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Thread: 180g .308 too big a bang for roe?

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    180g .308 too big a bang for roe?

    Recently traded in my .243 for a .308, and the only ammo I currently have is a box of 180g Winchester Super X. I have a lot of red on my ground, so I opted for a heavy load, though I haven't shot anything with it yet.
    Is 180g overkill for roe?

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    Coincidently, I just got back from a gun shop where I nearly bought some of those for fallow and decided that 150g would be enough. Its about where you put it for both an instant kill and minimising meat damage - hence some stalkers who take me out don't like ballistic tips.
    I'd still like to try them though - no such thing as too much gun! Incoming.....!

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    shoot 170gr soft point on everything from munty to reds because my rifle likes em and they don't muller everything after all speed never won the race !

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    Not at all.

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    I've shot roe with 180grn .308 bullets. Result, dead roe deer. They also have killed moose and boar. I now shoot 165grn for all my hunting. Why you may ask have i changed to a lighter bullet?
    Well for no good reason really. I'm just funny like that.

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    Thanks for the contributions, folks. Sounds like I don't need to worry too much about making any mincemeat before it gets back to my kitchen table....

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    Shot a roe last Tuesday with 180gr partitions from a 30-06. Clean kill and lost only about a quarter of a shoulder. Big and slow way to go.

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    165 grn in 308 is an excellent allround choice.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Leopoldo View Post
    Recently traded in my .243 for a .308, and the only ammo I currently have is a box of 180g Winchester Super X. I have a lot of red on my ground, so I opted for a heavy load, though I haven't shot anything with it yet.
    Is 180g overkill for roe?
    its not the weight
    its the velocity and bullet construction that are more important

    you will be fine

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    180g out of a .308 is a hard hitting slower round so you shouldn't have hardly any damage compared to the lighter and faster billet out of a .243

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