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Could someone give me some advantages and disadvantages of using 180 grain ammo compared to 165 or 150 grain ammo and help me determine which one is better?

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I'll assume while you posted this question in the white-tail section that you intend to shoot deer with it. Having said that, all the above grains are up for the task. The advantage of the lighter ones is that they are a bit flater to shoot and have less recoil (hardly noticable). I personally use the 180 grain bullet because my guns are used for various animals from deer to moose to bear and the 180 works well on each and every one of these. It is personal preference as to what you shoot but the key is what every you shoot, shoot it well. Try a couple of different brands of ammo(if not reloading) and see what works best in your rifle. Once you find the ammo go to the range as often as you can and get used to where that ammo will hit at different ranges. The bullet size is not nearly as important as where you shoot the animal and knowing your ranges.

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I agree with Chestergolf. While I haven't hunted whitetail I do hunt mule deer and for reference I use a 243 with 100 grain bullets out to 500 yards. I can get away with the long shots, because I hunt on open range, where clear line of sight is not hard (once you find the friggin bucks Wink).

So you should have plenty of knock down power, with any of your choices above.

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we prefer the 165 grain loads.

it is a potent load and was initially used from habit as it closely matches the military load used by in 'nam sniping.

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I prefer 150 grain handloads.......that is plenty for whitetails.

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This depends on a lot of variables.For example I hunt in thick bush when I use the 30-06 I USE 220 grain round nose soft points.Ive had people laugh at me for this but for the extra 1/2 pound of hamburger they put meat in the freezer. The shocking power is fantastic. Dead on at 50 yds sited in is dead on at 200 yds.They don't deflect like lighter loads or pointed soft points. ive converted a lot of guys over the past 40 years.Deer that would have went a 1/2 a mile just drop.Shot a buck at 200 one day through a stump.In open country I would drop to 180.Remember most white tails are taken in the 50 yd range.

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I shoot deer with 25-06 117 Gr.Flat shooting caliber with plenty of knock down power. For elk 30-06 Winchester Fail Safe 180Gr.The best my old ruger shoots.1-1/2 inch groups of 5 out to 200 yards.Mainly make sure you hit where you aim.Good Luck

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Try winchester Ballistic Silvertips. I use them in my BAR 30-06 never had a deer run more than 50 yards when hit in or near the vitals

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I agree with bnow, ballistic silvertips for my 30.06 in 165 grain. Use em for hogs also.

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Shoot the one that is most accurate in your rifle. All are good choices. Myself I prefer the 150 grain Remington Cor-Lok..of course no whitetail I ever shot ask me what the weight or brand of the bullet was...

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Actually accuracy has little to do with what size bullet one decides to shoot as long as your sights are set for that particular size bullet at ranges that you plan to shoot for example, I would not use a 180 grain bullet to shoot out to 500 yards when my scope was set using 150 grain bullets. Bullet type and shape does have alot to do with accuracy as well as differences between manufactures of exact sizes, shapes and styles. Your barrel, wind, sights(iron, optics or laser),amount of powder charge, firearm weight, even barrel temperature, damage to bullet tip while chambering the round and yourself all have greater effect on accuracy than bullet weight. All of the aforementioned being perfect, a bullet of any weight is going to consistantly go to the same spot. A bullet is gonna go where a bullet is gonna go when it leaves the muzzle, its up to you to place your crosshairs on its impact site at a given yardage and then be steady with your aim, keep your barrel clean, even temperature(dont sight your rifle in using 20 shots in 20 minutes and expect your shot to be accurate the next day with a cold barrel) and rifling sharp, keep tabs on the wind direction and speed and be consistant powder charges during the loading process if you want consistant accuracy. That Whitetail might not care about bullet manufacturer or size but he certainly does'nt want a shot thru his gut that will kill him slowly for 2 days.

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