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300 deer load

About the only rifle I have left, that I can pack, for deer size game ia a 300 win mag.

I was going to load down a round to keep from destroying so much meat.

 I hunt open country and shots are available as long as you wish to take them.  However, considering my time to practice shooting at ranges greater than 350 to 400 yds, I don't take them.  OK, considering the B.C. of the 165 and 180 gr bullets, you don't gain anything but a bit MV for a shorter distance. Which bullet would you load and why?

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I would go with the 165. 

I would go with the 165.  Either a 165 Sierra Game King or 165 Hornady BTSP (interlock).  Only reason's I can think of would be flatter trajectory and less cost of reloading.  With a .300 Win, it'll be hard to avoid the meat damage. 

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AF,

Interesting thoughts, I have not made up my mind as to how I will load.  Still looking at data.

I have shot the 165 Hornady BTSP and it is a potent rd.  I have a 30/338 wildcat (similar to 300 win mag) who's throat is worn out.  It was built on a Springfield action and that metal is getting up there in age, I decided to retire it.  That 165 in it was better than average.  However, on lighter game the destruction was huge, especially if you hit big bone.  While I like flatter shooting, about the only way you maintain that is through velocity. I believe that is where the damage is coming from.  I believe you are correct in that keeping the flatter trajectory, meat damage will be hard to avoid.

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I'd stick with the heaver

I'd stick with the heaver bullet.  It will stay together a lot better than a lighter one on a animal the size of a deer.  I remember the first deer that I shot with a .340 Weatherby and a 225 grain bullet.  I thought that I was going to have hamburger but it was almost a clean pass through with massive destruction on the innards.

As for loading it down I like the 150 grain bullets for deer out of a .30-06 and it wouldn't be that hard to load a .300 down to that.   

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I was thinking that as a result of the 180 gr's better BC, it might hold flight path better at lower velocities than the lighter bullets.  Might try a Hornady 180 BTSP at 308 or 30-06 speeds.  Need to find a powder that provides a decent case fill at these velocities to provide for a uniform burn.  Need a primer that will work with said powder.

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.300 win mag

For deer in that caliber I'd use a 150gr or 165gr.  You have a lot of power in that cartridge as it is.  You can use 180gr if you want, but....how much meat do you want bloodshot? Plus the lighter bullets will give you a flatter trajectory for those long range mule deer shots.

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I had always figured that if

I had always figured that if I was to have a 300 mag, I'd load it with 200gr bullets. But a lot of people that use it stick with the 180gr. Better BC on the 200gr and good muzzle velocity. But I doubt that the velocity will be hard on the bullet. I have never understood the love of lighter, 180 and below, in the 300 mag. I think mthe 180 is just right for the 30-06 and the 165 just right for the 308.

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300 win mag

Your probably right Don, when it comes to the 300 win mag.  It's probably best to use a heavier bullet in that. This is exactly the reason I've always thought a 300 win mag is an overpowered cartridge for something the size of a deer.  It would function better with a heavier bullet and best used on large dangerous heavy game like Grizzlies or Polars.  It can be used perfectly fine for deer, but for deer I would suggest going with a lighter bullet in that cartridge.  Either way, it will cleanly harvest a deer if the hunter does their part correctly.

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