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LoneStarTiger
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Ammo recommendation for pronghorn hunt

I'm planning a pronghorn hunt in New Mexico this year. I'll be using a .300 Win Mag (overkill, I know) but trying to decide what ammo to use out of these two options:

Norma Whitetail 150 gr
Barnes TTSX 180 gr

I'm leaning pretty heavily towards the Barnes simply for the better ballistics/BC due to the possibility of longer shot distances and winds out on the plains.



Rize
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I don’t think it matters with a .300 win mag on a pronghorn. I’d take which ammo shot better groups out of the gun.


oleyeller
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Anything you would use on whitetail


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LoneStarTiger
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I know both would kill pronghorn easily, they have a reputation of being pretty soft.

My rifle shoot both rounds well, though I have never shot groups with them at any real distance. That may become the deciding factor.


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ozktgr
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The 150 grain would drop maybe 1.5" at 300 yards. That seems manageable on a animal that size


DownshiftAndFloorIt
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Whichever one shoots better. I always like the heavier ones.


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257WBY
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Those two have different ballistics. Go with what you’re sighted in with.
Practice out to 400 yards.


Jack Daniel
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I'll be using a .300 Win Mag (overkill, I know

You want to borrow my 11 yr old daughter’s .270?


ccard257
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The 150 grain would drop maybe 1.5" at 300 yards


no. it would drop 6.7" from a 200 yard zero. More if you're not getting the velocity printed on the box.


ozktgr
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You're right, would help if I could read a graph correctly.

LINK


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Jaspermac
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A 22-250 is perfect goat gun.


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LoneStarTiger
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quote:

Those two have different ballistics. Go with what you’re sighted in with.
Practice out to 400 yards.


I'm going to have to get dialed in with either one to get zeroed out at 200 or so, and I'll be practicing for sure!


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LoneStarTiger
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You want to borrow my 11 yr old daughter’s .270?


no, I have one myself. But I shoot the .300 better. I'll probably bring my .270 as well just in case. Or I can bring the OB's favorite, a .243
This post was edited on 6/30 at 1:51 pm


GREENHEAD22
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I either take my 270 with 130g Barnes X

Or 25-06AI with 117g vital shocks.



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ChasseurNC
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Flat trajectory


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Pandy Fackler
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The 150. You can reach out further with it. Pronghorn shots tend to be really long.

I've killed them with a 270. In Wyoming, that's the preferred caliber.
This post was edited on 6/30 at 6:48 pm


ccard257
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Or I can bring the OB's favorite, a .243


oh hell yeah. 80gr ttsx and call it a day.


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DownshiftAndFloorIt
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Bring the big boomer. If you miss you wanna look good doing it.


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LoneStarTiger
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Maybe I should just go ahead and buy that .257 Weatherby I want and shoot them from the next county over.


DownshiftAndFloorIt
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Buying a rifle is an option and you withhold that information this long? Wtf man


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