Thread: Reloading
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Old March 18, 2018, 08:03 AM   #43
Join Date: March 5, 2018
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Try A Reduced Load

Most people choose 270 for the high velocity and ballistic coefficient of the bullets. If you shoot only to within 100 yards, you don't need either to kill deer reliably and you may blow up meat that you could eat if you use a bullet that's faster than you need.

Try sticking to the "starting load" from a manual or the Hodgdon site. That will be down around 2800 ft/s and still able to kill deer to hundreds of yards. It's like telling the deer to stand back ~100 yards with the 130SP from Hornady at maximum velocity. They are not likely to comply but you can reduce the muzzle velocity a couple hundred feet per second to accomplish the same effect. Being able to use a simple SP bullet will save you money, reduce recoil and muzzle blast all at the same time.
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