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Shooting Remington Core-loc 130 grain bullets, my Ruger will group less than an inch at 100 yards. The problem is, they don't exit the deer. No exit holes make for very little blood trail. I hate to give up accuracy, but I REALLY don't want to give up a shot deer! Which bullet gives you the best performance once it meets the meat?
 

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diffrent guns by the same manufacturer are going to like diffrent bullets.

I shoot Hornady ammo mostly anymore, just because my guns seem to like it.

stick with 130 grain and try some diffrent soft point ammo.
 

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I have switched to Federal Fusion in all of my guns. They are fairly inexpensive and shoot great. Big exit holes in all calibers. Good Luck!!
 

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You may want to try a heavier version of the same bullet,and the only reason I say that is because it may be hitting the animal so fast that it,s
coming apart.I sure dont think it,s the caliber or the gun,that caliber has been in the top 5 in sales since it came out.Good Luck ,Mike
 

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I shoot 130 grain super X softpoint. The cheap stuff. Never shot a deer that needed to be tracked. I've killed some big hogs with that load too.

I shot an elk with my 270 using barnes X bullets all copper. They went right throught it and it never flinched. hit it four times in a spot about 6 inches. It took a few steps and fell over.
 

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took 10 Deer with 9 shots the last two seasons with Federal Vital Shok 130 grn Ballistic tips.

I walked up on a small buck in a little wind ,the first day of gun season and quickly raised the rifle and fired.
An "un described" Deer I didn't even focus on yet dropped like a rock down range and well to the right of the buck I was shooting at .

Damn you should have felt my heart sank as this unintentional deer was going around in circles on the ground and the Buck I shot took a beautiful leap into the heavy brush.
I felt sorry for the "other deer" as it was looking at me and hopelessly trying to get away. I even was thinking of taking the thing to a Vet for a few seconds before I snapped out of what the press would do with that!

"hunter shoots deer and then brings it to the vet "

I then finished the struggling deer off with my knife and tried to figure out how the hell I could be 12 feet off at 30 yards.

scope was tight so I go over and see what happened to deer 1
I did see some blood so I feel better but also confused.
I find him piled up not 20' inside the brush with a large exit wound after being shot just above the heart and to the rear.

still puzzled I go over and can not find any wound at all on deer #2
Nothing at all.
as I skin the deer i start to see hemorrhaging on the backbone where I find the complete copper Jacket of my ballistic tip.

I am still using this Ammo because I bought 5 boxes. other than the 2 for 1 shot I have been very pleased with it.
 

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I have a Ruger M77 MII in .270 that I shoot the Hornady 140 SST with(red tip). Opens up just fine and have never lost any game.
 

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This specific issue has been discussed in earlier threads.
I went to a 130 grain ballistic tip a few years back in my .270, and although the deer were killed, I wasn't getting exit wounds. I stepped up to 140 grains with a noseler tip, and bingo. problem solved.
 

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I was shooting the federal shells with the Barnes triple shock for a while solid copper hollow point an had no complaints on performance just price 50$ a box then I tried the Winchester power max 130grain .270 it a bonded copper jacket hollow point bout 22$ a box an I love them but as already mentioned differed guns like diff bullets I have also had good performance with the federal fusions in 130gr sp .270 in a bar they are inexpensive as well an did the job I just like the hollow point myself exit wound or not they are devistating!
 

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I have been shooting Hornady 130 SST's from my Tikka because they hole each other at 100 yds, I haven't shot anything with them yet so I can't personally vouch but they came highly recomended by multiple people.
 

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Thanks for all the replies. Looks like the rules haven't changed, try different loads to see what the gun likes. Then shoot deer with it to see how it performs. The first part is easy, now I just need someone to bring about fifty deer to the range so I can figure out the second part!
 

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Winchester Super X 130gr power points. I've been shooting these for years and have never had a problem. I've tried different ones and had the same exit problems you had with the core locks and monarchs. Tried the Remington accutips and liked them but they are $35 a box compared to about $15-$17 for the winchesters. Great groups at under an inch at 100 yards and 8 times out of 10 they are drt or only go 20 yards.

Another note, it's all about what your gun shoots good and the most important is shot placement. You can shoot every bullet on the market but without the correct shot placement you can just give it up.
 

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Luckily, placement hasn't been a problem. I started out bowhunting so I kinda keep waiting for double lungs like I was launching an arrow. I'm just not getting exits. The buck I took season before last was shot at 52 yards just behind the shoulder. The only bones hit were ribs. I cut the bullet out just under the skin on the off side! He only went about 30 yards but there was NO BLOOD trail at all!
 

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Luckily, placement hasn't been a problem. I started out bowhunting so I kinda keep waiting for double lungs like I was launching an arrow. I'm just not getting exits. The buck I took season before last was shot at 52 yards just behind the shoulder. The only bones hit were ribs. I cut the bullet out just under the skin on the off side! He only went about 30 yards but there was NO BLOOD trail at all!
I am not an expert hunter by any means, but me and my son shot hornady last year and out of 4 deer, 2 of them dropped in their tracks, one ran about 40 yards into the woods and the other about 150 yards. No blood trails on either one that ran off... Switched to remington core loct this year to try something different...
 
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