Suggestions on ammo for deer?

Discussion in 'General Firearms & Ammo' started by ConnRadd, Oct 18, 2009.

  1. ConnRadd

    ConnRadd Active Member

    For the hogs, I used the Hornady's 150gr SSTs, which worked very well. Now, I have an opportunity in the near future to hunt deer. I'm not married to Hornady, but I only hear good things about this factory made bullet. So for my LR-308, I was looking at the 308 Win 168 gr BTHP Match or maybe 308 Win 168 gr A-Max Match. (Not really sure the difference or dis/advantages of either one)... Since this is a Semi-Auto rifle, I'm not able to use Light Mags.
     


  2. shellshook

    shellshook Member

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    I have an LR308 and am also curious about ammo selection for hunting?
     
  3. armadillo

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    Just about any .30 cal 150 gr. (except FMJ) will work for Texas deer.

    The SST and similar bullets are made for controlled expansion in hunting conditions. Bullets made for target shooting may not expand, or expand too quickly on game.
     
  4. Texas1911

    Texas1911 TGT Addict

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    Hornady's .308 Match is designed for a bolt-rifle, and is hot for a .308 load. I wouldn't put it in a semi-auto.

    The SST is essentially an A-Max Match bullet with a cannelure, they probably take the failures from the A-Max run and roll the cannelure in them and call it the SST. They shoot pretty damn well.

    For Texas deer, if you just want to save money you can use a 150 gr. Soft-Point all day. There's little need for much else for a scraggly whitetail.
     
  5. Texas1911

    Texas1911 TGT Addict

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    FMJ would work fine for hogs and deer. You'd have to place the shot in the shoulder or the head. If you break the front shoulder(s) you can follow up with a second shot as the deer will just plow.

    It's more ethical in my opinion to use something that is more suited, like an expanding munition.
     
  6. dbgun

    dbgun TGT Addict

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    +1...Soft points (Winchester, Remington, Federal, etc.) have always worked great for me. Deer or Hogs.:2cents:
     
  7. shellshook

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    I suspected as much on the 150 grain. I bought some Federal blue box stuff from Academy for $15ish a box. Figured it wouldn't be the best load, but for Texas deer, it shoud be ok. Thanks all. I'll try it out in a couple of weeks.
     
  8. Texas42

    Texas42 TGT Addict

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    Shoot anything that doesn't say "varmint" on it will probably work pretty well.
     
  9. ConnRadd

    ConnRadd Active Member

    Good to know... I'll plan on using the 150gr SSTs for Hogs and Deer. I thought the SSTs were geared more Larger or thick skin animals, but looks like a winner for more medium game. I would like to get my hands on the GMX and test them out, 95% copper 5% zinc.
     
  10. BurkGlocker

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    The same bullet you've been using on hogs will work just fine for deer. I load the 165 gr SST up for my rifle and use it exclusively for both critters.
     

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