Thoughts on this cartridge as a deer rifle? Bullet choice will be 80-90 grainers, but optimally the 85 grain Barnes TSX. Powder will be IMR8208(my recommendation for my friend). I've used this combo for coyote, but wondering about the effectiveness on deer, as I have no experience with this. I'm posting this for a friend in South Dakota who is interested in the 6x45. I believe he's interested in a 20' tube, and I recommended 1:8 twist for him. Greg...I know you have great experience with this. He's interested in longish ranges, too.....up to 500 yards. I recommended keeping it to under 300, if possible. Obviously, he hunts open range. Thoughts? Recommendations?
300 yes at a MAX. 500?, as they say in Arizona, no way Jose. Step up to a 6x6.8 or preferably the 243LBC and you are at the top of the envelope. The 6X45 just doesn't have the case capacity. That being said that is a good bullet choice or the GameKings.
The other two will do antelope at 500, already proven, and can stretch out on deer but it calls for the cool head, great reading of the conditions and an oblivious target.
The best firearm for self defense? Any loaded one will do.
Post by sharkhunter on Jan 22, 2016 9:40:21 GMT -8
I built a upper this year with the 16" 1x8 twist. I used it to shoot 4 whitetails this season. The first one I shot was with a 70 gr TNT. It was about 170lbs. live weight. It was working its way through heavy timber at around 70 yards away. I shot when it hit a gap and the bullet entered low and back. It took off the lower liver. The Deer did not die right away. I waited about 15 minutes stood up to pack my stuff and jumped it out of it's bed. I went back after a bit with my blood trailing dog and found it. I would say it went about 125 yards total. I can not say the bullet didn't do a good job because it only took the bottom of the liver out. That was my fault. I switched over to 85 Game kings, because that seemed to be what was recommended the most. The next three Deer dropped right where they stood or only went 20 yards. I shot one in the neck, One in the heart and one in the high shoulder. I never recovered a single bullet. I am fairly certain that the TNT would have done the same. But I don't have proof.
Side note: My neighbor has taken 3 Deer with his 300 blackout this year. These Ar based calibers seem to do the job well. I remember thinking when I shot the first deer that the recoil was so lite. I was worried it was to lite of a load.