This will be my first year of hunting some large bodied northern whitetails and I am not sure which ammo would be best for this task. I have not yet shot any animal with this rifle so not sure what round to shoot. I don't plan on shooting anything else other than hogs and coyotes and maybe a stray Nilgai that roams across our ranch in south Texas. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.
I wouldn't take it. Sure, it's plenty of gun but those big bodied northern deer are tough and are often steps away from deep ravines (if you're hunting in the Midwest). I love to shoot my .257 WBY and have killed deer weighing between 230-240 lbs on the hoof with it.
I shoot 99% of my whitetails with a 7mm-08 and soft nosed bullet. But when I'm hunting big, heavy bodied trophy deer, I shoot a 300 RUM with a 180 grain Swift Scirocco bullet. Square through both shoulders and they never take a step. And that would be the PERFECT round for Nilgai.