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Very Light Loads For Deer?

Old 09-06-2005, 06:49 AM
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A couple of years ago I loaded some 100 gr. hollow points for my 7mm mag. to do some extreme varminting. I found about 35 rounds the other day and was wondering if these loads would hold up to deer size game or would they blow up on impact? I shot about 10 rounds and discovered that they are grouping less than 1 3/4" @ 200 yards. Anyone had any actual experience using a bullet this small driven at high velocity (3500 fps)?
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Old 09-06-2005, 10:13 AM
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With the numbers that you posted, should be about the same ballistics as a .243 shouldn't it?
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Old 09-06-2005, 10:26 AM
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When I use my .243, I use Fed. 100gr NP.
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Old 09-06-2005, 12:12 PM
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I my self would think that that is a too light of a load for deer sized game.
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Old 09-06-2005, 12:20 PM
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I use factory load 100 gr. in my .250 Savage.
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Old 09-06-2005, 12:41 PM
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I would think that because they are hollow-points they would explode on contact. Not sure on this, but I'm not sure I would be willing to chance it....keep them for the varmits.
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Old 09-06-2005, 01:31 PM
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Why take a chance? Too many good bonded bullets out there to use.
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Old 09-06-2005, 01:41 PM
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Cloud...I expect they will do just fine...I have used the 85gr Sierra GameKing HPBT in my .243 for the past 3-4 years....Between a couple of buddies and I we have killed about 30 Gates County deer with...LOL

Most people hear "hollow point" and automatically think that they "blow up"...this is not the case....I have found that I get better penetration with the 85gr HP than the 100gr Sierra GamdKing SPBT

Do you remember what brand 7mm HP that you loaded up with???
That can make a difference....I have also killed many deer with a 22-250 and hollow points...back when Gates County had a .22 Law.



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Old 09-06-2005, 02:04 PM
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This depends on where you live. If they are midwest bucks GET BIGGER ROUNDS. If they are the dogs like down south kill them with a BB gun.
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Old 09-06-2005, 02:19 PM
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I know folks around here swear by the .243in this part of the country (Eastern, NC) so that's what I was also comparing to - thanks.
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