deer bullets

Discussion in 'Deer Hunting' started by marky123, Jun 2, 2009.

  1. marky123

    marky123 Member

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    Hello
    I have a .243 which I use mainly for foxes but I want to use it for deer.I reload almost exclusively for it and I want to know which if any of the following are suitable for roe.I think I know the answer.
    75gn vmax
    87gn vmax
    80gn sierra blitz
    90 gn ppu (factory)
    105gn amax
    cheers
    MARK
     

  2. old_heli_logger

    old_heli_logger Well-Known Member

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    My favorite deer bullet for my 243 Win is the Sierra 85gr HPBT Gameking

    Good luck!
     

  3. Leupold308

    Leupold308 Active Member

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    about anything from a 243 should put a roe deer down for good.
     
  4. LDHunter

    LDHunter Well-Known Member

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    The V-Max bullets are varmint bullets and as such are not a good choice due to their ultra thin jacket. They're designed to come apart on impact and penetration would probably not be good.

    I'd strongly consider a bullet designed for medium to big game rather than these.

    If you want a polymer tipped jacketed bullet for any but the largest deer species the Nosler Ballistic Tip 90gr and 95gr offerings are excellent and are great for long range shooting as well.
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  5. GP260R

    GP260R New Member

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    We use Sierra 85 gr HPBT and Speer 90gr .Both good killers
     
  6. Joel Russo

    Joel Russo Official LRH Sponsor

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    If your rifle will shoot the 105 A-max, you won't be disappointed.
     
  7. Bear2

    Bear2 Active Member

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    What about the 100 gr Nosler Partition? I have been shooting the 95 B. tips at paper on our local range, also punching paper with 100 gr Sierra Game Kings. I bought a box of 100 gr Partitions to load for whitetails this fall.
    Yes, I know I should be shooting my 30-06, but it has downed many animals and my 243 is new.
     
  8. EastHunter

    EastHunter Well-Known Member

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    Hi Bear2.


    A good friend of mine hunt deer with is 243 almost al the time and e start to load for it 2 year a go. The 100gr partion was is chose. Can garenti you that it will do it. One of is shot was perfect center in the lung and we found bone fragment in the liver. And if you have to go mose hunting it will do it if you keepit close.
     
  9. NZP

    NZP Well-Known Member

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    out of those the 105amax would be the pick
     
  10. Faster Daddy!

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    +1 on the Sierra 85 gr HPBT. 43.5 gr of IMR 4350 have taken many coues whitetail and antelope here in Arizona.
     
  11. theodore

    theodore Well-Known Member

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    Yes, V-Maxs are not good at all for big game. There has been some 7mm V-max used on muleys and it only left an open wound and still got away. For sure it lived but if the wound gets infected then that buck will die.

    I'm a Vld guy that would use 95 or 105 for deer. They are excellent for penetration upon entrance then expands violently so pass through is not consistent is generally what Vlds do.

    Besides your V-maxs, I don't know enough about the other bullets to make a statement on it except that 105 A-max is an excellent choice for beyond 1000 yards target shooting for the 6mm class.
     
  12. 21buck

    21buck Well-Known Member

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    Original Post , Suggest you use them for predator hunts. Deer need a more substantial load and structure of the bullet as indicated by previous posts. I personally stay away from ballistic tip bullets for deer. Sierra, Hornady, Speer, Barnes, Remington Core Loc, Nosler partitions all have great deer getting expansion and accuracy.

    My .o2 cents
     
  13. theodore

    theodore Well-Known Member

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    Nosler ballistic tip are just like Hornady sst(super shock tip) right? Then nosler accubond and hornady interbond are also close in performance. The bonded bullets are harder than the tip bullets.
     
  14. 21buck

    21buck Well-Known Member

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    theodore, you are correct. I still stay away from ballistic tip bullets. It is not that they are not good , accurate, penetrating?? a little bit questioned . Bonded bullets are great as are Barnes.etc. There are a lot of bullets that will perform in a 1st class way and others that dispatch and destroy a lot of meat uselessly. They also tend to splatter and not penetrate another tracking job. Just what you needed at the end of a long day in the stand or a long way from the cabin. Premium bullets are available without the tipped version, except barnes( they are still solid brass with petals) E tipped bullets. Even with a 243 there are a lot of bullets available that have retention of the original weight for the most part. Good Luck