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    .308 round for roe

    I'm about to take delivery of a new (to me) .308 (Steyr-Mannlicher).

    It's initially only going to be used for roe (very open ground, much subject to strong wind). In the long term, I will be using it for reds, but not any time soon.

    What would people recommed as a good bullet?

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    federal 150gr soft nose work perfectly for everything from the smallest munties to the biggest stags, brilliant round in my opinion.
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    Sierra Pro-hunter 150gr #2130. Nothing I've ever shot with them ever had any questions, and meat damage has been negligible so far on the muntjac, roe and fallow I've shot since I started using them.
    I've also tried the Federals as above, and they group pretty well out of my rifle, but not shot anything other than paper with them so far so can't comment on that, I'm afraid.

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    The federal Powershok (blue box stuff) certainly worked well for me on sika plus it was very accurate and as inexpensive as ammo gets.

    I've loaded two bullets for deer:

    The 150 grain Hornday Spire Point which are relatively inexpensive and give great accuracy. My load with these ended up giving 3000fps. These bullets worked well for me in that every deer I shot with them died. I did shoot one sika calf at maybe 60 - 70 yards that suffered considerable meat damage and I lost the whole front end of it plus it still ran 70 yards. I always got an exit with them but chest shot sika always ran.

    The 150 grain Nosler Partition. I've never managed to get these to shoot as accurately as the Spire Points but they are the only bullet that I've found sometimes put chest shot sika straight down. I've had good expansion even on neck shot deer, at least judging by the damage. My take on them is that the front half is relatively soft and so expands well though I've never shot anything quite as small as a roe with them. I have recovered one Partition, it was from a high angle head shot on a sika stag and traveled down his neck, the recovered bullet looked like a magazine advert for bullet performance. I'm currently shooting the Partitions at around 2700fps as my main deer load and would like to tidy up the groups a little bit but my view is they perform a little better than the Spire Points on sika, even on smaller calves which can't be a lot bigger than a roe. Meat damage with the Partitions has always been as good as can be expected based on the shot placement.
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    Have only put Sako 123 gr through my Howa and it groups nicely. More importantly though it doesn't give me any more meat damage than a .243 on the roe (so far and aiming for heart and lungs) and the roe have all dropped where they stood which is something I'm not used to with the .243.

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    155 A-MAX works perfectly for me, but seeing as your north of the border...150gr Nosler Ballistic tip at modest velocities work very well.

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    Given the mild controversy caused by the recent thread on Nosler BT in 125gr for .308, I reply to this thread with a little trepidation! At mild velocities, they are very good, at high velocities also very good but meat damage can be an issue. Same can be said for Sako 123gr game heads which were a very good factory loading when I used to use them. If looking for less meat damage and happy to adjust to accommodate very slightly less flat trajectory then 150gr pro hunter or swift scirocco have worked well for me. If woodland and modest range the 165gr Accubonds are worth a look.

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    Thanks for the replies so far, folks - much appreciated.

    I'll just clarify that I don't reload, and don't intend to.

    I use the Federal soft points in 100gr for the .243, and like them, so the 150grs seem a sensible place to start. I like the sound of the 123grs though.

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    +1 on the hornday spire point top accuracy in my 308 .the nosler partition did not work verry well at all '
    Quote Originally Posted by caorach View Post
    The federal Powershok (bluestuff) certainly worked well for me on sika plus it was very accurate and as inexpensive as ammo gets.

    I've loaded two bullets for deer:

    The 150 grain Hornday Spire Point which are relatively inexpensive and give great accuracy. My load with these ended up giving 3000fps. These bullets worked well for me in that every deer I shot with them died. I did shoot one sika calf at maybe 60 - 70 yards that suffered considerable meat damage and I lost the whole front end of it plus it still ran 70 yards. I always got an exit with them but chest shot sika always ran.

    The 150 grain Nosler Partition. I've never managed to get these to shoot as accurately as the Spire Points but they are the only bullet that I've found sometimes put chest shot sika straight down. I've had good expansion even on neck shot deer, at least judging by the damage. My take on them is that the front half is relatively soft and so expands well though I've never shot anything quite as small as a roe with them. I have recovered one Partition, it was from a high angle head shot on a sika stag and traveled down his neck, the recovered bullet looked like a magazine advert for bullet performance. I'm currently shooting the Partitions at around 2700fps as my main deer load and would like to tidy up the groups a little bit but my view is they perform a little better than the Spire Points on sika, even on smaller calves which can't be a lot bigger than a roe. Meat damage with the Partitions has always been as good as can be expected based on the shot placement.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tiff View Post
    155 A-MAX works perfectly for me, but seeing as your north of the border...150gr Nosler Ballistic tip at modest velocities work very well.

    because.... AMax are legal on deer south of the Border?!.....

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