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#185806 - 10/30/17 04:27 PM Re: Hello and Info/Help Please [Re: cherokeetracker]
cfish2
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BgDnTx, I've used that Winchester factory load successfully on hogs and deer. The 240 gr sieera that Ernie mentioned is another good whitetail bullet. Like everyone here has already pointed out Wvhitman is the encyclopedia of handgun hunting. Good luck.
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#185813 - 10/30/17 06:02 PM Re: Hello and Info/Help Please [Re: cfish2]
BgDnTX
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Mech 8: glad to hear about XTP. I was concerned with HP penetration vs SWC. I believe I am over-thinking this, and under estimating caliber.
cherokeetracker: thanks for the load info. I have learned that reloading is a craft with many variables. At least I have learned to stop loading to the max and go for some efficiency and accuracy. Ha
cfish2: I have some Sierra, but may keep it simple with the Winchester on this first hunt as you have mentioned.
Thanks to all of you.

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#185814 - 10/30/17 06:19 PM Re: Hello and Info/Help Please [Re: BgDnTX]
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A decent stout 44 mag will take both shoulders out of the 250+ pound deer here I don't think you have to worry about penetration on your southeren deer lol

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#185821 - 10/30/17 08:09 PM Re: Hello and Info/Help Please [Re: BushytailBasher]
BgDnTX
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Yes Sir. I have a 6 inch GP100 and that may be as much as is needed around here. As I said earlier, I probably under estimate caliber and power.
One thing I do know. When eating a bacon wrapped filet of backstrap from off the grill, all the concern seems to go away.

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#185830 - 10/30/17 09:49 PM Re: Hello and Info/Help Please [Re: BgDnTX]
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Yep
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#185832 - 10/30/17 10:22 PM Re: Hello and Info/Help Please [Re: cfish2]
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I'd say a good hardcast wfn would break both shoulders nicely... I'd guess it would on the deer here but I've never used them... I have a hundered minus a few but for some reason my 357 contender barrel won't shoot cast worth a hoot sometimes.... At least it used to but it doesnt want to now.... But I've got a max reamer on the way and hopefully that'll straighten it out

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#185839 - 10/31/17 02:32 AM Re: Hello and Info/Help Please [Re: BushytailBasher]
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I am lucky in that the 40 acre timber I hunt is surrounded by crops. Because of this I don't worry so much about the deer running on a double lung shot. That being said, the burrs are really getting thick in my timber, and they are a PIA. I mow a path through the timber to keep them down where I walk in, but the rest of the timber is full of them. I hunt tree stands in the timber and ground blinds on the field edges. I think I will go for the high shoulder shot with my 5" Super Redhawk this year. I shoot 240 grain XTP's out of it. I will give up a pound or two of meat if I don't have to pick burrs lol.

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#185848 - 10/31/17 10:37 AM Re: Hello and Info/Help Please [Re: ruger4570]
BgDnTX
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Ruger4570: I see the XTP mentioned as much as lead. And glad to hear since I respect hornady products. I would rather run jackets since I really dislike cleaning lead from a barrel.
Burrs - amazing what the Good Lord has created to stick to bluejeans and make life miserable. Ha

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#185863 - 10/31/17 04:30 PM Re: Hello and Info/Help Please [Re: BgDnTX]
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BgDnTx- howdy from another Hill Country handgunner! My hunting grounds are in eastern Kerr county- same stuff you hunt in Blanco.

I?m still pretty new with handgun hunting, and only have 3 handgun deer under my belt. Two with a CVA ?Scout? .243 and one with a Ruger SRH in .454. I have a similar issue to you in that my feeder is 60 yards from a fence, and behind that fence is some of the thickest cedar I have ever seen in my life. After tracking a few deer into that area, I started doing head shots to drop the deer in their tracks. I know that is a dangerous proposition with a chance to do some very nasty wounds (I have seen a couple deer with jaws blown off. Not pretty), but I am very picky about my shots and only take a 100% sure shot.

Good luck on opening weekend!

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#185867 - 10/31/17 05:39 PM Re: Hello and Info/Help Please [Re: bullsi1911]
BgDnTX
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Thanks bullsi1911. Yes, head shot or maybe behind ear is doable. I would go for it if the shot was perfect, or darn near perfect. So not against it absolutely, but I do not think about it as a regular habit.

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