Originally Posted by Korhil78
Just wanted your opinions on the effective range of this setup on mule deer.
1. Rem. 700 BDL 25-06 24" barrel
2. 100 gr. barnes TSX chrono'd at an average speed of 3020 fps.
3. Avg. SD is 6fps
I could push this faster but it has a very low SD and it groups three shots inside of a 1" square all day long at 300 yards if I do my part.
I want to be able to shoot this out to 600 or 700 yards but was wondering if it would have enough punch to take a mule deer at that range.
If I have to pick between energy and precision I'll gow with precision every time.
You are right on the edge of lethal energy with this rig but if you can put it right in the heart/lungs it will kill easily at that range.
Your problem is going to come at the 600-700yds range if you striker bone prior to getting into the thoracic cavity with your shot.
At closer ranges I'd say you need to go with a good hunting bullet but the vld's like the Berger will perform very well for you at the greater ranges. Beyond 400yds your velocities will have dropped enough that even with a bone/shoulder type hit the round should stay together instead or shelling out shallow.