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Favorite hunting ammo.

Discussion in 'Northwest Hunting' started by Rainy Winchester, Sep 27, 2014.

  1. Rainy Winchester

    Rainy Winchester Will. Valley Member

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    With a shortage of federal vital-shok ammo in my caliber of rifles, I am looking for a new brand of ammo. Vital shok is all I've ever used, and I know I know I need to reload lol. But just wondering what everyone's favorite store bought rifle hunting ammo is? With Barnes, winchester, nosler, Remington, Hornady, etc it's a bit overwhelming looking for new stuff.
     
  2. Joe13

    Joe13 NW of Vancouver Opinionated & Blunt Bronze Supporter 2015 Volunteer 2016 Volunteer

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    So far... Whatever's on sale;)
     
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  3. Rainy Winchester

    Rainy Winchester Will. Valley Member

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    338wm is expensive even if it is on sale
     
  4. DieselScout

    DieselScout S Clackamas County Well-Known Member

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    I have used federal in the past and was not happy with the bullets terminal performance, basically disintegrated in the deer. It was their cheap line so that may have been the problem. I have since been able to find Nosler on sale in my caliber and shoot that instead.

    I should note I use ammunition loaded with accubond bullets and have great success with them.
     
  5. blitz

    blitz beaverton Active Member 2015 Volunteer

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    if i was going to buy factory ammo i would most likely go with core-locts
    if i had the extra cash to spend i would get federal premium.
     
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  6. Rainy Winchester

    Rainy Winchester Will. Valley Member

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    Yea federal has like 3 lines of hunting ammo. Each better than the last, with vital-shok being the best.
     
  7. Rainy Winchester

    Rainy Winchester Will. Valley Member

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    I shot Remington core -loct forever, but never kept track of accuracy or took an animal with it.
     
  8. blitz

    blitz beaverton Active Member 2015 Volunteer

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    from what i have seen using them they are good enough for hunting ammo. alot of people use them and swear by them.
     
  9. Rainy Winchester

    Rainy Winchester Will. Valley Member

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    I can get that in the 250gr I want and it's readily available at bimart any where
     
  10. blitz

    blitz beaverton Active Member 2015 Volunteer

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    when i had a 338wm and loaded for it i used 225gr nosler partions. but my guess is no matter what bullet comes flying out of a 338wm is gonna drop a deer or an elk in its tracks.
     
  11. Rainy Winchester

    Rainy Winchester Will. Valley Member

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    It's my elk gun. My 25-06 is my deer gun and backup elk gun. For both I shot federal premium vital-shok with partition bullets.
     
  12. Rainy Winchester

    Rainy Winchester Will. Valley Member

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    And yea the 338wm packs a hell of a punch. Put 20 rounds down range today and feels like I dislocated my shoulder
     
  13. jluck

    jluck Really,Really, Close to Newport Oregon 97365 Voted #1 Member

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    I have had good luck with Hornady ammo.
     
  14. Rainy Winchester

    Rainy Winchester Will. Valley Member

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    Any more info on hornady. I was researching barnes and the tsx and ttsx seem like good rounds.
     
  15. Joe13

    Joe13 NW of Vancouver Opinionated & Blunt Bronze Supporter 2015 Volunteer 2016 Volunteer

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    I have Barnes .357 mags in my hunting pistol. They are a good round if not a bit spendy.

    I looked at a lot of reviews on them and they seem to be well reviewed.

    Those .357's look like miniature copper ashtrays lol, the HP on them are huge!

    *i want to say that one of the videos I watched put them at 24" of penetration in gelatin with full expansion out of a pistol.
     
  16. Rainy Winchester

    Rainy Winchester Will. Valley Member

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    It's cheaper than federal premium and seems like a good round.
     
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    Oregonhunter5 2C IDAHO Well-Known Member

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    My reloads
    With barnes and nosler bullets
     
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  18. jluck

    jluck Really,Really, Close to Newport Oregon 97365 Voted #1 Member

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    Barnes makes great bullets/ammo. I've had the pleasure of being right on the manufacturing line at Barnes, from beginning to end including the ballistics lab and shooting range.

    I suggested Hornady for there cost to performance ratio which the other makers just don't justify the cost for a 338 Win mag.
     
  19. Rainy Winchester

    Rainy Winchester Will. Valley Member

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    I think I'm going to go with barnes ttsx. Ordering 2 boxes through sportsman's warehouse.
     
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  20. Will_Power

    Will_Power OR via OK Active Member

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    FWIW, I figure I'm only going through a small, small amount of hunting ammo every year. It's worth it to pay for a premium quality bullet.

    It's expensive, but I'd rather not get fortunate, take a shot, and then have the bullet fail me.

    So, pricey Nosler Accubonds are it for me.