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Old 12-03-2009, 08:33 AM
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Hey Everyone. New guy here. I hope this is in the right place. So i shoot a 300 savage with 150gr remmingtons. i was just packing up for next weeks deer hunting trip here in PA and noticed somehow i bought 180 gr byt mistake! Since apparently 300 Savage shell are a hot item around here, i cant find 150's anywhere! I shoot a lil high and left at 100 yards with the 150gr. How much will shooting 180's affect the drop of the bullet for shots of 100 yards or less. Bottom line.....should i worry about using the 180's next week and possibly missing a deer?????? I wont be able to a range in time to find out either....thats why im asking all the experts here! Thanks.
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Old 12-03-2009, 09:28 AM
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Always, always check your gun when switching ammo. It probably won't be off by much, but shoot a pop can er SOMETHING to check!
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Old 12-03-2009, 09:53 AM
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i know haha. I guess i just wasnt paying attention when the clerk gave them to me. I know i asked for 150's! Unfortunetly i dont know if ill even be able to shoot the 180's before i hunt monday to even see what they do. i guess i could just pray they dont shoot THAT much different
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Old 12-03-2009, 09:59 AM
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Can't say for sure. They should not be much different. If you can't try a couple before hunting, only take close shots. Sometime mid-day, get to a spot where you can shoot a shot or two to test them.
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Old 12-03-2009, 04:54 PM
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In theory if you keep your shots to about 100 yards, you shouldn't see much difference. However, even bullets of the same weight can shoot to a different point of impact when switching between brands or even lot numbers. If it were me I'd sure try and find a time and place to at least fire one shot at 100 yards. Just a few months ago I switched from Winchester to Remington 150 grain ammo in my Remington 700 30-06, and the point of impact was about five inches to the right.
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Old 12-03-2009, 05:14 PM
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Your point of impact will surely be off, but at 100 yards or less it could be negligible. But, at the same time it could be a bunch. Sometimes a heavier bullet will even shoot higher than a lighter one out to about 75 yards. I do have a chart that shows where it should impact and I will check here in a bit.
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Old 12-03-2009, 05:18 PM
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The Remington shoot program shows that for a 200 yard zero, you set your zero at about 2.4 inches high at 100 for 150gr bullet and 3.5 inches high for 180gr bullet. That still doesn't help though for windage until you shoot the gun and see which way it wants to drift.
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Old 12-04-2009, 07:25 AM
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I would shoot it for sure before hunting...shouldnt take too long!!!
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Old 12-04-2009, 09:17 AM
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I would think that at 100 yards or less the difference in impacts shouldn't be much more than a couple inches - still "minute-of-deer". I wouldn't shoot much past 100 yards though without going to range.
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Old 12-04-2009, 02:56 PM
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Get to the range and shoot a few to make sure. I've seen different loads be off as far as 6" at 100 from each other, and not always in a predictable direction. The only way to know is to shoot it. Think about it this way, if the buck of a lifetime steps out in front of you at 150-200 yards, and you miss, you'll be kicking yourself for the rest of your life for not taking an hour or two out of your day to go confirm your zero. Also, 6" off the mark, plus a couple inches shooter error, could easily mean the difference between DRT and wounded but not recovered. Get thee to the range!

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