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kombi1976 11-15-2004 06:43 AM

A good .257 cal bullet for deer?
 
Today a mate dropped in to pick up a VW engine I've been "storing" for him and he told me that in the new year there are a heap of deer to cull from a particular property. Apparently the owner only wants one species on the land and there are 2 so one lot are to bite the dust. Best thing is there's only 3 of us that are doing it and there's a proper meat dressing shed and everything.
But, as usual, the catch is using the correct bullet and as the only rifle I have that's suitable is my Enfield .25/303 I'm limited to that cal. All the bullets I have loaded for my .25/303 are either varmint bullets or are hollow points, hardly an appropriate projectile for knocking down decent sized deer. I can't use bullet weights above 100gn effectively because the barrel twist won't stabilise them and to be honest, the .25/303 really shines with an 87gn projectile. Unfortunately most of those in .257 cal are varmint bullets.
The Enfield can push a 87gn to about 2900fps and can push a 100 to around 2850fps. Any tips, guys?

LLANOJOHN 11-15-2004 10:09 AM

Re: A good .257 cal bullet for deer?
 
kombi1976,

You didn't state what brand of bullets you are using but yes you can use varmint bullets for deer...........You just have to be more selective in placing your shots. I used the Sierra 90gr HPBT for years as my varmint/deer bullet in my 257 Ackley Improved. If your rifle is as accurate as you say try the following...........at 100 yards or less..neck shot only. Make sure the deer is looking at you. Past 100 yards, broadside shot only just behind the shoulder, mid ways up the body. Try to place the bullet in the lung area. Don't do shoulder shots. My 257 Ackley had a 1 in 12" twist and, like yours, would not stabilize anything over 100 grains.

Go to it and getter done!!!!

Ol' John

Hunterbug 11-15-2004 10:20 AM

Re: A good .257 cal bullet for deer?
 
I would use a 100gr Hornady Interlock. That's the bullet that I use for antelope and would use for deer if I used my 257 for thoes. My friend has used it in his 257 AI and killed deer at a hair over 300 yards with no problem. Good luck.

gitano 11-15-2004 09:10 PM

Re: A good .257 cal bullet for deer?
 
If you insist on "non-varmint" bullets, Nosler makes a .257 Partition in 100 grains.

Unless the "deer" you're talking about are moose, (and actually even then), the 87 grain Combined Technology SilverTip (AKA the Nosler Ballistic Tip with moly coating) will do just fine provided you don't shoot the deer in the gut or butt. You will not be able to shoot them in the butt and "drive through" to the heart, nor will you be able to gut-shoot them and have them drop on the spot.

How come nobody ever asks me to come "cull" their deer? :(

Paul

LLANOJOHN 11-15-2004 10:12 PM

Re: A good .257 cal bullet for deer?
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by gitano



How come nobody ever asks me to come "cull" their deer? :(

Paul

Paul my friend,

The only conclusion I have been able to come up with is...............................................

...........WE HAVE BEEN STANDING IN THE WRONG LINE!!!!......................................

Ol' John..:( :( :( :mad: :mad:

kombi1976 11-15-2004 10:12 PM

Re: A good .257 cal bullet for deer?
 
Hondo, the most successful bullet so far has been the Sierra 90gn HPBT GameKing you spoke of. It's accurate(I suppose due to it's shape) and it has smacked down roos with authority. I suppose the question is whether or not it is suitable for trophy animals.
I have some custom loaded 100gn soft points but I'd only use them on pigs. I can't be sure of their accuracy. The big question is do I need to get bonded core bullets or am I wasting my money?
I would be paying about $29 per 50 projectiles so I'm not rushing into it.
The thing that mystifies me is why bullet companies don't sell 10 bullet sample packs. I'd be buying lots of them to trial.
And Paul, I don't get asked to do this all the time. In fact it'll be my first go at deer hunting. Actually, it's a case of who you know, not what you know....... ;)

BTW, if anyone has a spare rifle in 7mm Mauser they aren't using it'll solve all of my problems this way. Surely you can donate one to a lowly Aussie :p

LLANOJOHN 11-15-2004 10:34 PM

Re: A good .257 cal bullet for deer?
 
kombi1976,

Hey, a good morning to ya! (it is morning there in NSW, isn't it?) Its nite time here @9:19PM central standard time in Hondo, Texas.

Just how BIG are those deer there in Australia?????? Tell me in kilo's as I can do the math!
I would not hesitate to use those Sierras on any thing up to 300#'s (136 kilos). Using the perametersI noted in my previous post. I am aware some of the 'roos get pretty big but which variety have you hunted? The bullet we are discussing will perform very well with positive expansion to about 300 yards based on my past experience. The whole secret to any quick & positive kill is bullet selection and bullet placement.

When you get on with the hunt.......camera is a necessity. We need pics of the animals and any bullet autopsy you might do. If the autopsy pics are too graphic for the forum you can send via -e- mail. I would love to be there to test bullets and calibers..WOW--WHAT AN OPPORTUNITY...

Getter done, neighbor!!!

Ol' John (GREEN WITH ENVY!!!!!!)...:rolleyes:

CAfrica 11-15-2004 11:50 PM

Re: A good .257 cal bullet for deer?
 
Kombi,

We have a local manufacturer who makes Monometal HP bullets. Their 257 calibre bullets are 80 and 85gr at about R45.00 for 50 (That is about $7.50 US Plus postage).

Go to their site at GSCustom.co.za and you can order online (Their HV bullet line). If you order Airmail (and subject to bullet availability) you might be able to get some in time (don't know when your hunt is). This bullet is similar to the Barnes X and it is an excellent strong bullet that will not fail. Here is a pic of the bullet.

http://www.gsgroup.co.za/hvbullet.jpg


Regards.

C

gitano 11-16-2004 09:46 AM

Re: A good .257 cal bullet for deer?
 
That's an interesting site CAfrica, and those are interesting bullets. You seem to be off by an order of magnitude on the price though. From what I read, 50 HV .257 bullets would cost between $54 and $56 USD, plus all foreign orders requiring a $13 customs fee, plus shipping costs. Assuming something like $17 (just to make round numbers) for shipping, that brings the total to about $85 USD for 50 bullets.

Correct me where I'm wrong here, please, as I would buy a whole bunch of these GS bullets for $7.50/50 plus shipping!

Paul

LLANOJOHN 11-16-2004 09:58 AM

Re: A good .257 cal bullet for deer?
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by gitano

Correct me where I'm wrong here, please, as I would buy a whole bunch of these GS bullets for $7.50/50 plus shipping!

Paul

C-,

I am with Paul on the site..most informative-------thanks for sharing!

Ol' John


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