- Mar 30, 2013
First question, you're only shooting to 700 yards at deer why bother with a monster cartridge like a 28 Nosler. There are a ton of cartridges that will do the job that burn a heck of a lot less powder.I am sure there are many that will do the job!!! I am building a 28nosler with a 28” Hart #5 contour 1:8 twist, and really looking at what pill I want to send down, I know each barrel has it’s on likes, BUT what do y’all think for White Tail deer! Our bucks down here close to the Mississippi River in North East Louisiana run 200-270lbs, doe’s will run 165-185 lbs, shooting ranges will go from 48yds to about 700yds. So I have really thought about the Berger 195s, figures about a 3000ish muzzle velocity, but also have looked at the 175 Berger elite hunters and the 180 VLD. Or the 168 or 175 accubond LR.
holding up at 400yds and in is probably more important then 400+. So the falter the trajectory is the better and I know the lighter weight would do best but the wind drift will be worse and the further out the heavies will do much better at all things.
So if y’all were in this boat how would you have the barrel reamed as far as throat....I know some set up really long for the 195s but I am concerned about doing that and being kinda stuck with only that round....I may be over analyzing this lol.
also what pill would y’all be most interested in knowing that WT will be the primary game!!!
Anyway, I assume you're stuck on this cartridge, so to the bullet. You could throat to an in between length bullet like the Berger 180 Hybrid then you still will have lots of case space either going up in weight or down. So a 175 or a 195 will work I great case space wise. Frankly if I were going to have shots mostly less than 500 yards I'd choose a tough bullet like a Barnes TTSX or LRX, Nosler Accubond, Swift Scirocco (a little light). There are various small batch copper bullets like hammers that would work great as well.
Unless most of your shots are 300- OMG, I'd stay away from cup and core bullets like Bergers and Hornady ELDx/Ms. These bullets will disappoint at close range a lot. I use Berger's on Coues deer but most of the shots are 300-700yards. On elk I use an Accubond or LRX depending on which rifle I'm using.
Have fun with your big Boomer.