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Best deer hunting cartridge.

In your opinion what is the best deer hunting cartridge for .308? Over the counter preferably. But if anyone would like to comment on their reload, that's cool too.
I ask because I think I shot a nice buck this season with Federal .308 BTHP Gold Medal Match - 168 grain, but I found no blood trail. My buddy told me not to use that round. Any comments? It's very accurate. What would make it a bad hunting round?
Oh, by the way....I'm shooting a Remington 700 Varmint.

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150 grain remington corelokt. $12 at dicks or walmart.

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I am shooting the Winchester Ballistic Silvertips 168 grain out of my .308 They have been the best factory load I have tried so far. I've probably killed around 10 deer with them, and haven't had to track one yet.

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Federal loads sierra matchkings in their match shells. These are not designed to preform like a hunting bullet. I have to agree with pumpgun, 150 corlokts would be hard to beat.

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corlockts are well proven. My dad shot a doe this year with a 300 savage (almost identical specs as .308) and my cousin helped him a bit with the trailing. There was blood where the deer was hit, and then nothing really for about 30-40 yards, and then a light trail (sprinkled drops) the last 30 yards. About a 70 yard death run and the deer fell down in heavy brush. Double lung, perfect shot.

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I would agree on the 150 corelokts.

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It's never a good idea to use a match grade bullet for hunting unless you have an understanding of which ones will expand. Most (but not all) match grade bullets have too heavy a jacket to allow for proper expansion. You should have listened to your buddy.

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The nice point about a .308 is that it enough gun that any game bullet (not match bullets) will work well for deer. I don't think there is any need for premium bullets. Before I loaded Accubonds for him, my brother had success with Federal Fusions in his .308.

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In your opinion what is the best deer hunting cartridge for .308? Over the counter preferably. But if anyone would like to comment on their reload, that's cool too.
I ask because I think I shot a nice buck this season with Federal .308 BTHP Gold Medal Match - 168 grain, but I found no blood trail. My buddy told me not to use that round. Any comments? It's very accurate. What would make it a bad hunting round?
Oh, by the way....I'm shooting a Remington 700 Varmint.
The 168 gr BTHP gold medal match is not and was not designed as a hunting bullet , if you go to the sierra bullet web page it tells you this bullet is not reccomended for hunting.

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Well that's the thing....I think I rushed the shot. I think I missed. But the point was when I told my buddy about the event, he told me NOT to use that round for deer hunting. And after reading the posts on here, I'm going to buy some Core Lokt and/or Winchester Silver Tips. I've used the Win ST's in my 7mm/08 and they worked great. But the Remmy Core Lokt's are cheaper.

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