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Old November 23, 2018, 04:51 PM   #1
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Managed Recoil Ammo vs Whitetail deer

This mature doe was shot at a distance of approx 150 yards with my older Savage .308 rifle. One bullet through the chest organs did the job nicely for me. This is my first hunt with Remington's reduced recoil ammo and I'm impressed. Typically, I hunt with my 30-30 carbine but had a hankering to take out my "big rifle" for a hunt.

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Old November 23, 2018, 05:46 PM   #2
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nice shot. what bullet weight?
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Old November 23, 2018, 06:51 PM   #3
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Bullet weight is 125 grains speeding along at about 2,600 fps. This is close to 300 Savage figures.

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Old November 24, 2018, 09:40 PM   #4
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Bullet weight is 125 grains speeding along at about 2,600 fps. This is close to 300 Savage figures.
My daughter has been shooting 125 grain bullets out of her .300 Savage at 3000 fps for the last few years. IMO the .300 Savage gives up very little to the .308 Win. 2600 fps is about what I expect out of 160-165 grain bullets in a .300 Savage.
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Old December 16, 2018, 10:12 PM   #5
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I have a perfect record on deer using my 7.62x39, which shoots a 125 grain 30 cal bullet at a blazing 2350 out of the muzzle...

But it works. Put a hole through both lungs and the deer dies quickly. Simple.
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Old December 17, 2018, 01:04 AM   #6
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over gunned

The numbers put up by the reduced loads in .308 are plenty of steam for whitetails, as "jack's" post show. I've posted before that most of us, me included (many times) are over gunned for deer. I have a safe full of "deer rifles" in the usual assortment of calibers, '06, .270, .308, .243, that I hunt on a regular basis. But what is working for me most often in recent years are light, tidy carbines in 7.62x39 and .44 mag. If I had a 30-30 (traded my last one years ago) I would include that in the carbine list. I should be hunting my .357 carbine as well, but am not.

Now that is all a bit circumstantial. Looking over my deer diary and kill log, (What? You don't keep one?) I note that most all my rifle kills are well under 100 yds, most half of that or less. I don't need the power generated by the big deer calibers for those distances. If I intend to hunt a ROW or large green plot, I will carry a big rifle, but I am primarily a treestand and thick cover guy and just don't need reach and power the big boys offer.

And those mild rifles are sure easy to tote.
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