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Hedgelj

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I have a bunch of the different weights. I'm using all the 150gr before I switch. My CVA cascade really likes them and can print sub inch 3 shot groups at 150 yards with them. Its hard to argue that type of accuracy but i think I'd prefer a different type of bullet.
 

5Cent

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Whole sha-bang

 

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Yup - funny I had just went over that article yesterday as I'm in the market to maybe get one for the upcoming gun season... I haven't hunted gun in OH in 13-14 years.. or more... years before I started managing the property in 2013.

From the ballistic charts in it and most likely ranges to hunt, I already have 40 y/o 30-06 so just something to increase my accuary and as has been said - not clean up the ML. Plus a second shot within 45 secs...

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Based on the the above and comments I'm heading to the 350L in 160. I've shot the 30-06 in 165BT on Elk, Bear, Mulies, antelope and whitetail. My experience is that weight kills what it hits - albeit a bit faster in the 30-06.

The most common figure thrown around when hunters discuss the energy required to ethically kill a whitetail is 1,000 ft.-lb.
 
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Hedgelj

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Yup - funny I had just went over that article yesterday as I'm in the market to maybe get one for the upcoming gun season... I haven't hunted gun in OH in 13-14 years.. or more... years before I started managing the property in 2013.

From the ballistic charts in it and most likely ranges to hunt, I already have 40 y/o 30-06 so just something to increase my accuary and as has been said - not clean up the ML. Plus a second shot within 45 secs...

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Based on the the above and comments I'm heading to the 350L in 160. I've shot the 30-06 in 165BT on Elk, Bear, Mulies, antelope and whitetail. My experince is that weight kills what it hits - albeit a bit faster in the 30-06.
IME the 160gr bonded winchester is the one I see the least. Followed closely by the hornady 165. I've yet to see any of the barnes or all copper 150gr win in person.

I mainly see the 150 g, 145, 180 win, and the browning loads.
 

Bighoun52

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Nice bear... Is that this year??? When in Pa. I carry my Remington 700 Classic chambered in 35 Whelen....
Yeah I shot him Saturday. We are in Jefferson and elk county. He was number 8 this year. First animal I have shot with my 45-70. Hit him thru the shoulders first shot. I shot again but definitely didn’t have to. The hole when we skinned him was wild. I wish I took a pic
 

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I went to Cabela's this morning to pick up some boots ammo and another gun. I seen this on their ad when I was there. If you sign up for the club card it's a decent deal plus you'll get $20 more off I think for signing up and they have 0 percent financing for 12 months depending on how much you spend I forget what it said exactly.
 

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I love guns, own a bunch and hunt all over but love bowhunting most. That being said I have a few muzzleloaders, one of which is a custom smokeless. This is my go to deer gun. Legal basically everywhere, can outshoot most rifles and feels different to me being a one shot and done. Granted everyone has a flavor, needs and desires but this is a niche most aren’t considering that is so sweet.

Good Luck. The best thing you can do is shoot a few different guns.
 

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I love guns, own a bunch and hunt all over but love bowhunting most. That being said I have a few muzzleloaders, one of which is a custom smokeless. This is my go to deer gun. Legal basically everywhere, can outshoot most rifles and feels different to me being a one shot and done. Granted everyone has a flavor, needs and desires but this is a niche most aren’t considering that is so sweet.

Good Luck. The best thing you can do is shoot a few different guns.
@Lundy would really like this post.
 

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I went to Cabela's this morning to pick up some boots ammo and another gun. I seen this on their ad when I was there. If you sign up for the club card it's a decent deal plus you'll get $20 more off I think for signing up and they have 0 percent financing for 12 months depending on how much you spend I forget what it said exactly.
@Mdavis96
 
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hickslawns

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$350? I don't see what calibers it is available in. Is it 350 legend? That might not be a bad coyote gun in the odd season too.
 

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I spend many years hunting NY and SC with a WIN Model 70 in 0.270WIN, loaded up with 150 gr. Nosler Partition bullet, and 53 gr. of H450. Most of my cartridges were necked-down '.06's which I got from the NY Armory. I moved to Ohio, and had to learn how to ambush hunt with a crossbow. I saw and shot a lot more deer with that Crossman crossbow, than I had seen in 23 years of hunting, in NY's northern zone, or McCormick County, SC. Having killed a nice 8PT with a 12ga and some pumpkin balls (and had to take a few shots to put him down), I resolved to buy a rifle, for Ohio's quirky gun season. I looked at the 0.350 Legend, the 0.450 BM, and the .45-70. Each one of those rounds seemed fine for my use (almost all of my shots would be down or across the woods in a tree stand, less than 100 yards). I settled on a 0.450BM, in Remington 783. It's awefully short rifle, but it does hold a zero out at 200 yards, with a 2" group (1 moa). Buy what suits you. Practice with it, so it's use becomes memory. If you 'destroy meat', then shoot two deer. If you do get a .450BM, be prepared to pay for ammo, or reload. There are plenty of websites with data on the loads. The Reloader22 seems to work fine, with the 250gr FTX bullet (cheaply sold as a Blackpowder Sabot round). Have fun....
 
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