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I have a Weatherby Vanguard Stainless/Syntheic in the 7mm Rem. Mag. and am trying to find the "right" bullet from hunting whitetail deer.  I'd like to shoot either 140gr. or 150gr.  I want a bullet that is going to stay together on impact; not one that will fragment instantly.  I have heard good things about the 154gr. hornady (?).  I dont want something too expensive; probably between $30-45 a box.  I usually hunt in N. MI.
 
what do you guys find to be the best for whitetail?
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The 154gr hornady should work just fine for whitetail, and is fairly inexpensive, maybe $30.00 for box of 100ea.
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Originally posted by SNIPE SNIPE wrote:

I usually hunt in N. MI.
 
what do you guys find to be the best for whitetail?
 
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I've used all sorts of bullets through the years on MI whitetails with my 7mag. The 154 Hornady should serve you quite well. That bullet will hold up enough for the close in shoulder shots and be just fine for the longer ones. I do like the Hornady along with the Sierra 160 gr SBT. The Sierra is very accurate. The Hornady is very good for plain vanilla, too.
I would not use the 140 grain bullets in any scenario, though. As you know, our shots up here can be fleeting moments at close range. You want to be able to get through on a quartering shot at close range as well as long. Heavier bullets stay together to reach the vitals.




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sierras and nosler accubonds work very well in for me in northern mn
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I like "Accubombs" as well for when the bonded appetite rears
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Hard to beat a 130 gr Speer Grand Slam or Nosler Partition for Whitetails.
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If you want a bullet that you can push fast and will hang together and pentrate, the 120 gr Barnes TSX can be pushed to 3300 or so. My neighbor, on trips to idaho, has killed three elk with it and only had one not go all the way through. Recent tests show (Successful Hunter) that most bullets open quickly, the variable is how far they then penetrate. The Combined Tech, Barnes and Partition were all winners in wound cavity and penetration. All that said, the basic Winchester, Federal or Remington Softpoint will probably kill any whitetail under the conditions most hunters face. Good hunting!
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Excellent topic guys...... I have used all manner of factory ammo, one thing is blaringly clear, a good shot and everything else takes care of itself. I'm not worried about the bragging rights that this round did this and left such a hole etc. Remington Corelokts do just fine, and less meat damaged on most big game. These aren't my prefered rounds, but it just proves my point. I actually like the Georgia Arms Ballistic Tips and the Winchester Supremes, depending on which rifle I am taking with me.
For the handloads I like the Accubonds.
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well, i know that not all of you said this, but i just want to make it clear that i just was wondering about the 154 hornady, some of you said that that bullet is ok but not great.  please say what is your favorite, forget about what i said i guess.  same thing with the bullet holding together; if you've had better luck with the round fragmenting quick, then say so.
 
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I thought your questions were addressed pretty well, including the 154 Hornady and the 140-150 grain bullets questioned. Other suggestions were made, also.
I prefer the heavier bullets for all shot possibilities. The lighter jacked bullets do not hold up at close range on shoulder shots. I have seen that enough.

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+1, just finds what shoot best in your rifle. Any suggested will kill a Whitetail, it's not like a Moose, Elk or Big Bear. Put anyone of them in the lungs and you'll have meat in the freezer.
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I agree with Doug.
I did a work up with some 150gr SSTs and I'm starting to lean back to heavier 168gr ballistic tips.  I'm just more in my own comfort zone with the heavier bullet.
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Snipe,
Any of the bullets mentioned will work just fine on deer.  My personal favorite deer bullet at the moment is the Nosler Accubond, but I've never had any bullet designed for medium big game fail on deer.  It doesn't take a tough bullet to get good performance on deer, but I don't particularly like the lightly constructed, thin jacketed, non-bonded core bullets like Ballistic Tips, because they tend to fragment and do too much meat damage.  Bullets like the Accubond, Interbond, Scirocco II, etc. typically have the accuracy of the Ballistic Tip without completely disintegrating inside the animal.
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