since i asked about this round in an earlier thread .....now im wondering since i want to hand load a round for it ........which bulllet n grain is best suited for whitetail n muleys.......i want to stick with a boattail bullet by the way n not rip a deer in half so to speak
thanks again for the help
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While I don't shoot extreme ranges when hunting, I've had great success with a 140 grain sgk bt in my 6.5x284.I load 47 grains of h4350 with federal match primers, Lapua brass and a long throat. It runs in the neighborhood of 2875 fps. This might get you a good starting point.
I know you mentioned deer, but I did use a 140grn Berger VLD from my 6.5-284 this year on an elk. It worked. Shot was about 200yds broadside. I put it though the lungs and he ran about 50yrd and stopped behind some brush. Stood there for a minute then made a death run downhill for about 100yds. The lungs were pretty shredded - small entrance hole and no exit. When we skinned and quartered him it looked like it broke 1 rib on the way in and just bruised the off side rib cage (no exit from chest). The only real issue was that there was zero blood trail. Luckily it was pretty open (so I had a good visual on where he was headed) and the ground was soft but the guide and I had a heck of a time finding his trail without blood. Not sure I would use it again though.
And by use it again I mean for elk. I think it would be ok for deer.
I think the amax is a good choice but DON'T shoot one up close. I used a 162 amax last yr in my 7 mag and shot a running buck at only 175 yards and it was very ugly. Once it sheds some velocity it should work better. I'm going to try the 160 accubond or ballistic tip next. Not a fan of HP match bullets on game...even if they are called hunting bullets.
I shoot Sierra Spitzer boat tail 140 grn. in my 6.5, I tried Bergers and Hornady with not much luck, another bullet that shot real well in mine was 140 grn. Rem. core locks, Midway sells them. Lapua brass is worth the price.
I believe a 6.5-284 to be on the edge for Elk. I would prefer a 338 or 30 caliber. With the 338 you can get away with a not so perfect hit or other things that can go wrong like hitting a shoulder. You will almost always get a pass through.