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Favorite Mule Deer Cartridge?

Old 02-01-2008, 06:11 PM
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I used a .223 with a 55 gr. v-max tip to drop my 3.5 year old mulie this season, actually I used 3 but he still went less than 5 yards between the first and 3rd shots It was a bolt action too. 185 Yards. Mulies are dumb during the rut.I could have dropped him with a 22.He was so busy trying to ride a doehe had no idea what hit him. My deers lungs were pudding.When a whitetail hears a gun it takes off, evenwhen it is hit. A muley hears a gun shot and it puzzles them, so they dont bolt immediately.
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Old 02-01-2008, 06:16 PM
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My go to gun for mulies is my 7mm Rem Mag.
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Old 02-01-2008, 06:58 PM
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.270 or 7mm. mag.
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Old 02-01-2008, 07:50 PM
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7mm STW. Good luck.
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Old 02-01-2008, 09:19 PM
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This year I used my new Remington model 700xcr in 270wsm. Using factory Winchester 150gr. Winchester Power Point ammo. Shot was a lasered 298yds. Only took one shot and took out both lungs.
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Old 02-02-2008, 09:37 AM
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The 7mm-08 or the 308 either one will handle mule deer or elk
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Old 02-03-2008, 09:53 AM
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Whenever I head out west for mulies and/or antelope, the first rifle that goes into the case is my .270. Next is either the '06 or 7-08 as a back up. But the 270 was all I ever needed. Now to answer your question, if I were to pick a mulie cartridge today it would be #1 the 270, #2 the 7mm RM and never look back. There are a lot more options out there that would perform equally as well but these would be my choices.
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Old 02-06-2008, 08:37 AM
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As Jeff Ovington stated muleys are not hard to kill. Seems about half the whitetail I've seen shot ran a ways after the shot. I've yet to see a muley go more than 10yds after the shot. 95% of those where DRT. I think people think too much into cartridge selection. I've used my .243, 25-06, 7RM, and 30-06 and noticed Zero difference. I mainly shoot the 25 and the 7 just because the flatter trajectory helps with the longer shots out here. Brett

IMHO-someone saying the 270 isn't enough gun for mule deer is laughable!!!
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Old 02-06-2008, 09:08 AM
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Here we go again. Think open country, flatter shooting.. but its still just a deer so use a good bonded bullet and know your limits.. You certainly don't need a mag, especially if you don't want to waste meat.
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Old 02-06-2008, 01:12 PM
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I use a .308 as my regular hunting rifle when hunting muleys. A .270 will do the trick just fine though.
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