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post #1 of 25 (permalink) Old 12-09-2010, 05:29 PM Thread Starter
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300 ultra mag bullet recommendations

I bought a 300 RUM last spring and shot a couple different factory loads thru it(Nosler custom, Federal 180g TB, Rem 180g level 3) and the Federals grouped the best which I ended up using this year, BUT...

I used these loads on a sitka blacktail (340 y shot) and a PA buck (75y) and the deer didn't drop on the spot. The blacktail took a quartering toward me shot thru shoulder exiting opposite side by hind leg and still required a coup de grace shot as it got up.
The whitetail was broadside thru chest destroying 3-4 ribs on both sides. He was dead but still ran 75y.

My question is which bullet(s) should I look at trying so there is no questions(drops in tracks) for next year?
BTW bullet fragments were found on each deer at exit wound but nothing intact.

Thanks for the input!!
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Re: 300 ultra mag bullet recommendations

There is no magic bullet, shot placement is the key. It sounds like on both your shots you put good hits on them but some deer/animals are just tougher than others.
Unless you hit the brain, spine or smash both front shoulders, deer can...do...and will run even with their vitals pulverized. They are dead, just don't know it.

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Re: 300 ultra mag bullet recommendations

A high shoulder shot is what you're looking for
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Re: 300 ultra mag bullet recommendations

I use a .300 Win mag and have had some drop in tracks and others go a short distance like 25 yards or less. Deer did not know they were dead but learned shortly they were.

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A high shoulder shot is what you're looking for
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Re: 300 ultra mag bullet recommendations

I use a poly tipped hand load out of my 300 rum, Hart in Nescopec loaded me a bunch when i bought the rifle from them
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Re: 300 ultra mag bullet recommendations

Regardless of cartridge size or selection. You can have a deer run a short distance with a boiler room shot. It is that simple. There is no "magic bullet" for DRT shots in the rib cage. You have not taken away any of the deers ability to run. And even though the deer is running dead-the deer just doesn't know it yet.

The best shot for dropping deer in their tracks is a front shoulder shot. I do not feel the need for it to be a high front shoulder shot. But anywhere between 1/2 way up to 3/4 of the way up is great IMO. To high and you can also have tenderloin damage. I do not mind front shoulder meat damage, but I deplore tenderloin meat damage.

My favorite shot on a deer is when the have the front leg forward on the entry side. I then tuck the bullet in behind the front leg on the entry side, and take out the leg or shoulder on the exit side. Those deer will go straight down. Especially with your 300UM.

Also for the 300 RUM I like the heavier Sierra bullets. Either 180 or 200 grain. I don't realy care for the controled expansion bullets for whitetail. They just seem to go straight through. Penetration is not a problem with deer. Elk-YES. Deer-NO. Tom.
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Re: 300 ultra mag bullet recommendations

Tues evening I shot a large doe with my 300 RUM.

I always shoot for the top of the heart to sever the major blood vessels the, both arteries and vien. I hit my point of aim perfectly. The deer did not move, I believe the shock broke most of the neck nerves/sninal cord. NO meat loss.

I was shooting 165 Grand Slam, loaded to max. range was about 124 yds...cold out there.
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Re: 300 ultra mag bullet recommendations

The 185 Bergers and the 180 nosler BT worked for me. However I don't care if you shooting a 50 BMG it's more about shot placement

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I like a 240 grain SMK. Neck shots will stop them in their tracks more than any other shot you can do except the computer room. I think the problem with a head shot is the risk involed with missing and shooting their face off. They will die by starving to death, a cruel way to go. I have never had a deer take another step with a neck shot, and you will have minimal meat damage. I agree that shot placement is the key but you gotta admit with a 50 BMG shot placement isn't as critical, same can be said about a 240 grain SMK out of a RUM
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