Re: New deer gun?
I think the .277 140g BT will do quite good if pushed to 3250fps. A nice comparison is the .264" 140g SMK with a BC of .535 and a MV of 3000fps, the difference in drift at 700 yards is only 3 inches in favor of the .264" 140g SMK. Wind is 10 MPH.
The accessories, dies, brass, are out of my price range for the lazzeroni's right now. Not to mention the rifle. I want to stay around $650-700 for the rifle.
The only Hornady bullet I like is the V-max. I had bad experiences with the 117g BTSP and SST both in my 25-06 on deer. I'll stick to my Nosler BT's. There .257" 117g SST BC is not as good as the 115g Nosler BT. On that particular bullet there is very little boat tail if any. That kills there BC to something like .391 while the Nosler BT is around .453