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Unread 08-07-2008, 12:36 AM
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best bullet for antelope

I drew a tag for district 6 in montana my brother also the brother will use his 300wsm with a 150 gr bullet. I have both a 30/06 and a 300 win mag. I shoot the 125 & 150 accubond nosler in the 06. range is good to 350 yds. Im still debating on what to use for the mag. leaning towards the 165 accubond. shoots at 3200fps. at the start of the season they should let us get "reasonably" close. I practice out to 600yds with both guns using 125-180wt. I just dont want to destroy meat on the little guys. wish I still had my 25/06
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Unread 08-07-2008, 04:54 AM
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Kind of hard to go wrong with antelope. They'll die from a slingshot wound. I think accubonds would be a great choice. Reliable, controlled expansion. Hard to ask for more. I would consider a neck shot if you really want to conserve meat. I don't personally see a ton of value in the front shoulders (3lbs of jerky), so don't have a problem sending a berger or accubond through them.

I'll be shooting a 7mm 189 cauterucio into mine this year. Somewhere between a smk and a berger. Have fun!
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Unread 08-07-2008, 10:34 AM
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What Grit said, and you don't need a cannon for these little guys. I've taken many with the 25/06 and a 120 gr. Sierra. The lighter the bullet-weight to caliber, the more meat you'll loose. A well-placed shot, behind the front-shoulder, will do the trick.

Personally, this year I will use a 45/90 black-powder cartridge rifle, with a full-case of the holy black and a cast lead bullet at around 1400 fps. No wasted meat here . It leaves a nice round 1" exit-hole. That load is good out to 300 yards or more, using barrel sights.

Best of luck,

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Unread 08-07-2008, 04:21 PM
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ditto,anything will do the trick if placed well, I used a 220 swift for yrs and now have a 223wssm loaded with 80grn bergers that works very good,not sure on caliber laws where you hunt but 22cal is fine where I hunt em.
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Unread 08-07-2008, 06:01 PM
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I usually shoot 168gr Berger's in my 7mm Lazz XP-100 but I ordered some of the new 140gr Berger's and need to get some loaded to test. I'm thinking I can get 3200fps but whether I can hit anything with it we'll have to see.
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Unread 08-07-2008, 07:07 PM
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I drew wyoming #69 for antelope&#89 for mulies.Using 130gr.Nosler Part.in.270wsm.Worked great last 2 seasons! Can't wait!
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Unread 08-11-2008, 12:33 AM
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Re: best bullet for antelope

I drew my 700 tag... an easy draw. Antelope die easy. I would use a high retetion bullet like a TSX, that will put a clean hole through it. I'll be using 180 gr E-Tips out of my 300 WSM. Way more rifle and bullet than needed, but will will give me more long range options. A double lung a few inches behind the shoulder will put it down and save meat.

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