View Full Version : what bullets are you hunting with this year
10-19-2006, 01:37 AM
Ive got bc 430lfnpbs loaded in one of my .500 linebaughs rcbs 300swcgc loaded in one of the clemets .45 colts. Rcbs 240 swcgcs loaded in the 696 and the marlin 44p and bc 320lfngcs loaded in sabots in the inline muzzleloader
10-19-2006, 06:52 AM
SW 500- Ballisti-cast 495 WFNGC @ 1200 fps-got a 65 Lb-pig 3 weeks ago.
Reeder 475 Maximum-MM 405 XWFNGC @ 1300 fps
TC Encore 410 GNR (454 necked down)- Lee Custom 265 LFNGC @ 2000 fps
SBH Hunter 41 GNR- ( 44mag necked down ) LBT 235 WFNGC @ 1450 fps.
And maybe a couple different calibers if I have time.
I was hoping to get my SRH 500 Linebaugh from Hamilton Bowen before hunting season but does not look like it will happen.I have a NEI 450 Keith mould in .512 but have not shot it yet :sad:
10-19-2006, 10:20 AM
Lee 180gr soft nose in my .308 if my local shop ever gets my %$##*! primer order in. :mrgreen:
10-19-2006, 10:43 AM
357 = RCBS 38-158-SWC @ 1817 fps
SKS = group buy fat 311041 @ 1700 fps
30-30 = RCBS 30-180-FN @ 1950 fps
44 mag = Lee 310 @ 1150 fps
45-70 = Lee 500-3R @ 1200 fps
8x57 (on pipeline) = 185 Rem @ 2416 fps
10-19-2006, 06:38 PM
50 Cal ML 370 Maxiball Inline
50 Cal ML 250 REAL or RB Caplock
45 Cal ML Undetermined, butREALS won't work!! They don't even touch the sides of the Green Mountain barrel.
8X57 185 FP GB mold
338 Mag RCBS 200 grain FP IF I can get it to shoot like the Lee 220 RN
357 Mag Likely the recent 358429 look-a-like in a 10" TC
44 Mag C429310 SRH and Catshooters 250 RNFP GB from RH
45-70 RCBS 340 PB (listed as 325 in catalogs) Rem RB and TC IF it will shoot from TC
10-19-2006, 06:44 PM
.490 RB, Flintlock
.490 RB, Clement .50 ROA
.50 360gr Minnie - Buckhunter Pistol
Not allowed to use anything else yet.
10-20-2006, 03:51 AM
Wow. I feel underarmed.
I will be using my Whelen with a 255 grain bullet I designed and carry a 44 Mag as a back-up against those deadly deer. It too will have a bullet that I designed weighing 270 grains.
10-20-2006, 04:31 AM
38-40 1892 Short Rifle...:-D
Saturday at about 10AM a yearling cow elk stood broadside at 23 steps....
Boolit impacted her right side 8" up from her bottom line....went thru both lungs n took out a rib on her left side on exit....she took off with the rest of the herd....made it bout 50yds. and stopped standing straight away from me.....as I was lookin' at her over the sights waitin' fer a better angle she went down n kicked a few times n was done....
10-20-2006, 04:46 AM
We didn't get the group buy 434-250 early enough last year for me to work up a hunting load. This was my first custom mould and I've been itching to use it on bambi.
10-20-2006, 05:04 AM
Junior, mind telling me why you aren't you using the GB 180 FN in the 357? Your article convinced me to buy one of the little Rossis when I find one. Tony
10-20-2006, 05:37 AM
45/70- 375 gr. MM at 1700 fps.
.54 ML- Lee Real over 90gr FFF
10-20-2006, 07:00 AM
Three trips afield (so far) with 9.3 x 62 and MM 270 ogival flat point at ~1700 FPS.
On deck--44/40 and 200 grain RFN's @ 1100 FPS, 45-70 and Lee 405's @ 1300 FPS, 6.5 x 55 and 140 Partitions @ 2700 FPS--and if I get some time to assemble them, GB 180's in the 357 BisHawk. There's still 3 weeks of season left, I imagine all these will get at least one trip afield.
Lots of different country where I hunt, but the 9.3/270 might be best all around tool of them all--the 286 NosParts @ 2350 FPS print 2.5" higher at 100 yards than the 270 MM's, and are pretty much on the money at 200 yards with that cast boolit sight setting. I won't go much past 125 yards with the castings. The 6.5 x 55 is pretty versatile too, but I REALLY want to use a casting this year. The Swede is for "long range areas".
10-20-2006, 07:07 AM
.600 RB from the Trade Gun
237 gr. Bator in the .358 Win
200gr REAL in 45 cal flintlock
535 round ball in 54 caplock
LYMAN 311041 in Win94 30-30
NEI 270-pbk in 45 colt SA revolver
Hornady 300 XTP in Win94 45 Colt
Still looking for a 300-325gr GC bullet that shoots as well in the 94 Trapper as the XTPs. If anyone has any suggestions, I'm all ears.
10-20-2006, 12:09 PM
311440 copy group buy in 308,
RCBS 180 fn in 30-30 ifit gets out
358627 in 356 Win
429244 Buckshot H.P.ed in 44 Redhawk
J-words in the '06
10-20-2006, 12:22 PM
Junior, mind telling me why you aren't you using the GB 180 FN in the 357? Your article convinced me to buy one of the little Rossis when I find one. TonyDon't mind a-tall. I have about 50 of the loaded RCBS bullets left over from last year, so I want to shoot them before I start using the big ol' group buy bullet. Also, that's the bullet I shot last year when I missed the rockin' chair buck, so me and the bullet want another chance at him.
If you haven't heard the story of the miss, It was just after sunrise on a very cold morning, and the sun was rising behind me as I eased down an old haul road. I was cold, and I spied a patch of sunlight and got in it and stood there relishing the warmth on my back. Suddenly there was a doe standing in the old road about 50 yards ahead. She wasn't legal so I let her pass.
When she ambled away, there suddenly appeared at the edge of the road behind her . . . a rockin' chair. It stepped in the road and became one of the biggest bucks I've ever seen. About 50 yards away.
I raised my Rossi 357 to fire, and the rear peep sight had disappeared. I could see the front, but the rear was only a blur. So I put the front sight on the buck and fired. He jumped across the road and disappeared like my sight.
I was disgusted, to say the least. I always give a deer I've shot (at) a 10 minute bleed-down time before I move. So I stood there in the sun-lit spot and waited. Looked at my rear peep and it looked fine--not invisible at all. Just at the 10 minute mark I looked up and there in the same spot in the edge of the road was a much smaller rocking chair.
By the time I raised the rifle, this new and much smaller buck was in the road. The $%^&*$## rear sight was gone again. I fired anyway. The buck, young and dumb, stood there looking at me. I fired again, still not seeing the rear sight. Well, off after the doe and the big buck the little buck ran. You can't imagine how disgusted I was at myself. Later investigation showed that none of the three bullets impacted flesh. One impacted a leaf a foot or two above the big buck.
When I moved from the sun-lit spot, lo and behold I could see the rear peep sight. The sun rising over my right shoulder had obliterated it when I stood in the sun-lit spot. Next morning at the same time I stood in the same spot and raised a scope-sighted rifle. I could NOT see the scope!!
The moral: don't stand in the sun no matter how cold you are.
10-20-2006, 05:04 PM
Old Ironsights et al . . . tell more about this pistol and some of your results/data with it.
I regret passing on Sout pistol and that only leaves the Buckhunter as a ML Hunting Pistol.
Can one match 44 Mag/45 L Colt loading with it. Say 1000-1200 fps with whatever 50 cal boolit one has?
I have 6 different molds from .490" RB to 370 grain Maxi Ball.
I was hoping to use 250 or 320 REAL if they would work.
Surely it will work at the range I expect to use it.
10-20-2006, 05:31 PM
I've never chrony'd mine, and mine is also a One of 500 first production run (before Traditions bought the design) but it shoots like a champ.
Its favorite load it the 360gr traditional Minnie with between 50 & 80 gr FFF or 7773F.
At 80 gr it has a recoil not unlike my old 6" FA .454., though I would venture the MV is only in the 1000fps range.
Using a sabot & a .44/.45 I have no doubt it could go faster... but why? At Pistol Ranges that 360 is gonna make a mess.
10-20-2006, 05:36 PM
.45 Colt. 280gr LBT WFNGC in 7 1/2" Ruger Bisley.
.490 round ball in Lyman GPR.
10-20-2006, 08:28 PM
Lyman 429360 300 GC in 7.5" SBH @1200
Lee 350 GC GB boolit in 1895G @1600
10-20-2006, 11:21 PM
510-gr cast 40:1, powder charge 80.0 gr of Goex FFg in my 45-90
Mountain Molds .338 235 grain FP-GC at 1750 fps
Lyman 33889 238 grain GC-HP at 1600 fps
(both out of my wildcat in a TC Contender)
Lyman 358315 200 grain GC-HP in .35 Remington Marlin levergun at 1800 fps
Mountain Molds .430 300 grain GC-FP in .444 Marlin levergun at 2100 fps
Lyman 429421 240 grain HP in various .44 Magnum revolvers at 1350 fps
Four Fingers of Death
10-21-2006, 07:26 AM
30-30 Glenfield, 1936French MAS, RCBS 180Gn FN
32-20, Lee 120Gn group buy (Willbirds's)
444S and 44mag 92, Lee 357Maximum's group buy (still coming)
44/40 1866 Uberti, Lee 200Gn RNFP, BP!
243, 90 Gn Lyman Loverin style.
slingshot: Indian Mynors in back yard with any boolit that does not pass muster!
10-22-2006, 01:51 AM
Junior, thanks for the info and the story. I wanted to make sure I hadn't missed a problem with the Rossi and the GB boolit. Tony
10-22-2006, 04:35 AM
100gr Federal Power Shock j-bullets in the 243 Factory ammo[smilie=1: .
64gr Power Points over a healthy charge of Varget running 2900fps out of my AR-15.
139gr Hornady Spire Points over a heavy load of IMR4350 at 3000fps out of my grandads Win 88 284.
Lee 500gr RNFP runing 1200 with a case full of IMR TrailBoss out of my 45-70.
Main goal this year is just to make meat, I live off of deer meat in my dorm room all year and I am completely out from the 2 we go last year. Forced to eat beef a chicken until I drop another one.
10-22-2006, 07:34 AM
My tumble lube designs from Lee in my Marlins:
TLC311-165-RF in my 30-30 Win and 30-30 AI
TLC359-180-RF in my 35 Rem and 356 Win
TLC379-210-RF in my 375 Win
TLC432-285-RF in my 44 Mag and 444 Marlin
TLC460-350-RF & TLC460-425-RF in my 45-70 and 450 Marlin
Lot's of boolits in lot's of rifles but we have lot's of hunting here on the Ranch Dog spread!
10-26-2006, 10:51 PM
LEE-C358-180 GB Boolit in 15 inch MGM Encore Pistol- 50/50 ww/pb wq -BHN 21
Rcbs 358-180 silhouette in 35 rem 336 RC Marlin -50/50 ww/pb wq- BHN 21
TLC432-285-RF in 444S marlin--60/40 ww/pb wq -24 BHN
Sierra 140 prohunter in 280 AI rem 700===last ditch desparation only..
The pistol will be used for the first week of season here in my back acreage in southern Mi. One rifle or the other will be used in Northern Michigan second week of season at camp or I may just carry the pistol still...who knows...thanks to murphy's law I had to kill a 130 class 8 point with the bow an now have only one buck tag left...I went bowhunting with no intent of killing anything,,,but low and behold Mr big showed up,,,and the devil made me shoot....:mrgreen:
In 30 cal Mountain Moulds 220 RNFP
In 45 Lyman 330 Gould
IN 44 Lyman 225 RNFP g/c
In 357 180 rnfo Saeco
All loaded 1600 fps up to 1950
These will be shot from 30-40 Krag, 30-06, 45-70, 44 Mag, and M92 357.
10-27-2006, 04:40 PM
RCBS 405 .458 FN 45-70 Marlin C'boy at about 1450 fps.
Lyman 350457 Win Model 71 348 @ 1950 fps.
Lee .454 310 gr FN with the gas check milled off for 250 gr. @ 975 fps in 4" N frame in 45LC.
That's the battery I'm taking for cow elk in Nov.
Been doing pretty good with all 3 on jacks. Speakin of which....I am headed out for jacks right now. Can't never get too much practice before elk season.
10-15-2007, 04:21 AM
Not to piss off an upstanding member here but what possesses someone to take a shot at a game animal in a non "survival" situation when ya can't see/use your sights?
If you did indeed totally miss that buck you are lucky and if ya shot over the deer where did them boolits go? Unless ya are starving I just don't understand the reckless behavior...
Unless of course that ya practice shooting instinctively at 50 plus yards regularly....
I doubt I'd be tellin that story in public...
10-15-2007, 05:30 AM
230 WFNGC .41 5.5"
255 LWNGC .41/44 5.5"
210 Gold Dots .41/445 14'
10-16-2007, 03:01 PM
LBT 440 gr. WFN in the .475, LBT 280 gr. WFN in the 629 Smiths, LBT 470 gr.WFN in the 50-70 Contender, 440 gr. MM in 45-70 Pedersoli Sharps rep., Speer 270 gr. Gold Dots in the Marlin 1894P. Most likely I'll just carry the .475, as I really hate lugging a rifle.
10-16-2007, 05:42 PM
boy this was last years deer hunting post brought back from the dead! This year its the clements light weight vaquero with the 300 group buy lee swc. Smith 629 (which has a bear under its belt allready this year)240 swcgc and a few lever guns. A 444 outfitter lyman devedstator my 475 custom 94 (a buffalo allready this year) 360wfn and dads old 3030 loaded with 115 grain swc out of a ballistic cast mold at 2600 fps. which one goes to the woods will be determined when i wake up in the morning.
10-22-2007, 07:45 AM
I think will hit the field with a 160 gr. GC Lee RN .308 out of my Mauser and a 150 gr. Speer SP out of my Mosin M91 New England Westinghouse.
10-22-2007, 05:41 PM
i will be useing a 50 cal t.c.flint with r.b.90 gr. 2f
or my rugerblackhawk new hunter44 mag loader with 240gr lyman 431421with 20.0 gr 2400
oh yes i am leaving my greeat 270 home
311041 in TC Contender Carbine 30-30
457122-HP in Win 94 45 Colt
.535 PRB in Lyman GPR caplock
10-22-2007, 11:44 PM
I feel pretty undergunned here comparatively speaking. Dunno if I'm taking my .45LC or one of the .44s, either way if one comes my way it will get a Kieth put through 'em 250 and 300 grains respectivly.
BTW, where is the orgin of that picture under your name, KTW? That pic has been hanging for years in the EIC shop where I work.
11-13-2007, 07:39 PM
RCBS .35 cal. 200-gr. flatnose in .35 Rem (Marlin 336 with iron sights for rain or snow; rebarreled Mod 93 Mauser with 1.5X Weaver fixed-power scope for clear weather.)
Or Lyman 311041 from either .30-30 Handi-Rifle or .30-06 Golden State Arms Mauser, both scoped. Loads developed to give about 2200 fps, as predicted by handbook load tables--but not chronographed.
BTW, where is the orgin of that picture under your name, KTW? That pic has been hanging for years in the EIC shop where I work.
Found it on the web somewhere a long time ago. I do not know it's origin.
11-14-2007, 06:14 AM
I received my special order dies from Lee for my 308 Marlin Express so today I'm going to try to get my TLC311-165-RF up and running in it today. We are at the peak of our rut but the temperature isn't cooperating. The heat index was 100F when I went out yesterday evening and the high temperature is supposed to be 91F today. The doe chasing I'm seeing is under my yard lights in the middle of the night. Oh well.
11-14-2007, 07:24 AM
The Lee C358-180RF GB has already made meat this year.
11-14-2007, 12:28 PM
TLC432 300 RF from Ranch Dog.
Cast out of pure WW, waterquenched, ( weigh 305 grs with lube and GC ), loaded to just over 2200 fps out of my 22 in micro groove Marlin.
A small calf:
A very small bull:
Another small bull:
The 300 gr RD bullet is very accurate in my Marlin.
11-14-2007, 04:39 PM
Ranch Dog, let me know how that bullet works in your 308.I'm thinking about using cast bullets in mine but when trying a dummy round the action seems to need a very short OAL.
11-14-2007, 09:28 PM
Lee 50 cal 358 Gr Minnie and 80 Gr Pyrodex RS from a T/C Hawken. One nice Oregon Blacktail Doe. Mark
11-15-2007, 05:33 AM
Glad to see ya got something working. Nice moose.
11-15-2007, 08:53 AM
Heading out to NE oregon tomorrow for white tail; TC .50 cal Maxi-Ball over 90 gr (V) ffg Triple 7 in TC Black Mountain Magnum. Velocity is 1525 fps. Here is a 6 shot group I fired a couple days ago. The rifle had been zero'd for RBs at 50 yards so I needed to rezero at 100 yards with the Maxi at 100 yards. I carry 5 speed loaders so the 6 shots are with one down the barrel and the other 5 from the speedloaders with no cleaning between shots. The 8 o'clock "10" is two holes. After that group I zero'd it POA - POI at 100 yards. Hit's 2" hight at 50. Now If I can just find a white tail.....
11-15-2007, 12:15 PM
My 444 is fantastic!
It dont matter what bullet I use, heavy or light, cast or jacketed, my 444 is always accurate.
11-15-2007, 09:21 PM
Thanks to Bruce B. some LEE .429 250gr RN softpointBoolits. Placed in a French shoe(sabot) powered by 100gr measured Pyro RS for 1700 fps:drinks:
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