Re: 7mm rem mag - suggest powder, bullet
6" at 500 yards would be good enough for my purpose - PA Whitetails, and getting my jollies on paper targets for fun. My present deer hunting is in the woods, but we have some shooting paths cut where you can see deer at about 200 yards. At other points in the season, I do have some times where longer shots present themselves at different locations.
I have a .270 Win that I have been hunting with for the past 20 years, and have been using 150 gr BT Noslers for about the last 10. The bullets don't go through the deer, and I think they're loosing too much energy on the entrance. In some instances, I've had bigger entrance wounds than exit wounds. The last buck I shot I hit broadside @ 100 yards, and the deer took off like he wasn't hit. 2nd shot (running, about 75 yards later) hit across the loins [img]images/icons/mad.gif[/img] and he crashed into a tree. Autopsy found a blown up heart and lungs from the first shot, the deer would have dropped in short distace if I had missed. There was no blood trail from the first shot. (no snow either, so there could have been a light trail and I might not have seen it.)
I shot at another buck earlier in the day, which crossed a property line and was tagged by another hunter. I swear that I hit that deer, but since the BT's aren't coming out, there was no blood trail.
I've also hit deer in the shoulders with the BT's, and they do the deer in, but they really blow the seams in the meat pretty bad. Again, I think they are releasing too much energy on entry.
Overall, I've dropped about 20 deer with the Noslers. Its a love/hate relationship at this point, the accuracy is good, and they obviously kill deer for me. My reservation is that I think there is probably a better bullet out there, that will do similar damage, and carry on through.
I'm planning on trying Sierra Gamekings, or Nosler Partitions this year, and see what they do.