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andrewlonghi
12-05-2012, 06:49 PM
Planning a mule deer hunt and would like to know what is the best cal for hunting mule deer. I plan on taking my 257 wby mag....I reload for it and it is devastating to whitetail but mule deer are a little bigger then Florida deer

tommyp
12-05-2012, 07:11 PM
That should do fine, shoot what you are comfortable with. I use a 7m-08 for muledeer.

Booner
12-05-2012, 07:11 PM
You will have no trouble killing a mule deer with that. I have shot lots with a 2506 with no trouble at all. My dad shoots the wby mag and it's awesome. I've shot a few with a 264 win mag and it works well, but to tell you truth, they don't die any faster than when they get hit with the 25.

andrewlonghi
12-05-2012, 07:33 PM
You will have no trouble killing a mule deer with that. I have shot lots with a 2506 with no trouble at all. My dad shoots the wby mag and it's awesome. I've shot a few with a 264 win mag and it works well, but to tell you truth, they don't die any faster than when they get hit with the 25.

Oh yeah....I reload the swift scroccio 100gr with 75gr of RL25....three shot average was 3710fps threw the conograph....I had a 25-06 and was very happy with the results from it. I ended up getting a 257 wby mag this summer just to have more go at long range

Bitterroot Bulls
12-05-2012, 07:47 PM
Even with a bonded bullet, that impact velocity is getting pretty high. You might have a bit of impact side bloodshot if the shot is on the shorter side.

The caliber and bullet are a good match for mule deer, IMO.

hvfd21walker
12-05-2012, 08:02 PM
Great caliber for mule deer. IMO. Thats the caliber my wife shoots and she has killed several deer with it. Mule deer and Whitetails.

6mm Remington
12-05-2012, 08:37 PM
Great caliber for mule deer! Good luck on your trip and shoot straight!

Shane13
12-05-2012, 09:30 PM
I've killed several mule deer with my .240 Weatherby - 100 grain Nosler Partitions and Sierra GameKings, mostly. Pretty devastating. A 120 gr. bullet through the .257 would be even more devastating (although the deer wouldn't be any more dead). :D

Great gun for deer.

Edelweiss
12-05-2012, 10:31 PM
We shot a little forky mulie buck with a 257 Weatherby a few years ago. He fell over like Dad hit him with a lightning bolt.

Barnes X-Bullet.

I am not a fan of 25-06/257 Weatherby velocities with match/Nosler ballistic tip bullets. Having said that I shot an antelope buck with a 284 Winchester using the Balistic Tip and he basically exploded inside.

HuskyMusky
12-05-2012, 10:49 PM
.270win w/130gr

hard to argue with a .257wby though!
100gr TSX would be my choice.

OldGuy
12-06-2012, 06:35 AM
Your .257Bee will work just fine. I like the 110 gr. Nosler Accubond bullet loaded with H1000 powder and a Fed 215Mag primer.

Old Roy knew what he was doing when he came up with this one!

Colorado Cowboy
12-06-2012, 06:51 AM
There are 2 seperate discussion on this that must have 100 comments posted. Go to page 2 and 2/3s of the way down. 25-06 & .257 Wby are there. I own and shoot both on deer/antelope. Lots of good discussion and comments.

Old Hunter
12-09-2012, 08:49 AM
.243 to a .270 works good. If you like timber hunting the good old 30-30 is hard to beat.

sjsmallfield
01-07-2013, 02:59 PM
The .257Wby is a great round. I have had one for about 12 years now. It is by far my favorite for deer sized game.

WYcoyote
01-08-2013, 09:14 PM
If I was putting together a dedicated muley rifle I would think long and hard at the .270WSM.
But that 257 Bee will work fantastic.

Rock 2.0
01-12-2013, 05:22 PM
Whatever you shoot the most comfortably and accurately.

jenbickel
01-12-2013, 06:36 PM
I LOVE my 257 weatherby!! I took this mule deer with it this year!! He was the biggest bodied deer I have ever shot and he didn't go far after the shot.. Like 2 feet.. Lol :)

http://img.tapatalk.com/d/13/01/13/a4uba6yq.jpg

dhershberger
01-12-2013, 07:23 PM
I like the good old .30-06 with 150 grains. They always do the trick!

sjsmallfield
01-12-2013, 07:42 PM
I LOVE my 257 weatherby!! I took this mule deer with it this year!! He was the biggest bodied deer I have ever shot and he didn't go far after the shot.. Like 2 feet.. Lol :)

You show off! ;)

jenbickel
01-12-2013, 08:01 PM
You show off! ;)

Lmao! Couldn't help it ;)