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Re: Hunting ammo
« Reply #25 on: April 19, 2017, 12:30:00 PM »
Lots of hype out there.  placement and practice is the best no matter what bullet you use.
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Re: Hunting ammo
« Reply #26 on: April 19, 2017, 12:41:13 PM »
But if you're curious, last year I used factory Hornady ELD-X 178gr in 30-06.  I'm switching to a 7mm-08 for this year and I want to try the monolithic bullets.  I like the idea of a hot factory load like the Hornady Superformance with a solid bullet.  Hopefully my rifle likes them :).

But in a pinch I wouldn't hesitate to use my cheap Pvri Partizan soft points at shorter ranges.  For extended ranges, anything bonded or solid with a good BC/SD that your rifle shoots accurately will do just fine.  If that ammo costs $25/box, then you're paying the marketing departments directly if you buy $40/box ammo.

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Re: Hunting ammo
« Reply #27 on: April 19, 2017, 02:23:42 PM »
Thank you guys. Its good to hear some options and experiences with different ammos. Alot of guys on other forums just tell me I'm just a bandwagon follower if I use anything except corelokts or super x ammo. I always tell them corelokts don't group well in my rifles and I don't like the power points for more than 200 yards because of their poor BC.  So far I've been looking at hornady eld-x, barnes ttsx, and HSM berger VLD's. I guess now I just gotta shoot them to see what my guns like. I'm sure it's not going to be cheap, but it's an investment I'm willing to make.

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Re: Hunting ammo
« Reply #28 on: April 19, 2017, 07:06:45 PM »


But in a pinch I wouldn't hesitate to use my cheap Pvri Partizan soft points at shorter ranges.  For extended ranges, anything bonded or solid with a good BC/SD that your rifle shoots accurately will do just fine.

My problem with that thinking is that cheap bullets are more likely to fall apart at close range because they're still cooking along near max velocity on impact.


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Re: Hunting ammo
« Reply #29 on: April 19, 2017, 10:27:24 PM »
My problem with that thinking is that cheap bullets are more likely to fall apart at close range because they're still cooking along near max velocity on impact.

True enough, but the way I look at it, if a 140gr 7mm bullet falls apart inside the lungs at 2400fps, the animal's not going far anyway and it's job done. 

Disclaimer: I hunt the open country of eastern WA.  I totally see how that strategy could get you in trouble in the dense undergrowth of the west side where 50 yards travelled could mean the animal disappearing.

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Re: Hunting ammo
« Reply #30 on: April 20, 2017, 01:21:00 AM »
True. I think bullet selection becomes more important as you move down in caliber. If your 140gr 7mm bullet breaks up, one of the pieces could still be bigger than some brand new .243 bullets.

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Re: Hunting ammo
« Reply #31 on: April 20, 2017, 03:42:48 AM »
I have used the good ol Remington core-lokts for years and they have never failed me..

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Re: Hunting ammo
« Reply #32 on: April 20, 2017, 05:36:50 AM »
But have you harvested anything? :chuckle:

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Re: Hunting ammo
« Reply #33 on: April 20, 2017, 05:45:24 AM »
I've dropped quite a few whitetails with a .243 and 100 grain corelokts.  This was all I used while hunting the thick brushy north woods of NH and Maine.  It was the only rifle I had and I never felt handicapped because I was using "cheap" ammo.   I'll take good shot placement with cheap ammo over trying to plow a bullet through brush and hope to drive it lengthwise through a deer any day of the week. 

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Re: Hunting ammo
« Reply #34 on: April 20, 2017, 06:44:24 AM »
Remington Core-Lokt 180 grain.
THE BLACK MAMBA "Deadliest on the planet!"

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Re: Hunting ammo
« Reply #35 on: April 20, 2017, 07:05:48 AM »
But have you harvested anything? :chuckle:
bears deer yotes bobcats...

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Re: Hunting ammo
« Reply #36 on: April 20, 2017, 08:35:51 AM »
But have you harvested anything? :chuckle:
Good trolls bro.  :chuckle: