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Factory 308 cartridge for white tail

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Unread 02-11-2011, 10:21 AM
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Re: Factory 308 cartridge for white tail

Nosler makes their 308 ammo with the 125 ballistic tip. I have used the 125 ballistic tip in hand loads for a number of years in different .308 caliber rifles and pistols. It is one super deer killing bullet. Just keep the impact velocity under 3100 fps and it does great.

For cheap priced factory ammo that is really accurate the Federal Power Shok 150 gr. I have never shot game with this ammo but a friend that has a gun shop always sends this ammo with me and my buddy when we go to sight in rifles for people. It is very accurate in every caliber in most all rifles.
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Unread 02-11-2011, 01:08 PM
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Re: Factory 308 cartridge for white tail

I have a bone stock Browning A-bolt in .308 that I've not altered in any way. Now, its not a target rifle as it only shoots right around or a little less than MOA at 100-200,but I have killed many deer with it, one shot cold bore, out to 400 yards. I shoot Remington Core-Lokt 150 grain bullets. When I got this gun it was about 12 years ago and I didn't do any reloading (just now getting into it). I shot several types of factory ammo and the rifle shot the Core-Lokt the best. I've recently shot Fusion, Winchester, etc. and it still groups the Core-Lokt better. My dad got me onto them and I see no need to shoot any different factory rounds for whitetails in MS/AL. I will be making some handloads for the rifle along with others, but with a factory A-bolt, I'm not expecting anything other than decent performance. Good luck on your hunt, and let us know the results.
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Unread 02-11-2011, 03:50 PM
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Re: Factory 308 cartridge for white tail

I've always just used Match HPBTs and Nosler BTs in mine. Same stuff I shoot at the paper.

The match bullets havent failed me on deer size game.

Choose the weight bullet that your rifle likes.
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Unread 02-11-2011, 06:39 PM
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Re: Factory 308 cartridge for white tail

I am a HUGE fan of barnes bullets for the longer range I think a Tipped TSX would serve you well, but even at 400 yds the regular TSX would knockemdead

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Unread 02-19-2011, 05:00 PM
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Re: Factory 308 cartridge for white tail

I have been shooting Hornady 165 grain BTSP. I have not taken a deer with this out of my .308, but have used the bullet in other calibers. Their BTSP hits deer great. It opens nice, but stays together also.
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Unread 03-01-2011, 10:56 PM
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Re: Factory 308 cartridge for white tail

I am not a fan of the 308 for white tail deer. I have had to chase to many deer shot with my 308. The deer were all dead but I had to find them. One night we had to hunt one in the brush after dark with flashlights. We found it but I started using a 270 and I have never had to chase a single deer. I now only shoot competition with my 308. Years ago I had a 7mm mag and it was too much gun for little white tail deer in south Texas. The 7 mag would just shoot through the deer and the deer would run. This was forty years ago before ballistic tip bullets. I have not hunted with a 7 mag since then. If you have a 270 now, you may not be able to do better.
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