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BULLET SELECTION ?

I need some help selecting a bullet.

I have two loads, using two different bullets, that I need help selecting. The game is Coues Deer and Antelope. The range is out to 400 Yards. Both are giving sub MOA accuracy with the most accurate being the lighter of the two bullets.

Bullet 1) Nosler Ballistic Tip .257 100 Grain

Bullet 2) Hornady Soft Point .257 87 Grain

Given that I'm hunting antelope and a smaller sub-species of whitetail deer, 90# dressed out is big, out to 400 Yards and that the 87 Grain bullet has a slight advantage in the accuracy department but both are sub MOA which would you choose and why?

Thank you for your time and consideration in this matter.

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I've shot both of those out

I've shot both of those out of my 25-06.  I'd go with the Hornady - the BT's have come apart on me.  I still use the BT's on coyote's, but as for hunting - I don't use them.  I've used Hornady's in multiple caliber's including my 25-06, they always shoot accurate and drop what they hit.  Good luck.

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Of the two, I would go with a

Of the two, I would go with a 100gr. 87 is gonna be pretty fragile. The 100gr is fragile enough. Try a Hornady. All I shoot in my 25-06 are 117gr Hornadys. Get 3079fps and will shoot as far as you can. With the 100gr bullets I got a bit over 3300fps and hit solid meat and your gonna have a mess.

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Bullet Selection

If you elect to stay with Nosler, you might try switching to Accubonds. They fly like the BT but tend to stay together better. I believe they are rated for higher velocities as well.

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I myself would stay away from

I myself would stay away from the Nosler Ballistic Tip bullet for hunting just because they are fairly fragile. They should work fine on a coues deer and a antelope but do you want to take the chance.

I use them on javelina and have had no problems but something even around 70 pounds and you may start to have problems if you hit a rib or shoulder.

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Spire Point

I confirmed today that the 87 Grain Spire Point is the most accurate load in my rifle.
I shot a three shot group of 0.4" off the bench. The 100 Grain loads are erratic even with factory ammo. In fact my reloads of the 100 Grain ballistic Tip was half the size of factory load but still not up to my standards.
I'll take accuracy over bullet weight or energy any day of the week and my rifle has spoken. It has told me that it prefers the light to mid-weight bullets.

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That should be fine for those

That should be fine for those two small animals. I only shoot Hornady BTSPs in my 3 rifles---100 grain in the .243 Sako, 117 grain in the Ruger M77 25-06, and 150 grain in the pre 64 Model 70. All shoot well under MOA and I've never lost an animal yet with any of them. For elk I go to their 150 grain Interbond and it shoots to the same POI as the BTSPs, so there is no hassling with scope adjustments.

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To be honest, I wish I had a

To be honest, I wish I had a larger caliber or that my 25-06 liked a heavier bullet but such is not the case. I'll use what I have and be real concious of my distance and wind.
I know my capabilities pretty well and I'm not afraid to pass on a shot if I don't KNOW I can make it. I don't think, I know.
Good luck to all the Speedgoat Chaser out there this year.

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Don't trade off performance for accuracy

Don't trade off performance for accuracy. You said the both bullet's give you minute of angle accuracy, that is more than good enough for what you are wanting. By dropping down to an 87gr bullet you are opting for a faster bullet that may or may not preform as desired, even though it shoot's a bit better. In hunting it is never a good thing to take accuracy over preformance. As I said earlier, the 100gr would be my choice of what you selected and I don't used it anymore. As bad as a hit into anything solid get destroyed with that bullet, the 87gr bullet hit's something solid and it may not get inside. Don't trade off preformance for accuracy.

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I'm not trading performance

I'm not trading performance for accuracy.

The 100 Grain bullet proved erratic with more testing. I'm seeing that my rifle favors a flat base bullet so I'm going to try and work up a 100 Grain flat base load if I can locate some bullets.

If I can't get a load worked up in the next couple of weeks or so I'll be stuck using the 87 Grain load. It's not my preferred load but I can make it work.

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antelope hunting ...

Hey, you might try the 100 gr barnes ttsx's too.  Awesome bullets. 

Hey Don, I had the 250 AI out yesterday, averaging 3150 fps with 100 gr ttsx's over 38.5 gr of 4895 with the holes close enough for me!   I am a happy camper, I think I'm ready for those speed goats in Wy in a couple weeks. 

 

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