Enough Bullet For Fallow

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Fallow buck-credit B.Navez
Fallow buck-credit B.Navez

Q: I have a Remington Model 700 in 7mm-08 that lofts the 130gn Speer flat-base spitzer out at over 3000fps with a compressed charge of 48.5gn of Reloder 17. Accuracy with this load is superb. Most of the deer in the area where I hunt are fallow, and shooting range is usually from 150 to 200 metres. Do you think the Speer 130gn spitzer is enough bullet for the job?
Don Campbell

A: The average fallow buck weighs from 48 to 90kgs and I've taken quite a few of them with a single well placed Hornady 110gn bullet from the .270 Winchester. I've also used the 130gn Speer spitzer in my 7mm-08 with excellent results at ranges

Speer 130gn BTSP in .284
Speer 130gn BTSP in .284

from 50 to 250 metres. In fact, I used the 130gn Speer in my .284 Winchester to take a 13-1/8-13-3/8 inch tahr in New Zealand back in 1998 at almost 250 yards - a fair distance. I think the 130gn Speer is a good choice.

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