Ok, I'll make this as short as possible.
This year I shot Federal Fusion 165gr bullets from my 300 WSM. Took a mule deer buck at about 400 yards, dropped in its tracks. Also took a whitetail doe at about 50 yards, again, dropped in its tracks. The problem that I had was the damage that the bullets did. I'm by no means a great shot and on the buck I was aiming right behind the shoulder, but it went through the shoulder and did a lot of damage to the meat.
So I'm looking for a lead free bullet that can perform well. I'm looking at the federal premium ammo with barnes bullets. The problem that I'm having is that I would like to use one round for the game I'm hunting....antelope, deer, elk, and bear.
My question is this....is the 165 gr too big for antelope (just looking at the damage to the deer that I shot) and number two is the 165gr big enough for black bear? I usually hunt bear in the spring and the rest in the fall, so I could conceivably sight in with 165-180gr for the spring bear and then sight in a lower caliber for the fall hunts. Which brings up another question...would the 130gr federal premium barnes tsx be big enough for elk? I don't want to get another rifle, as being an avg shooter at best, I can get good grouping out if the rifle, and I've spent a lot of money with "accessories." Also, is there any other lead free bullets anyone would suggest using?
Thanks in advance.