ,cost ,working up a new load etc is only productive if your getting recoil sensitive or training a newer ,younger shooter .There are also factory managed recoil loads .