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Minimum yardage for .30-378 Wby. vs. Whitetail deer???

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Unread 10-14-2008, 04:39 PM
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Re: Minimum yardage for .30-378 Wby. vs. Whitetail deer???

If that's the reason, more power to ya! It would be too much gun for me, but I'm a fat lazy old man. My .300 Wby is almost too much for me. I noticed that "Big Sky" had a custom .257 Wby for sale too. That would be an even better bargain! Just go with your gut, and whatever you decide, enjoy!!!!!
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Unread 10-14-2008, 04:47 PM
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Re: Minimum yardage for .30-378 Wby. vs. Whitetail deer???

You will need get into reloading QUICK.

Barnes TSX bullets aren't going to ruin too much meat, but the BC is NOT spectacular.

Last edited by Tyler Kemp; 10-15-2008 at 03:42 PM. Reason: is and is not aren't the same :(
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Unread 10-14-2008, 10:47 PM
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Re: Minimum yardage for .30-378 Wby. vs. Whitetail deer???

I have a 300 win mag that I hunt out west with. Our shots are normally fairly long from 200 to 400 yards.
I hunt in Wisconsin every year for deer and bring my 300 along. I shoot 180 gr. accubonds at 3080 fps. The average shot back there is under 100 yards.
I shoot the behind the shoulder through the lungs shot. They usually run 50 yards or so. The biggest thing is placement. If you miss the lungs and hit the front shoulder plan on some serious hamburger damage. If you miss all bones except a rib or two the damage is not bad.
We shot two antelope this year, one with the 300 and one with a 270 win. You couldn't tell the difference.
Shot placement is key.
Good luck with you choice.
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Unread 10-15-2008, 12:10 AM
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Re: Minimum yardage for .30-378 Wby. vs. Whitetail deer???

Originally Posted by michael A. View Post
i shot a deer with a 300 rum with a 200gr accubond @ 3200ft at the muzzle and the deer was at 50 yards NOT A GOOD THING! i would say that 200 yards might be ok for a round that big
Why not?

High velocity+bonded bullet+in close well placed shot= deader than dirt and minimal meat damage in my experience. Slide it in behind the shoulder.
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Unread 10-15-2008, 12:48 AM
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Re: Minimum yardage for .30-378 Wby. vs. Whitetail deer???

2 weeks ago, i got my deer buck with my 338edge, 300smk bullet at 90yards.
shot placement behind the shoulder, on lung cavity.
the blood splash was HUUUGE. but no meat damage.
entrance hole between 2 ribs, cut in half the heart, destroid the lungs, and exit with 1 rib the other side.
deer run 20yards, and was dead on the spot before starting to run.
always i shot to lung-heart, because of the minimal meat lost.
My 338Edge
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Unread 10-15-2008, 04:41 AM
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Re: Minimum yardage for .30-378 Wby. vs. Whitetail deer???

Good mornin' everyone!

It's opening day of bow-season here in Alabama & yours truly isn't getting to go...because of work. :(

Here's what I've gathered over the past 2 days:

Okay...I'm getting mixxed messages here?

Is it, or is it not okay to shoot an average-sized (175-200 lbs.) whitetail @ close range with a .30-378 Wby. if the situation arises?

I would prefer to take a long-shot, but from most of the responses on here, it sounds like taking a short-shot with a .30-378 @ a close range & not losing alot of meat would be a "long-shot"???

P.S. Sorry for the punn.

Then again, others are saying that if you lung-shot 'em, then the collateral-damage isn't anywhere near as bad, as if you shoot them in the shoulder.

Other than ammo costs...

Do you think a .30-378 Wby. would be a good whitetail deer round for shots ranging from 50-500 yards???
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Unread 10-15-2008, 09:29 AM
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Re: Minimum yardage for .30-378 Wby. vs. Whitetail deer???

Yes it is a good round for 50-500. You just have to place your shot better to limit meat damage. Hell at the price at that Accumark buy it, kill somehtig with it and see what the damage is like. If its too much sell it for what you have into it and be done! Besides a poorly placed shot at any distancewill cause meat damage.

As for the 257 wby..I think that would be a great roundfor white tail. Its a laser beam and hits the deer like lightning. At 50yards it will tear up alot of meat aswell due to the velocity.

The problem with all the high velocity rounds is at short range they enter the game with too much velocity for the bullet to work reliably. If you keep that in mind and just place your round in the vitials you will be fine. It when we screw up and it exits through the offside shoulder we lose all the meat:mad:
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