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Old 11-03-2013, 10:42 AM
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Question on bullet weight for hunting

Loading Accubonds, is a 130 gr or 140 gr more effective for standard range Whitetails?

I used to load 130's and very often the deer just dropped where they were hit. since going to 140's for the BC, the deer seem to be running much further before dropping.

is there anything to this, or just the result of differing shot placement, coincidence etc?

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Old 11-03-2013, 08:58 PM
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Re: Question on bullet weight for hunting

If you're shooting the exact same bullet only a different grain I'd say they are both equally effective. Individual shot placement would be my guess at cause for run time. Keep banging them an you'll get those dead right here shots with the 140 also
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Old 11-03-2013, 08:59 PM
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Re: Question on bullet weight for hunting

At what distance are you shooting them at? What caliber and what velocity? More than likely, it is just coincidence...
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Old 11-03-2013, 09:33 PM
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Re: Question on bullet weight for hunting

270 Win with shots generally ranging between 150 and 450 yards.

130's start out about 3,200 fps and 140's start out about 3,100 fps.

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Old 11-03-2013, 09:36 PM
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Re: Question on bullet weight for hunting

My pre 64 model 70 shoots light out with 130 gr sierra bt. No matter what you shoot bullet placement is a must.
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Old 11-03-2013, 10:57 PM
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Re: Question on bullet weight for hunting

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270 Win with shots generally ranging between 150 and 450 yards.

130's start out about 3,200 fps and 140's start out about 3,100 fps.

thanks
At those ranges just pick whichever shoots best in your rifle.

I shoot 160gr AB's in my STW's and 180's in the 300wm's out to 1,000.

Farther than that you really need to stick with the highest BC bullets that will shoot well in your rifle for long range precision.

Out to 600yds it's just marksmanship. Beyond 600 life gets complicated, and beyond 1,000 it gets very complicated.
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Old 11-04-2013, 05:03 AM
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Re: Question on bullet weight for hunting

Unless there was a significant difference in placement, or a noticeable difference in the damage done (an odd bullet or two) I'd say coincidence. The next guy out might have the opposite experience. Deer, like people, are not identical in their physical, or mental makeup.
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