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All right you ballistics wizards, I need some help here. I am currently putting together a "semi-custom" Ruger M77 in 350 Rem. mag.  for this years deer season in November. Since I do not reload it appears that my only options in factory ammo are Remington core-lokt, 200 gr.  or else Nosler custom 225 gr. partition.  My gunsmith said that the .350 has too much energy and that the core-lokt will not hold together, causing massive damage/meat loss.  He reccomended using the partitions,  I was wondering if the partition is "too tough" of a bullet for deer? would I get enough expansion or will this bullet just zip right through?  What do you guys think?   Core-Lokt or Partition???    Thanks for your help,  Bricat                                                           p.s. Yes I know, shot placement. Big%20Smile
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With that caliber I don't think I would worry too much about the partition not expanding enough.  I could be wrong though. 
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A buddy of mine hunts with a 35 whelen 7600 and uses  partitions for every thing from brown bear to coyotes ( given the opportunity ). It has never failed him.

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Besides the Partition, you might also try the 225 gr. Nosler AccuBond, the Hornady 200 & 250 gr. Interlock, and the 200 & 225 Barnes.  Any of those will work just fine on deer.
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 The 200 grainers are a bit light for caliber, but I seriously doubt that they would  be very likely to blow up on a deer.  The Core-lokts I've used in other calibers always seemed fairly tough.  If given a choice, I'd flip a coin for the 225 Partition or the 250 Hornady Interlock, whichever was the more accurate in my rifle.
 Partitions always expand pretty well, and usually expand very well.
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I switched from core-lokt to Hornaday with my Marlin .35 Rem and my groupings got a lot smaller
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I use 225gr sierras in my 35whelen, plenty tuff for deer.
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I use the 200 gr corelokt in my .35 rem and they have not let me down yet, but as already said, I would go with whatever was the most accurate in my rifle.
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200g Hornady will do very well for deer... use it in my .35 Whelen and .358 Win.  Have also used 200g Barnes in the Whelen, this was the best out of everything I have used; worked great on deer, hogs, and a couple of coyotes.  Even took 1 deer with a Hornady 180g SSP from the Whelen.  Bullet exited but there were a lot of copper fragments on the inside of the ribcage on the exit side.  I know some consider the 225 Sierra to be too soft.  No personal experience myself just hearsay.  CorLokts should be plenty good enough for deer I would think.
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Well all of the suggestions for different component bullets indicate that many are assuming you want to start to reloading. To give you my opinion about the factory options( and remember what you are paying for it) while I don't have a 350 mag I have used a lot of corelokt bullets in various calibers and have found them to be pretty reliable up to speeds of 2700-2800 fps +or -. Since the 350 rem magnum is not really a high velocity round and the remington ammo is unlikely to beat those speeds I don't think you will have any problem. In addition deer are not especially tuff and I don't find premium bullets give much improvement over regular cup and core ammo. Now if you go to elk and larger game then the nosler's may be an option but again mainly just for the weight as I would expect actual velocities with a 250gr to be in the 2400fps range.
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That Corelokt should hold together at 350 Rem Mag velocities.  The heavier partition will definitely penetrate deeper, however.

You might want to start reloading with that cartridge, however, because it really starts to shine with lighter Barnes bullets, IMO.
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