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Range of use for 150 grain .308 bullets?

Range of use for 150 grain .308 bullets?

Who above was speaking without experience?
And who said that a 150gr AB wouldn’t kill anything at 200 yds or beyond?
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#13083261 – Yesterday at 09:28 PM Re: Range of use for 150 grain .308 bullets? [ Re: rickt300 ] Joined: Sep 2010
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Southern Arkansas Originally Posted by rickt300 Since I don’t think I will shoot at anything farther than 500 yards ever it looks like The 150 and the 165 grain range of bullets have plenty of thump as far out as I will use them on just about anything up to elk. To me even if a bullet will expand at 1300 fps the energy level is about what a 357 magnum puts out with the bullet very much under the effect of wind. That is too far for me to speculate pulling the trigger. I will go for the energy a 150 or 165 puts out at near 2000 fps being more like what a 30-30 does at the muzzle.
Rick
I used to use 150 HSP exclusively in the 30-06. But some years back I changed to 165 HBTSP @ 2900 FPS it does all I want & require of a c/c bullet.
Plus the 165 BT helps retain vel & betters the Trajectory.
400 yds is my max comfortable & confident killing distance. At 500 IF everything is NOT favorable — I pass.
At 500 yds I only have to see a few inches (basically light) above hairline BUT NOT in hi wind and deer NOT
obstructed by brush etc.
Jerry
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#13083896 – 6 hours ago Re: Range of use for 150 grain .308 bullets? [ Re: MarineHawk ] Joined: Jul 2001
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Banana Belt, Montana MarineHawk,
I was not directing my comment about experience to you, but I’ll bite anyway. How many animals have you taken with 150-grain bullets in the .308?
I took my first in 1966 at age 14, a mule deer. Since then my wife and I have taken 16 species of big game with the .308, from northern North America to southernmost Africa. That’s species, not individual animals, and we’ve taken a bunch of certain species with the .308, especially pronghorns, whitetails and mule deer, and feral pigs. Eileen probably took the biggest pig, and we’ve been hunting pigs for 30 years now, from South Carolina to California. Dunno exactly how how much it weighed, since it easily bottomed out a 250-pound scale. She dropped it cleanly with a 150-grain Partition through the shoulders.
The other animals have varied in size from pronghorn, deer, and similar-sized African plains gam to elk and zebra, with many others in between those extremes, such as caribou and gemsbok. The bullets have primarily been 150’s, from simple cup-and-cores to bonded and monolithic “premiums,” but we’ve also used bullets from 130-180 grains. Last fall I took a mule deer buck with a 165 Trophy Bonded Tipped, and Eileen a big cow elk with a 130-grain Tipped TSX.
I first responded on this thread with our experiences with 150-grain bullets in the .308 because that’s seemed to be an answer to what the original poster asked. Of course, Campfire threads tend to go off in tangents, many only vaguely related to the original question, because like most Internet sites it seems to be a place where people need to express themselves, whether relevant or not. But I do generally try to respond to the original question.
John
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Northern California Both of these bulls were taken with .308 Winchester firing 150-grain rounds:
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Orygun Cool Moose John. I know that featherweight I sold to you really liked 150gr. bullets. What kind of bullet did you use exactly? Hornady, Nosler, Barnes..
Originally Posted by raybass I try to stick with the basics, they do so well. Nothing fancy mind you, just plain jane will get it done with style.
Originally Posted by Pharmseller You want to see an animal drop right now? Shoot him in the ear hole.
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#13084293 – 3 hours ago Re: Range of use for 150 grain .308 bullets? [ Re: rickt300 ] Joined: Feb 2010
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Northern California The first bull shown was shot two years ago at a range of 7 yards with Nosler Partition. The second one was shot last year at a range of 65 yards with Nosler Accubond.
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Orygun Damn, that’s getting up close and personal. Great job!!
Originally Posted by raybass I try to stick with the basics, they do so well. Nothing fancy mind you, just plain jane will get it done with style.
Originally Posted by Pharmseller You want to see an animal drop right now? Shoot him in the ear hole.
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Out Yonder Originally Posted by MarineHawk
I would consider the 150gr TTSX better for large, tough, and/or scary animals out to 300 yards. Its velocity drops below 2,300 fps after 325 yds, where it may be at risk of not expanding as desired on impact. You all correct me if I’m wrong about that concern.
Thanks good numbers. Barnes rates the TTSX down to around 1,900 fps for expansion, call it 2,000 fps to fudge in a safety factor and the LRX to 1,600 fps although I have not tested this. As was pointed out the LRAB has even a lower velocity window. The 300 lbs. & 300 yds. comment is a good conservative rule and for larger than deer the 165-168 are just a little better. Jack O’Conner wrote that if you fed all the data into a computer he would not be surprised if the all around bullet weight the computer spat out would be 165 grains. This was in reference to the 30-06 and the 165 was sort of an oddball back then.
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