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freakshow10mm
07-29-2006, 12:45
Just curious as to what your favorite bullet is for rifle. I am tied between Winchester Fail Safe and Swift A-Frame. Use them for my 7mm-08.

vafish
07-29-2006, 13:14
Almost all of my big game hunting is done with .44 mag handguns. On deer sized game I've found that any 240 gr JHP works just fine.

noway
07-29-2006, 14:41
std remington corelokts in a 180grain for the 30-06 and or their express load in the 270win.

Wet Dog
07-30-2006, 17:44
I like the corelokts for 30 caliber. GREAT hunting performance at close and long range. Can't say that for some ballistic tipped ammo that fragment at close ranges.

I've recently converted to .458" cast projectiles based hunting performance on game. It leaves two large holes, busts through bones, game won't go far and you can "eat right up to the hole."

mpol777
07-31-2006, 10:44
I mostly use Nosler Partitions in the high velocity bottleneck cases. Hasn't failed me yet.

Taipei Personality
07-31-2006, 11:12
I use a 130 gr. Barnes X-bullet in PMC Goldline .270 Winchester for whitetail. One-shot stops so far. The six-pointer last year didn't even take a step.

CanyonMan
08-01-2006, 09:19
Well, you said for deer, and bigger.....

For deer, I load Hornady 154gr. Spire Point, in the 7mm Rem Mag.

For The "Bigger stuff," I load either, Remington 150gr. Premier Scirocco Bonded, OR, 160gr. Premier A-Frame, both in the 7mm Rem mag.


CanyonMan

hankhan
08-01-2006, 09:28
Any of the Nosler paritions.

Barth Boffo
08-02-2006, 04:34
Nosler partitions here.
I handload all my rifle
ammunition.

nyredneck
08-03-2006, 20:33
Rem Corelokt 180 grain in 300 Savage. Hasn't failed me yet!:supergrin:

GeorgiaGlockMan
08-03-2006, 23:26
Another vote for the Remmington 30-06 corelokts in 180 gr

They put a pounding on white tails.

Sturmgewehr44
08-04-2006, 01:51
Originally posted by vafish
Almost all of my big game hunting is done with .44 mag handguns. On deer sized game I've found that any 240 gr JHP works just fine.

No offense, but I can't stand it when someone asks a question and a totally irrelevant answer is given. Question was for RIFLES, not your .44mag!

...There's always at least ONE in the group!

A-N-Y-W-A-Y-S.... My favorite RIFLE load is a .243 with a plain-jane Winchester Power-Point 100gr SP. It's cheap from Wal Mart and my Ruger holds it 1" low at 300yds, when zero'd at 200yds.

Works great on CA mule deer and two pigs I shot with it. Oh, ferral dogs, it's the Grim-Reaper. Turns their insides out.

CanyonMan
08-04-2006, 13:48
Originally posted by Sturmgewehr44
No offense, but I can't stand it when someone asks a question and a totally irrelevant answer is given. Question was for RIFLES, not your .44mag!

...There's always at least ONE in the group!

A-N-Y-W-A-Y-S.... My favorite RIFLE load is a .243 with a plain-jane Winchester Power-Point 100gr SP. It's cheap from Wal Mart and my Ruger holds it 1" low at 300yds, when zero'd at 200yds.

Works great on CA mule deer and two pigs I shot with it. Oh, ferral dogs, it's the Grim-Reaper. Turns their insides out.


Hey, whoa there Hoss!

Your kinda new here, and 'Vafish' is 'one in the group' as you put it, that has always been a very respectable contributor here...
You were a little hard there.

Welcome to you as well as a fairly new guy...

But the poster also 'did not' ask for a 'detailed dissertation' on how well your gun shoots at 300 yds, or your hunting experiences, or how well the guts come out of ferral dogs... seems 'your answer' was a tad "irrelevant", to a degree.

Just slow down Hoss, you'll get a more harmonious outcome!


CanyonMan

SouthTexasrep
08-04-2006, 17:21
not only that, but last i checked, you can shoot .44 mag out of a Marlin levr action. It may be a carbine, but it's still a type of rifle


Oh yeah, .270- 150 grain remington CoreLokt

.30-30- 170 grain Core Lokt

CanyonMan
08-04-2006, 21:15
Originally posted by SouthTexasrep
not only that, but last i checked, you can shoot .44 mag out of a Marlin levr action. It may be a carbine, but it's still a type of rifle


Oh yeah, .270- 150 grain remington CoreLokt

.30-30- 170 grain Core Lokt


Bingo ! ;)


Plus, I just can't tolerate rude behavior.
Shoot that dang 44mag Vafish, and enjoy it, I do mine! ;)


CanyonMan

Razoreye
08-04-2006, 21:34
Originally posted by vafish
Almost all of my big game hunting is done with .44 mag handguns. On deer sized game I've found that any 240 gr JHP works just fine.
Originally posted by SouthTexasrep
not only that, but last i checked, you can shoot .44 mag out of a Marlin levr action. It may be a carbine, but it's still a type of rifle


Oh yeah, .270- 150 grain remington CoreLokt

.30-30- 170 grain Core Lokt

Highlighted the relevant parts. While I agree that all should be civil, the poster does have a legitimate point.

YMMV.

Sturmgewehr44
08-04-2006, 23:10
Originally posted by CanyonMan
Hey, whoa there Hoss!

Your kinda new here, and 'Vafish' is 'one in the group' as you put it, that has always been a very respectable contributor here...
You were a little hard there.

Welcome to you as well as a fairly new guy...

But the poster also 'did not' ask for a 'detailed dissertation' on how well your gun shoots at 300 yds, or your hunting experiences, or how well the guts come out of ferral dogs... seems 'your answer' was a tad "irrelevant", to a degree.

Just slow down Hoss, you'll get a more harmonious outcome!


CanyonMan

Don't hijack this thread...again.... :soap: :soap: :soap: :soap:

noway
08-04-2006, 23:35
speaking of 44mag, i have had good results with the xtp 240grain XTP from a mzl'er ( is a rifle ) in a .430 diameter aka 44magnum.

All animals shot with it , have died within 20-30yards of being hit. Velocities are alot less than a centerfire rifle cartridge.

So I have to kinda agreed with vafish that a 44mag in a rifle/carbine heck mzl'er is one damm fine nice caliber for deer and bigger items ;)

mpol777
08-05-2006, 07:55
Originally posted by Sturmgewehr44
Don't hijack this thread...again.... :soap: :soap: :soap: :soap:

Welcome to the ignore list asshat. You might just figure on leaving the hunting forum. I don't think you're making any friends here with that attitude. Take it back to GNG or some such place.

Sturmgewehr44
08-06-2006, 16:44
Originally posted by mpol777
Welcome to the ignore list asshat. You might just figure on leaving the hunting forum. I don't think you're making any friends here with that attitude. Take it back to GNG or some such place.

Who's "asshat"? or should I ask, what's an "asshat?"

Anyway, back on topic.....I love the .44mag 240gr JHP (plain-jane) out of my 16" Winchester lever gun. I took a nice black bear with that rifle/bullet combo. The bullet did very well right in the bear's "10-ring."

It dropped the bear and the bear was down-n-out, but still kick'n. I decided to put another 240gr bullet in it's chest and it died seconds later.

I'm going to try that gun/bullet combo out on some feral goats on my cousin's property in September. Should work out pretty nice.

SouthTexasrep
08-06-2006, 18:47
there ya go, new thread started. 150 grain .30-30 works wonder on pigs through the head ;)

Razoreye
08-06-2006, 20:48
Originally posted by SouthTexasrep
ETA: Sorry aabout the hijack, I'm still pumped about it, even though it happened last night. If you'd like, I'll remove my lengthy post and start a new thread for it That'd be cool. Add pics and I'll read it for sure! :cool:

fastvfr
08-14-2006, 17:18
In .30 cal, I prefer the Noslar Ballistic Tip in light weights for small game and explosive target reactions.

For medium game, it's a tossup ATM between the Barnes 'X' all-copper slug and the Nosler Partition slugs.

Both work very well, but I haven't seen any compelling reasons that one is better; just beware that some rifles might not stabilize the heftiest Barnes slugs in a given caliber.

That is because they are longer for their weight than lead slugs are.

'A' frames are good, too, so if your rifle likes making itty bitty groups out of them, by all means use them.

They are pricey, but at least as good as the Partitions are, in most calibers.

suckersrus
08-18-2006, 11:45
FailSafes for several years now.
Moose, bears, deer, and caribou. Never one failure at any distance.

rfb45colt
08-19-2006, 10:35
I handload virtually all the ammo I shoot (exceptions would be rimfires and non-toxic waterfowl loads). I use Hornady bullets for all my rifles (.243, .280, .308, .30-06, .35 Rem.) In .30 cal, I use the Hornady 165gr BTSP for both .308 & .30-06. Very good results on whitetails. Good accuracy in both my Savage & Remington rifles. I use Hornady 300 gr .429 XTPs in sabots in all of my .50 cal muzzleloaders.



BTW... in handguns ;) -- .44MAG (Blackhawk & Dan Wesson), I use 300gr hard-cast LBTs for deer. I use 300gr LBTs in my .45 Colt Blackhawks too.

hydromatikman
08-29-2006, 14:51
I've pretty much fallen in love with 180gr. Barnes TSX's in my .300WSM. Used them the last few years on Deer and Elk, have had great success with them.

I do like Nosler Partitions also, just didn't seem to shoot quite as well in my .300WSM. They shoot great in my .270win though.

fireslayer23
08-31-2006, 21:08
I use 139 gr Hornady SST's out of my 280, they'll fold a Kansas whitetail out to 400 yards in short order.

At 400 yards they're still moving over 2300fps with a shade over 1700ft-lbs of energy. No exits on shoulder shots, of course we are talking 225+ pound bucks.

ponykilr
12-01-2006, 20:45
Originally posted by Sturmgewehr44
No offense, but I can't stand it when someone asks a question and a totally irrelevant answer is given. Question was for RIFLES, not your .44mag!

...There's always at least ONE in the group!

A-N-Y-W-A-Y-S.... My favorite RIFLE load is a .243 with a plain-jane Winchester Power-Point 100gr SP. It's cheap from Wal Mart and my Ruger holds it 1" low at 300yds, when zero'd at 200yds.

Works great on CA mule deer and two pigs I shot with it. Oh, ferral dogs, it's the Grim-Reaper. Turns their insides out.

i know this is an old thread. i was doing a search on the .243 and found this. there is no way a rifle zeroed at 200 yards is gonna shoot 1" low at 300. that is silly.

punkture
12-02-2006, 19:34
Originally posted by ponykilr
there is no way a rifle zeroed at 200 yards is gonna shoot 1" low at 300. that is silly.

heh, agreed. i prefer 150gr core-lokt in both my 30/30win and 7mm rem mag. i tried nossler ballistic tips in the 7mm on two deer and, while both died, wasn't really impressed with the results.

Brass Nazi
12-02-2006, 19:41
I use Sierra 130gr BTSP for my .270.
I use Remington Core Lokts 150gr in my 7mm rem magnum.
I use Hornady 300gr HP in my 45/70

The only big game that I hunt is whitetail so I do not need a tough bullet.

FWIW I use 350gr Sierra HP in my S&W500 but I have not took a deer with it yet.