Hey been a bow hunter for years, but I'm new to rifle hunting I have a Savage model 11 . 308 and was trying to figure out a good bullet weight to use for deer hunting this fall. Whats a good off the shelf round or is it better to reload?
For a factory 308 Win load also try Federal Fusion.....
I have to agree with others that Remington Core Locks in either 150 or 165 grain are good choices. I also like the Federal Fusion loads in both 150 and 165gr. Both of these Companies are aggressive wtih their pricing.
If you are not heart set on one Manufacturer I would recommend that you get one box each of Rem 150gr and 165gr. Same with regular red box Federals in 150gr and 165gr. If your budget allows then grab one box each of Federal fusions in 150gr and 165gr. With a clean bore then fire two shot strings at 25 yards of each one. Your rifle may not like some of the selections. Now drop back to 50 yards and repeat the test. You should have some offerings making one hole groups. Those are the ones that I would be staying with and doing the final zero with. After you have eliminated the others just have fun shooting up them. The more trigger time you get with your rifle the better you will shoot it. Just don't let it get real hot. A couple of two shot groups and then go down range and have a look at the targets.
start out at 25yds to get on paper and zero in scope then go right to 100yds, skip 50yd. once zeroed at 25yds now at 100yds all you should need to do is fine adjustments. Never use 50yds for scope zeroing.It will mke your job harder. at 50yds your bullet is in its arch. 25 and 100 should be very close.at 25 its still straight and at 100 its back out of its arch.>>>> check it out here is a demo
I shoot a 165 Hornady SST over 45gr RL15 out of my Savage 10 but I will say this. The rifle shoots good with everything from 125gr-220gr and I have had excellent out of the box performance with factory loads from Winchester Remington, Federal, and Hornady.
I shoot 150 grain Remington Corelokt in my NEF Handi Rifle. I have fired it nine times at deer ranging from 25 to 125 yards and killed nine deer with it. None required a second shot. Some died where they stood, some ran but none more than 100 yards. And those that did run left a very easy to follow blood trail.
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