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What are your preferred bullets for deer? (Ballistic Tip, TSX, Accubond, etc.) Any bullets you won't use for deer? Why?

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  • Sarge01
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    I use Hornady SST's or Interlocks. I have some Scirocco's loaded for my .280 this year.

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  • rudyglove27
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    Agreed with Beekeeper answer above and A + 1 for you sir!!!

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  • IanS
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    I use Federal Fusion 150's in my 270. They work awsome.

    I get very tight groups and the deer hardly move after being hit.

    Sorry to hear that you haven't had good results Jim!

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  • DakotaMan
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    Deer fall to almost anything with decent penetration. All the premium bullets are great. However, I have shot inexpensive Hornady spire point bullets into deer my whole life. I have only recovered one bullet because all others have exited (it was a Texas heart shot that penetrated from rear end, through pelvis, clipped three ribs on left, three ribs on right and blew up the heart and stuck in the hide on the brisket). All others exited. No need to spend big dollars on deer. I sent my brothers TSX's for Christmas but that was because I wanted to get them a premium bullet even though it wasn't necessary.

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  • jbird
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    Howdy MLH, I'm lucky enough to have a deer rifle that shoots everything really well, so I typically use the cheap stuff from Winchester. My daughter's .243 likes Remington's, in 100gr. and I saw it take down 3 deer very effectively this year. In my .270 I use 150gr. Winchester's, and my old Model 70 shoots 100' groups you can cover w/a quarter w/ these $14 a box babys. Good enough for me, and the deer die just as dead as if they were shot by $30 a box ammo.

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  • thuroy
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    Ballistic work great for slower flying cartridges (below 2700 feet per second). However, they all work great for deer.

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  • shane
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    Well I might have to take 'em and blow up some woodchucks with 'em. How much ya want? Can you mail ammo?

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  • Jim in Mo
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    shane, steve182,
    30-'06. Four years ago my then 14yr old son shot a yearling doe. Yes, his first deer. 70lbs at best at 15yds. The 150gr Fusion blew up upon entering the on side hide. Luckily the bullet did enough damage to a lung that we found the deer.
    Upon cleaning the deer I found nothing but bullet fragments inside. It blew up! What if that deer had been a large tough buck? He would have ran off and died a miserable death from infection.

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  • shane
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    What caliber, Jim?

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  • Beekeeper
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    I load all my ammo and have become partial to Nosler Accubonds for most of my hunting. One reason for this is I'm very likely to encounter a large feral hog and I like the penetration and performance I've seen from the Accubond. They give very good accuracy in most of my rifles also. I also use Barnes TSX's in a couple of rifles that seem to have an affection for them. I do load the Hornady Interlocks in my .338/06 (200 grain)

    For years I loaded 165 grain Remington Corelokt's in my '06 deer loads. Still a very good bullet.

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  • steve182
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    Jim, haven't bought any, but i'll take your word for it. Thanks. Tempting though, to save a few greenbacks.

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  • Jim in Mo
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    I'll never use Federal Fusion again. I have a box with 19 cartridges left. Make an offer.

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  • ishawooa
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    VLDs, XXXs, Gamekings, Partitions, Hornady DG and hollowpoints, Woodleighs, & Scirrocos depending on the rifle and what I want to kill

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  • buddyboy564
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    soft points and barnes hollow tips

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  • shane
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    Honestly? For deer, I use the cheap stuff. When you're using a .300 savage or .30-06 on deer, you don't need premium ammo. Just premium shot placement.

    When I'm really worried about using a good bullet, I go with Fail Safes, but my supply is dwindling, they don't make them anymore, and it makes me want to cry. They are deadly on just about anything, and what they do to deer is pretty dramatic. When I run out of Fail Safes, I think it's going to be TSX all the way.

    My father used to use Black Talons on deer. Talk about overkill...

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