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Thread: Lee 150 or 170 in my 94?

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    Lee 150 or 170 in my 94?

    I currently shoot the Lee C309 170 f over IMR 4198 out of my pre 64 Winchester. Thinking of going to the 150 grain version, also GC, for deer hunting in the Adirondacks. Thinking it might give me a little flatter trajectory, just wondering if the 150 is enough for deer and the occasional bear. Any input appreciated. Thanks, Craig

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    Me personally, I would stick with the 170...

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    I agree if your shots are over 200 yards with irons or receiver sights. If shorter ranges, no need to change.
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    Yep, trajectory change between cast 170 and cast150 will not be enough to bother with inside 200. Both will kill deer, I like the 170, just for exit insurance. Could hp the 170 and still have more mass than the 150...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Elbow View Post
    I currently shoot the Lee C309 170 f over IMR 4198 out of my pre 64 Winchester. Thinking of going to the 150 grain version, also GC, for deer hunting in the Adirondacks. Thinking it might give me a little flatter trajectory, just wondering if the 150 is enough for deer and the occasional bear. Any input appreciated. Thanks, Craig
    My 94/Marlin both like both and either one in the right place works great at killin stuff ,I cast both at 310-11 and try for BHN 11-13 GCed up to 2000 FPS /Ed

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    The Lee 150 is good enough for deer, I have done it. The 170 is the better choice though especially if bears are a possibility.

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    Old gun smith and dealer told me once that the rifle was designed so the 170 grain was the optimum round. I was looking at the same choice you were and which choice I made didn't matter since I was buying one of those two molds from him and they were the same price. I think his advice was geared toward making sure I got good results.
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    Get the 150 also. And I plan to get the 170. My 10" twist Mauser shoots the 150 great but my 12" twist Win 94 doesn't. And both like 170 gr j-words better than 150s. So far. I'm going to try some C309113f as soon as I GC and lube them.

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    Funny that......My Savage 340 leans towards the 150, but my Marlin 336 will shoot either 150 or 170 fine. Go heavy if you can.
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