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Old 11-25-2021, 10:59 AM   #1
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Guys,

Iíve seen quite a few posts in which the hunter used match ammo for deer hunting. Iíve not tried it myself and I would like the opinions of you seasoned and experienced folks.

I currently shoot Berger 140 VLDs with excellent results and donít plan on changing. Just curious what the opinion of others that have more experience than myself think.

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Old 11-25-2021, 11:04 AM   #2
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Great question. I shoot 140s too. And all I see in the store are match bullets.
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Old 11-25-2021, 11:09 AM   #3
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Don't think I would want to shoot most BTHPs, but not afraid of using ELDMs.
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Old 11-25-2021, 11:11 AM   #4
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Not all match ammo is constructed the same. I had good results on a couple of does with 123gr hornady eld match
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Old 11-25-2021, 11:19 AM   #5
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Depends on what ďmatch bulletĒ you are referencing. Lots of people group these bullets together, but they are definitely not all created equal. The actual bullet construction varies a ton in different bullets that are labeled as match grade.

With that being said, Hornady ELD-Mís work great for deer/hogs in my experience.
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Old 11-25-2021, 11:20 AM   #6
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I shoot the heck out of deer with Hornady match ammo outta a 6.5 prc if that matters
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Old 11-25-2021, 11:36 AM   #7
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Depends on what ďmatch bulletĒ you are referencing. Lots of people group these bullets together, but they are definitely not all created equal. The actual bullet construction varies a ton in different bullets that are labeled as match grade.

With that being said, Hornady ELD-Mís work great for deer/hogs in my experience.
I do believe that the Hornady ELD-Ms are the ones that are used in the posts Iíve seen.
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Old 11-25-2021, 12:56 PM   #8
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I know some guys that used to kill a lot of deer each year with SMKs.
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Old 11-25-2021, 01:02 PM   #9
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They will do a lot of damage to the animal, they work great if not worried about meat damage. I’d use 140 grains +
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Old 11-25-2021, 01:27 PM   #10
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I accidentally mixed up my loads one year and shot 3 deer using hornady amax in 308. Al had pass throughs with about a 1” exit wound and made it less than 40 yds. It was an accident but it did the job just fine.
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Old 11-25-2021, 01:33 PM   #11
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I know some guys that used to kill a lot of deer each year with SMKs.
Kilt a few truck loads of deer with them over the last 50+ years. 175 smk is my go to in .308. Shoulder shots do make a mess but thru the ribs behind the leg makes jello of heart and lungs. In a 300WM with 168's they will turn a coyote completely inside out with a frontal shot.
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Old 11-25-2021, 02:09 PM   #12
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I shoot my match rifle with 140gn ELDMs for deer and hogs.

Never had any issues this season, 5 for 5 with doe. I have been shooting body shots vs heads as most of my shots were right at 175yds.

Blood trails required no searching, just walk right along to the animal.





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Old 11-25-2021, 02:18 PM   #13
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Sorry for the bloody photo, but here is a 140 ELDM exit on a chest shot at 175yds.



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Old 11-25-2021, 02:22 PM   #14
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I just started shooting the 135 grain Berger Target Hybrids out of my semi custom .257 Wby Mag. I was impressed with the bullet performance on a cull buck and a hog a couple weeks ago. I was a little concerned about the thicker J4 jackets but judging by the exit wound on the deer I would say expansion was good. The hog was head shot at 230 yards and that was pretty gruesome.
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Old 11-25-2021, 04:25 PM   #15
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I’ve shot several deer using 168 grain hornady AMax .308 they folded on impact.
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Old 11-25-2021, 05:58 PM   #16
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The 155 gn Hornady A Max in .308 kills critters pretty good.


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Old 11-25-2021, 07:59 PM   #17
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Your Berger VLDs were built to be a match bullet until guys shooting critters found out they work well for hunting also.
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Old 11-25-2021, 11:31 PM   #18
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great results with Amax and ELDM from .223 up to .308 and from Coues Deer to Red Stag-- was my only option on that big critter.

Only 'match' bullet that I've had inconsistent results with was 75gr BTHP shooting blackbucks and WT does
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Old 11-26-2021, 08:12 AM   #19
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I’ve shot a lot of animals with a 105 Hybrid and 108 ELDM. Only 5-6 deer, but a quite few truckloads of hogs. They never had any issues when I did my part.
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Old 11-26-2021, 08:34 AM   #20
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I shoot Hornady ELD M out of my 6.5 CM, 224 Valk, and 6mm CM and have never had an issue. If they shoot accurate out of your rifle and you’re confident in shot placement, they will die! From neck and head shots, to behind the shoulder, they all hit the dirt.
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Old 11-26-2021, 09:13 AM   #21
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considering the amount of deer taken by poachers with 22lr .. they all work depending on shot placement . if you can shoot sub moa consistently , a deer doesn't stand a chance . biggest buck i ever shot was 223 to the neck .
some people couldn't bring meat on the table with a howitzer .

energy is energy and temporary shock cavity is as devastating as the permanent one.
never seen a deer shot in the heart where .360 expansion killed it but .264 wouldn't have.

now if you shoot something really big like an elephant or something .. the bullet has to have enough energy and stay together to get to the vitals ... but a texas size deer ... it doesn't matter ...

texas parks and wildlife allows any centerfire for deer .. if there was an issue , they would have restrictions .. like they do in other states with bigger animals

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now some bullets stay together better and have complete passthrough and better blood trail ... but dead is dead ... if you made a good shot and had to track the deer 200 yards ... my opinion is you could have made a better shot and drop it in it's tracks ..

shot a deer in oklahoma years ago from around 275 yards with a 300 blk 110gr .. went between ribs and hit the heart .. then between ribs again and out .. not so sure it even expanded at all .. deer stood there , then fell over .. don't think it even realized it got shot ... shot another with 165gr bal tip 30/06 and heart was gone ... wasn't even 100 yards away but ran over 80 yards ...
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Old 11-26-2021, 01:21 PM   #22
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I use Hornady ELD-M for deer, never had one go far maybe 20 yrs most drop where they stand.
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Old 11-27-2021, 09:35 AM   #23
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Thereís a cull buck laying in the trees I shot about half an hour ago with a 108 eldm from my 6 creed. He dropped right there like most all do. Killed a bunch of deer with the 108s and only one ran about 30 yards. Tried em at all angles. They wreck a whitetail.
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Old 11-27-2021, 09:56 AM   #24
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Eldm is a much better hunting bullet than eldx imo
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