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Old 10-02-2008, 10:41 PM
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Re: best bullet for antelope

I just got back from Casper and I shot both my buck 445yd's and doe 175yd's with a Berger 7mm 168gr VLD from my 7.21 Lazzeroni XP at 2850fps and both went less than 30yds and never moved again. Was really happy with there performance.
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Old 10-03-2008, 09:47 AM
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Re: best bullet for antelope

Where did you hit them?
Any pics of the exits?
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Old 10-03-2008, 10:07 AM
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No pics of the exits but the doe was a quartering away shot that went from right before the hind quarter thru the boiler room and out with a nice exit wound. The buck was shot broadside again right behind the shoulder and exited with a 1 1/2 to 2" exit wound, there was a lot of blood pooled under him when we got to him. I plan on using this bullet for all my whitetail, antelope needs.
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Old 10-08-2008, 02:03 AM
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Re: best bullet for antelope

If a 243 will take a bull elk in a broadside shot, the .223 should be plenty for an antelope, if it were not for wind.

I will be antelope hunting, when it opens Sunday, with a 117 gr Sierra bullet from a 26" barrel on a 257 Roberts Ackley Improved.

The Quickload program comes with Quicktarget, and it shows the trajectory is more important than the 10mph wind with the 117 gr.
Not so with the .223.
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Old 10-08-2008, 12:21 PM
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Yep, A 223 is big enough for antelope at 300 yds, and a 22-250 will do it at 400.
Let the flaming begin!! Just going on personal experience here. They work.

But for long range shots the game changes.
I haven't found the perfect LR antelope round yet, but am looking. A 6.5 WSM seems the closest so far.
I shoot a 7 WSM right now, but haven't shot an antelope with it yet, tired of killing the things, I'll let someone else shoot'em.

This one got some .243 medicine from my wife last month.

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Old 10-10-2008, 03:49 PM
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Re: best bullet for antelope

Originally Posted by remingtonman_25_06 View Post
Nosler Ballistic Tips. Only problem I see there would be meat loss, but antelope aint all that great to eat anyways...NBT's are accurate as target bullets, expand reliably, and dump a lot of shock into game. I'd go with a 180g in the 300 WM, or 150-165g in the 06.

Who needs a TSX for antelope??? That would be my LAST bullet for antelope.
Howdy remington_25_06,

Interesting point of view... A ballistic tip is the *last* bullet that I would use for antelope out of a high velocity rifle. I don't know about you, but I'm not a big fan of destroying meat. Don't know how many lopes you've killed, but probably more than me. I've killed about 9 with a 7mm RM with various bullets and they all deid very quick. All the bullets went through the ribs except for a couple that I shot a little far back, just behind the ribs and they walked a few feet but not far. The bullets made little holes going in and a little larger going out. Very little meat damage and very effective. That is why I would recomend a TSX or ETip which remain intact and effectively kill antelope without blowing them up. Now if I were shooting prairie dogs, an NBT would be the choice. Would sure love to hear your reasoning on why a TSX is the *last* bullet you would use?


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Old 10-11-2008, 11:10 AM
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Re: best bullet for antelope

Just got back with filled doe tags. My wife was successful (first big game success!) with a .243 loaded light, Speer BSBTs, 100gr.. Seemed to do decently in light wind. Another gal in our group had scope problems and couldn't hit the broad side of a barn, then borrowed my wife's little Savage with a Burris BallisticPlex 3x9 and made the first shot dead on at 300 with a slight wind. She was pleased obviously. Both had moderate exit wound damage.

My .300WSM with 150gr. SGKs loaded mid range seemed to pincushion them more than the .243, which was fine by me. I got quite a bit of drift with a stiff crosswind and took down a doe a little sloppy, but effective.

I always find it interesting when folks say antelope ain't tasty. Mine always are...??? I admit elk is better, but... how fast do they skin them, quarter them, and get them on ice, I wonder? Same holds true with deer.
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