Just Bought a 300 short mag. i dont kow if that is too much for deer or not? i have been shooting at 150 to 300 yards at some old bowling balls and it pretty much makes a grenade out of them. but will it ruin a deer???
Shot placement is paramount . Not the calibre or bullet. I've seen deer hit in the shoulder by a 100 gr 243 cartridge that you would think was hit by a missle. I seen deer hit with 300 win mag through the ribs with hardly any damage.
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When I rifle hunt, I use a 300 wsm. Elk, Bear, Moose, Caribou, and Deer.
It has 200 to 300 fpe more than a 30-06. I use a bit tougher bullet (bonded core).
As has already been said. Placement. Put your shot in the chest vitals or the, here we go, head.
With the bonded cores you'll get some great blood trails, if you don't make that picture book shot.
No, it isn't to much gun for deer. I personally favor it. Then again, ya gotta love those 30 cals.
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I have to agree too. Shot placement is the key factor here not the size of the bullet. Bad placement reguardless of the caliber will ruing good meat. Plus the 300WSM will nock them on their butt. I use a S&W .308 and it kicks their butt.
Fantastic caliber choice!
I bought a 300 WSM last year and so far it has performed flawlessly. You were justified in thinking that it might be too much gun for whitetails due to the power of the cartridge, but just because the bullet has about 3,500 lbs/ft of energy doesn't mean that it transfers all of its energy to the deer. The more resistance the bullet meets, the more energy it will spend to get through. Last year I shot a deer with mine, and the bullet hit the backbone, leaving a quite noticeable exit wound. Normally it wouldn't damage any more meat than a 30-06. Like everyone else said, though, just make sure you hit the right spot.
While it's clearly more power than you need, it's a great caliber to control coyote and woodchuck populations with while you're waiting for another deer season. Have fun with it!
There is one tip I have learned over the years in hunting whitetails in late season snow. Do not overlook soybeans left standing on the edges of fence rows, woods, creeks, buildings wherever it might be, this is where the deer will be while the food lasts during late season. December/January will pull deer in from some distance away to feed on the easy to get to food.
I killed one of my nicest bucks off of a very small patch of soybeans that was left after rains created a...