Learn me about ballistics

mitchntx

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Not wanting a CEU in physics, just a primer.

At 100 yards and the target is a deer, pig or varmint, give me some insight on the following weapon - optic - ammo.

LR308 - 3x - Barnes Vor-Tx 168g TSX BT

AR15 - 3x - Barnes Vor-Tx 55g TSX BT

1894 - open - 44M 230g HP

336 - open - 30-30 160g FTX
 

mitchntx

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I'm more interested in the real world applicability of each of those.
Its what I own today and making sure that I'm giving myself and wife the best opportunity.

I regret selling my Ruger 30.06
 

35Remington

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Given the other rifles that you own, I would leave the AR at home if you're headed out for hogs and deer. After the first shot, there are likely to be few follow-ups, if any. Your 336 or 1894 would be fantastic.

If you are a good shooter, you'll be fine with open sites like you already have. I might consider getting some sort of optic on the gun that your wife will be using if she is not already a big hunter.
 
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Charlie

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I vote for the .44 mag. assuming you're not shooting over 75-100 yds. I've got basically the same gun in 444 Marlin caliber. It's like a .44 mag. on steriods! (of course I pick up a lot more "thump" on the shoulder! :green:)
 
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Younggun

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Seems like you got your bases covered.

AR for small varmint and coyote, probably don't need those Barnes though.

LR308 works for deer and pigs and gives the ability to reach out if you need to and get a good holdover.


Either lever gun if you plan to walk in or out for any distance and don't want to lug a heavy rifle. I would probably go 30-30 for slightly flatter trajectory.
 

mitchntx

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Give the other rifles that you own
Couple 22s and a black powder.


I vote for the .44 mag. assuming you're not shooting over 75-100 yds. I've got basically the same gun in 444 Marlin caliber. It's like a .44 mag. on steriods! (of course I pick up a lot more "thump" on the shoulder! :green:)
I'm torn because I think most shots will be 100-130 yards as I understand it.

Seems like you got your bases covered.
If there were two shooters and the target was pigs ...

I plan on taking the 308 and the 44M.
I chose the 44M over the 30-30 because my side arm is a Model 29. One less caliber ammo to drag along.

Critique my choice, please.

I can probably scrounge up a 270 or a 30.06 if need be. Heck, I saw the local WalMart had a Ruger American in 308 for $300. That might be the way to go ...
 

Vaquero

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What range is your '94 sighted in at?
My '92 Rossi is sighted at 25yd. At Hicksville I was hitting where I aimed at 100 with 125gr .35 spl reloads.
I imagine the .44 mag will do well.
 

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