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Do you prefer ammo such as Berger bullets which shed most of their weight as shrapnel inside the animal without passing through or do you prefer a clean pass through like you get with any solid or copper core bullet?
 

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My "game" hunting has been limited to "medium" size game (deer, warthogs, etc.) in the US and Africa. I've never shot anything elk-sized or bigger. Within those parameters, I have always shot a 180 grain Nosler Partition from a .30-06.

I have never put much thought into it except I understood that the Partition was a good balance between expansion at the front of the bullet and penetration due to the partition. I read that many years ago and simply have never changed loads since. My Ruger M77 likes the load and every animal has always died within a few seconds.

I probably would have gotten the exact same results from a $16 box of Remington core lokt cartridges, honestly. Once you thump something in the boiler room with a 180 grain ought six, it's probably going to die fast. Maybe there are situations when bullets "fail" but I guess I've been lucky.

Now, if I were trying to shoot very large game with a 22-250 or something, then maybe I'd spend more time thinking about the bullet. I might also think more about it if I were hunting foxes or bobcat and trying to not damage the pelt. So I guess it all depends upon what type of hunting you're talking about.
 

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Maybe I should have been more specific. I hunt hogs and deer. Mostly hogs since we can hunt them year round here.
 

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For hog hunting, you do NOT want a bullet that sheds weight; you want a bullet that will hold together and penetrate deeply.

For hog hunting with a 30-30, I use 170 grain JSP Core-lokts. If I'm using my .44 Magnum carbine, I use 240 grain JSP Winchester White Box.

A solid or copper core would be preferred over a bullet that fragments. Heavy for caliber bullets usually work best for pigs for a higher Sectional Density and penetration.

What caliber are you considering, chica?
 

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For hog hunting, you do NOT want a bullet that sheds weight; you want a bullet that will hold together and penetrate deeply.

For hog hunting with a 30-30, I use 170 grain JSP Core-lokts. If I'm using my .44 Magnum carbine, I use 240 grain JSP Winchester White Box.

A solid or copper core would be preferred over a bullet that fragments. Heavy for caliber bullets usually work best for pigs for a higher Sectional Density and penetration.

What caliber are you considering, chica?
So far I have used 7mm and 7.62x39 and 44 magnum.
 

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Then I agree with Tater. Get something that punches deep. It doesn't have to be some expensive gee-whiz stuff either. Remington Core-Lokt killed animals just as dead many decades ago as it does today. Just my two cents.
 

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When I took those four hogs using my Rossi Circuit Judge in 44 mag, I was using heat treated solids.
 

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I've only been hunting for four years now, but my Dad and I have always used Winchester Super X Power Point. I think these run about $20 a box for .308 and a bit less for 30-30. We don't go for the top of the line bullets and haven't felt the need to. These are of the soft point, solid core variety. We have experienced good performance. I cannot remember exactly, but most if not all hits have been pass throughs. I would continue to stick with this style of bullet because of my experience and also the ability to produce a blood trail with pass throughs. These have been used on WT deer and hogs btw.
 

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Chica do you reload or are you limited to store bought? If you are shooting factory ammo, the bullets you used to harvest the hogs is a good choice. If you load, your choices are unlimited, but I prefer heavy for caliber bullets. I load 300 grain SP's over max loads of H110, at about 1500 fps out of my 1894 Marlin. robin.
 
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