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#5653157 - 03/16/15 08:11 AM Mule deer bullet selectio
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Hey guys. Just got word that I'll be going to Montana for a mule deer/whitetail hunt in November.

I'll be rolling my own ammo for this one. Shots should be around 300 possibly out to 500. Shooting a 1975 Remington 700 in 30-06. I was thinking about going with a 180gr barns triple shock or a nosler partition. Any other suggestions or thoughts on the above bullets?

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#5653235 - 03/16/15 09:08 AM Re: Mule deer bullet selectio [Re: SpoonPlatoon]
BIGDOG1956 Offline
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Registered: 10/26/09
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Both of those bullets are good. I hunt mule deer with a 30\06 and 300 wsm with a 165 grain ballistic silvertip.
This is a coated bullet and it gives me more velocity, and the ballistic tip opens well up at long ranges.

#5653264 - 03/16/15 09:41 AM Re: Mule deer bullet selectio [Re: SpoonPlatoon]
JRJ6 Offline
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I run Barnes and Nosler in my 30.06 and have never had any issues with either one.
Good luck on your hunt!

#5653300 - 03/16/15 09:58 AM Re: Mule deer bullet selectio [Re: SpoonPlatoon]
redchevy Offline
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If you go with the barnes I would would drop down to the lightest weight you can, 180 grain out of a 30-06 is too heavy/slow especially for shots at distance.
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#5653336 - 03/16/15 10:20 AM Re: Mule deer bullet selectio [Re: SpoonPlatoon]
papa45 Offline

Registered: 05/14/07
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Loc: Arlington
I'd go with a 165 Accubond or Ballistic Tip if you're serious about 3-500 yards.

#5654222 - 03/16/15 08:31 PM Re: Mule deer bullet selectio [Re: SpoonPlatoon]
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Yup! The 165 Accubond is my go-to 30 cal bullet.
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#5654317 - 03/16/15 09:16 PM Re: Mule deer bullet selectio [Re: SpoonPlatoon]
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Yep, Barnes need to be run light for caliber to really be effective. I would opt for the Accubond or something similar that provides the accuracy you desire at long range to include the devastation needed for a hunting bullet.
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#5655654 - 03/17/15 08:00 PM Re: Mule deer bullet selectio [Re: SpoonPlatoon]
BIGDOG1956 Offline
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Registered: 10/26/09
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The Ballistic Silvertip Bullet and the Accubond are the same bullet basically the only difference's is the
Accubond is bonded to the jacket for controlled expansion and the silver tip is coated for a little higher speed.
The barnes is a longer bullet and is made of copper and most hunters go with a smaller size for more velocity.
I have used the Ballistic Silvertip, the Partition and Barnes.
I would try some in my rife and see what shoots best.

Edited by BIGDOG1956 (03/17/15 10:11 PM)
Edit Reason: gramer

#5659730 - 03/20/15 05:57 AM Re: Mule deer bullet selectio [Re: SpoonPlatoon]
Rocklock Offline
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Registered: 08/09/10
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Loc: Cedar Valley, Travis Co., TX

I've used both 150 & 180 gr. in the .30-06. I used the 180s when hunting both mulies and elk the same season.
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