What is the best weight 308 bullet for hunting white tail?

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  1. Georgiahunter

    Georgiahunter New Member

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    What's the best weight for hunting white tail?
     
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  2. Hawg

    Hawg Active Member

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    Best will depend on shooter preference. I prefer a 165.
     

  3. spittinfire

    spittinfire New Member Supporter

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    I use 150gr because I dont' think anything more is needed for whitetail and I like that it's a little flatter shooting. It is also available in factory loads with a number of different bullets and since I reload, there is A LOT of load data.

    In all honesty, I wouldn't be afraid to use anything from 130gr to 180gr for deer here in NC, although 180 is a bit heavy. If you go to 200+ you might get some funny looks.
     
  4. rigjumpr

    rigjumpr New Member

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    old school=30-30
     
  5. Wambli

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    150gr has been enough to put down every deer I've shot with a .308 for years...
     
  6. powg

    powg New Member

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    .308 for whitetails

    Very simple ........Winchester 150 grn ....PowerMax hollow points in the red box ....developed specifically for whitetailed deer ... I have used them and they perform as advertised .
     
  7. Silvertip 44

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    I like the Sierra 165 gr. Gamekings both the HPBT and SBT in my .308s. The reason is that the point of impact is very close to the 168 gr. Matchkings that I use for target shooting and I only have to change my zero by two clicks of elevation. Here in Georgia the 150 should be a very good choice and I hunted with them for many years in .30-06.
     
  8. Gatoragn

    Gatoragn Active Member

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    150 grain Hornady SST.
     
  9. dunerunner

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    What rifle and twist? What type of of terrain (open ground, brush, forest, etc.)?

    That said, 165 grain Barnes TSX Boattails or 168 grain Berger Match Hunting VLD with absolutely none of the rifle information provided. As said above it will be personal preference.
     
  10. lonewolf101

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    I would say between 150-168 should be in the range to kill a deer.
     
  11. lonyaeger

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    Nosler AccuBond is my favorite, closely followed by the Sierra Game King, both in 150 grains. My .308 shoots both really well.
     
  12. jpattersonnh

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    I also really like 165gr game king. I bought some 150gr Barnes XFB (TSX) for a rifle I sold. My others shoot 150gr just fine, so no issue. I also use .308 165gr boat tail for my 7.5x55. Combined Technology are awesome in 7.5x55.
     
  13. jjfuller1

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    i use 150gr spbt sierra match.. first deer i shot with em two years ago went about 4 hops and fell over... last year i used my moms 20ga. kinda sentimental now
     
  14. RaySendero

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    I like the 165 SGKs in my 308 and 7.5x55 Swiss for deer.
     
  15. jpattersonnh

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    I'd use the GK in 7.5 also, but bought a few hundred Moly CT's for $9.00 per 100.
     
  16. Win73

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    I shoot 150 grain Remington Corelokt in my .30-06. I have put down several deer with them in fine fashion.
     
  17. jungleworker

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    I'm guessing since you're 14 years old, you don't handload. Factory ammo in the 150-165 grain range is ideal. You can shoot 180 grain ammo for deer, but why bother.

    Different rounds from different companies will give you different shot size groups. If you can afford to go out and shoot different brands to see which kind work best in your rifle, that would be perfect.

    If you can't and you're limited to what you can buy, that's alright. Worry less about the bullet weight and worry more about your marksmanship. Nothing is more important than being able to hit your target. If you can't hit it, then it doesn't matter what kind of ammo you shoot.
     
  18. Nozzlehead

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    Gotta give a big thumbs up for the 165 Sierra Gamekings...WOW! But don't rule out the 150gr Core-Lokts or the 165 Accutips...both from Remington
     
  19. onenut58

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    The 180 grain and above are better suited and commonly used for elk in a 308 or 30-06.
    I agree with all the posts and I love corelockt ammo been using it since I was a kid and I am 53 now.
     
  20. 303tom

    303tom Well-Known Member

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    I use 150gr. JHP
     

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