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#3077453 - 12/13/12 12:47 PM Question on bullets
woodsman87
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Sorry for ignorance, and I might know some about but not enough about bullets.
Could some of yall explain the advantages/disadvantages of some of these different bullets?
Like Remington Core-lokts and winchester ballistic tips. I give these two examples because that is about all I have ever used because it seems like that is all wal-mart ever has. I have had sucess with both of them, and can never remember an instance where I ever blamed lost deer on bullet. I always blame it on myself for no patience, to thick, or scope off.

And does brand names matter to yall? Would you shoot the federal ballistics over the winchesters??

Just some questions I have, mainly have been brought up by people say they loose deer because it was a bad bullet.

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#3077498 - 12/13/12 01:26 PM Re: Question on bullets [Re: woodsman87]
Rubberduck270
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Personally, unless I'm shooting at a coyote I won't use ballistic tips. They are designed for rapid expansion and rarely exit the animal (in my experience). For whitetail I prefer a bonded bullet that will have controlled expansion and offer good penetration. There have been a ton of deer killed with Remington Core-Lokts over the years. However, of all the guns I've shot them through they never grouped as well as other brands.

Most Wal-Marts carry the Winchester Power Max Bonded in most popular calibers. So if you're only shopping at Wal-Mart that would be the round I would recommend. If you're more open to shopping elsewhere I'll recommend Federal Fusions, Hornady Interbond and Interlock, or any round loaded with Nosler Partitions or Nosler Accubonds (if it has Nosler in the name it's gonna be pricey).

In general, you want a bullet that will expand quickly AND penetrate deeply.
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#3077537 - 12/13/12 01:46 PM Re: Question on bullets [Re: Rubberduck270]
348Winchester
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Bullets are of sundry designs.

For deer, the core-lokt is hard to beat. The Federal power-shoks and Winchester power-points are also good deer bullets. They are simple soft points that are economical and get the job done. No need for fancy premium bullets on deer.

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#3077568 - 12/13/12 02:13 PM Re: Question on bullets [Re: 348Winchester]
woodsman87
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and what about the weight, grain of the bullet? Does it make much difference? I usually buy the 180 grains (I have a 30-06) but right now I am using 150s and that is by mistake. I needed some shells while my dad was at the store and I told him to bring some back. He brought back the 150s. I wouldn't think it would make much difference but still wondering. These are core-lokts im talking about.
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#3077582 - 12/13/12 02:27 PM Re: Question on bullets [Re: woodsman87]
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Soft points
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#3077607 - 12/13/12 02:43 PM Re: Question on bullets [Re: Rockhound]
Rubberduck270
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Weight isn't really a big deal with the distances were shooting at (especially with a 30-06). Some guns will group better with a heavier bullet and others like the lighter ones. It will change your point of impact going from one weight to another though.
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#3077769 - 12/13/12 05:03 PM Re: Question on bullets [Re: woodsman87]
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Any of the bullets that you mentioned will and do work fine for deer-it is just a matter of hitting them where you are supposed to hit them. A premium bonded or upper end bullet is not needed for deer but they will certainly kill them. I generally used 150s when I used an 06 though 180s will work too. I have had good luck with Ballistic Tips on deer and have plenty of pass throughs which I like. There is a btip hunting and a btip varminting with different upset characteristics-use the appropriate one. Reloading your own ammo gives you a near limitless combination loads depending on your wants and needs.
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#3078702 - 12/14/12 08:59 AM Re: Question on bullets [Re: Plateau Hunter]
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Like has been said already, the Rem Core-Lokt bullets are cost effective and do a great job on deer. I use them in 150gr in my -06 and they group great. I am however considering expanding my horizons a little and trying some of the ones mentioned, b/c if they group any better than the core-lokt's, that would be pretty awesome to me.
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#3078892 - 12/14/12 10:42 AM Re: Question on bullets [Re: MUP]
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It's funny to me to spend $500+ on a gun not including scope. Money for gas and stands to go but cheap out $10 on bullets. Corelokts are ok bullets but there are much better options for not much more.

Get the best you can afford, if the once and a lifetime animal come outs don't you want to know the bullet will not be the issue.
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#3078927 - 12/14/12 11:01 AM Re: Question on bullets [Re: REN]
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It is hard to beat the cost/results of a Rem. Core-loct bullet, I hunted twenty yrs with them in every gun I owned until I started reloading my own ammo. IMO, it is one of the top factory ammo on the market in its class.

In an .30-06, I would seriously consider staying in the 165-180gr range with bullet weight, better performance from them with that caliber.

Once again, this is just my opinion, everyone has there own.

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