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    What is the best cal for mule deer

    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

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    That should do fine, shoot what you are comfortable with. I use a 7m-08 for muledeer.

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    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.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Booner View Post
    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

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    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.

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    Great caliber for mule deer. IMO. Thats the caliber my wife shoots and she has killed several deer with it. Mule deer and Whitetails.

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    Great caliber for mule deer! Good luck on your trip and shoot straight!
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    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).

    Great gun for deer.

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    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.

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    .270win w/130gr

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

 

 

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