Re: 338 RUM Bullet choice for mule deer
I shoot the 225 NAB out of my 338 rum as my first choice for mulies and elk. For antelope I use my little 300 rum with 180 NAB's. Almost all hits are DRT. Last year on a nice mature 4 point muley above timberline, I let him get kind of close because he was walking towards me and took him at around 250 yards, DRT. The other 3 bucks didn't know what happened to there buddy and kept feeding with one buck coming within about 20 feet of my ambush spot (pictures to prove it) the 225 did its job very well breaking on side shoulder not much meat damage and recovered the nicely mushroomed bullet under the skin by the off side ham. Don't know the exact weight of the bullet, because better half wasn't happy with the slug being in the kitchen and disposed of it for me. Big mulies can take the lead from a big 338. The year before we hunted some whitetails in north eastern Wyoming and I tried hard to stop one of my 225's taking several endo brisket shots on whitetail does. Not a chance of stopping that bullet, DRT very little meat damage. Same event with a nice whitetail buck, DRT very little meat damage. On a different note, several years earlier I tried a rushed shot on a big buck in a group of 5 that got spooked and I hit the wrong deer on the run with a 210 grain Barnes X in the ham. DRT and totally ruined the ham. The shot was only about 60 yards though.
Remington model 700 300 RUM LH 26" rem ss/blued receiver lam stock 215 Berger @3070/180 NAB @3300
Remington model 700 338 RUM LH 26" Bartlein 5C #4 Muscle Brake, blueprinted action, sako extractor, jewell trigger, bell and carlson Alaskan stock
Savage LH 22-250