Originally Posted By smokey27:
I have shot 40-50 deer and hogs with the .308 using a 20 inch heavy barrelled sako bolt gun. What I learned:
1. Never use match bullets for hunting. that federal gold match 168 will shoot lights out at the range, and it will wound the crap out of a nice buck and leave you calling around looking for a tracking dog.
2. Dont use the ballistic tip. I love the nosler accubonds, but the ballistic tips could wound animals as well, they loo like they are the same bullets but they arn't. bonded core is a big deal, remington core locks, the most used bullet ever on deer, is a bonded core bullet.
3. I dont like the solid brass bullets made by several firms, barnes would be an example. I have seen them used by others and they tend to get through the little deer in texas so fast that they do little damage, leave a pin prick, as you might say, and they run off.
I would try hunting rounds in 150 165 and 180 grains and see what your gun groups the best and shoot them. My favorite round is the blackhills 180 grain accubond match load, but i also like the 180 grain partition from federal both in normal and high velocity loadings. I have never wounded and not recovered an animal with a 180 grain hunting bullet, I have lost animals with 150 grain ballistic tips and 168 grain match ammo.
I prefer the heavier the bullet the better for hunting, but somepeople like lightweight bullets because they have a higher velocity and a flatter trajectory. I would find a good premium hunting round that groups well in your gun and use that. I would hate to lose a trophy deer because I tried to save 60 cents a round on a 20 round box of ammo.
150gr Barnes TTSX will fit the bill....