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.300 win. mag.-is it too big for deer

people use 300 ultramags on whitetails so I would say you are safe I have shot mule deer with everything from a .270 to a 300 ultramag. Its all about shot placement not what gun you use . As long as your not under gunned your fine.

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.300 win. mag.-is it too big for deer

i dont know much about muleys or elk but around here a 300.mag is like shooting a elephant with an abrams tank. Its just to big. i personally like to stick with my 150grain ballistic tipped .308, but whatever floats your boat i guess. Think

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.300 win. mag.-is it too big for deer

While all of the calibers can get the job done, I'm happy with the venerable 30-06, which covers everything in North America.

Shot placement and choice of bullet should be given higher priority to caliber selection.

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.300 win. mag.-is it too big for deer

I shoot a .338 Win Mag and I use it for deer. I use the 200 grain Nosler BT's...but two years ago shot a muley with a 225 grain Nosler AB and shot him in the neck and he did not take a step died right there,

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.300 win. mag.-is it too big for deer

How can you "over kill" something? Dead is dead. 300wm will get er done on M.deer. Pick a load and go hunting. Put the bullet in the bread basket an you'll have a dead deer.

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.300 too big for deer?

hi, I'm no outfitter, but I've killed a large number of whitetails from 40--350 yds with a 300 weatherby. A shoulder shot will ruin some meat, but a trophy on the ground is worth it. I've helped friends shooting 25-06's, 308's, Thumbs up 7mm08's and other comparatively weak rounds chase their deer for hundreds of yards, some are still out there. My experience with a lung shot is that a lung shot out to 350 yds will suck most of the lung tissue out the exit hole and drop the animal in it's tracks. I use nosler ballistic tips in 165 and 180 gr., and have never recovered a bullet. And I've never had a deer complain.

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.300 win. mag.-is it too big for deer

180-gr. Nosler Ballistic Silvertips are excellent deer medicine from 30-06 and 300 caliber magnums. The front 1/2 of the bullet will grenade the animal to death while the rear portion will keep on penetrating (like a partition) for a complete pass-through.

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.300 win. mag.-is it too big for deer

I took my mulie last Oct with my 300WM at 375 yds I was using 165 grain Hornady interbond. He dropped on the spot.

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.300 win. mag.-is it too big for deer

Is a .300 Win Mag too big for deer? In my opinion YES! However, if that's what you got, then by all means use it. It will cetainly kill them. Since Mules often require long distance shots, then a .300 win mag isn't really a terrible choice. You can take any animal in North America with it and most African game too. For deer just stick with a good standard soft point bullet, as you don't need premium bonded bullets for deer. A great all-around cartridge. Yes

Never lost a deer to those so-called "weak" eye roll cartridges like the .243 Win or 6mm Rem, even a 7mm08. All bullets require a hit to the vital area to kill game. Folks loosing deer to those great cartridges must have made a pretty bad shot.

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.300 win. mag.-is it too big for deer

Don't think too many folks would say a 30-06 is over-kill for deer, but take a standard 165-gr. bullet in a 30-06 at 210 fps less than a 300 Win Mag and it'll likely penetrate more than the magnum.

The additional 210 fps in the Win Mag creates more shock as the bullet fragments better because of it's higher velocity. Thus in a way - making the 300 more devastating on light-skinned game like deer than the '06!

In short, we're basically splitting hairs here; both calibers will easily get the job done if the shooter does his part.

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