6 mm Norma BR. ok for goats & mulies?

Discussion in 'Antelope Hunting' started by joseph, Aug 30, 2009.

  1. joseph

    joseph Well-Known Member

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    I Have a 6mm Norma BR. with a 1 in 8" twist that shoots Berger 105 Hunting VLDs very well. What do you think the maximum range would be if you think it will be humane kills.

    If not a good choice I would buy a 7mm WSM.

    joseph

    PS: Oops, for prong horns & mulies.
     
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  2. Rimfire

    Rimfire Well-Known Member

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    I would skip it. I was considering using mine this year for speed goats BUT the wind is more of a problem than anything. I've killed a few deer @ 500 yards and over with the 6br, the longest being 760 and that was a tough kill even with a good shot. The 107 works well out to 400 then things get tougher. If I could pick the conditions I would bring mine out this year, but I cant bank on the Wyoming wind.
     
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  3. gamedog

    gamedog Well-Known Member

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    I'd absolutely use that combo!
    Max range would depend as to how tight group's are in the vital zone.
     
  4. fordnutter

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    I'm watching this thread with great interest as I have just built myself a lightweight 6mmBR specifically for longish range varmint & goat busting.
    I'm still working on the load development and have chosen the 95gr Berger VLD as I have a 24" barrel so as not to add too much length when the suppressor is added. I think it should be more than capable to 600yards
    given the right weather conditions & good shot placement. Hopefully
    I can get out in the field soon to test this. Good Luck:D
     
  5. CooperNV

    CooperNV Active Member

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    I have limited experience with the 6BR, I just put one together this spring, I only got a couple hundered rounds down the pipe. Its a long range varminter, but I would use it on speed goats out to 600yds. The accuracy is there, with good bullet selection and a well placed shot it should be a done deal.
     
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  6. fordnutter

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    Joseph,
    I guess i shouldn't be suprised with only a small amount of answers for you (& me). Perhaps you should also post the question over a www.6mmbr.com on the forums for perhaps a better response.
    I think the short answer is - if the weather is right (not too windy), target is ranged & compensated for (dial in the scope with accurate, tested drop chart)
    and with a good rest 600 yards is doable with a good "nut behind the butt"
    A local F-classer shooter who upon hearing I were building a 6mmBR for hunting simply "that will do just fine to 600yards". Incidently he is a very capable f-class shooter who is very highly ranked and yes shoots the 6mmBR.
    I be posting some field results hopefully not it the too far future.
     
  7. Rimfire

    Rimfire Well-Known Member

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    Do your part and it will work but, 600 is a long way for a little cartridge. I use it on a regular basis as a deer cull rifle and it works fine. Again dont expect spectacular kills the further out you get more often the further the deer run before they die. You will get a lot of good advice from all kinds of good shooters but untill you kill a bunch of deer It's easy to just say it will be fine. I shot a doe at 760 and it didn't even know it was hit. I watched the hit and it just walked off and stood there for about 30 seconds before it fell over dead. Most hit at longer range 400+ run. Goats in open country are one thing deer that can run into woods are another.
    Just my .02
    The last doe I shot at 465 yards DRT accuracy is not a problem and neck shots work extremely well
    [​IMG]
     
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  8. Guy M

    Guy M Well-Known Member

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    If all goes well, the little bullet will do the job - but - some of those big Wyoming mulies are mighty tough and even walk off after hits from bigger cartridges.

    I've successfully hunted mule deer with the 6mm Rem and my .25-06, but I think even those bullets are a little light at longer ranges. Just a thought. For longer ranges when the velocity has fallen off, I prefer a bigger bullet, say something in 7mm or .30 caliber to be sure of enough penetration on a 250 pound heavily muscled buck out there at 300+ yards.

    BTW - the Berger VLD design works just like gunwriter John Barsness claims - nice penetration into the chest cavity, followed by utter destruction of the lungs & heart. Put that VLD in the boiler room and you're looking at success. I've only taken one mule deer with that bullet, but it worked well last season, and I may well use the VLD again this year.

    Regards, Guy
     
  9. Chopaka81

    Chopaka81 Well-Known Member

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    The WY Outfitter I used for the Prairie Dog hunt this summer used a 6BR, 80gr BT Match style bullet to fill his antelope doe tag last year with a single shot to the head at 500 yds.
    Bottom line, it all depends on how well you can place your shot. gun)