Jared says that it’s tough to pick a favorite caliber without really considering the geographical location you are hunting. In the Eastern part of the country where hunters often have to contend with heavy brush and their shots are generally closer range, Jared says that the .30-30 and .308 are good choices. Sticking with short action cartridges in 30 caliber and up, Jared says the heavier bullet often performs better in the brush and experiences a little less deflection. That is a dramatically different scenario than that of a hunter that is chasing big game out west, Jared says. The wide-open country of the west makes 500-600+ yards shots very possible so you have to plan accordingly for longer range shots. You need something that travels well and has good long-range capability. In this instance, Jared says the 300 Win Mag, 7mm Rem Mag and 7mm STW, among others, are all legitimate choices.
A lot of hunters don’t put a whole lot of thought into the ammunition they shoot. They just go to the store and grab a box of rifle cartridges off the shelf, checking to make sure they are the right caliber, but disregarding grain. However, every hunter should understand their ammunition. The different available selections can affect the ballistic coefficient and overall performance. In general, Jared says when you go with a heavier grain bullet, you’ll have a higher ballistic coefficient and that bullet will travel a little better down range. In contrast, a lighter bullet, in many cases, carries all its velocity on the front end and begins to dissipate more quickly than a heavier bullet. Understanding how each performs is important so a hunter can make a more educated purchase that will hopefully better suit their personal needs afield. Much like caliber selection, ammunition is an individual thing. Jared says that it’s important to find a load that shoots well out of your gun. For the most accurate results he recommends picking up a few different kinds of ammunition and test firing them all. By doing so you can see which one performs the best and gives you the most positive results. When it comes time to hunt, knowing and sticking to your effective and ethical range is important. Jared says that in many cases, Federal Ammunition offerings can outshoot a hunter’s skill level. While your firearm and your ammunition may be capable of longer-range shots, that doesn’t mean you should take them. Proficiency is important and we as hunters and shooters should hold ourselves to a high standard and only take shots we are confident and capable of.
Jared will also highlight boat-tail ammunition with a look at the Federal Trophy Copper line of ammunition. The polymer tip and boat-tail design increase the ballistic coefficient resulting in higher downrange velocity and energy plus less bullet drop. On impact, especially with monolithic bullets like the Trophy Copper, you get a lot of expansion. Jared notes that it’s not uncommon to see the size of the bullet double if not more as it’s traveling through its target. He’ll also highlight the new Nosler AccuBond loads as well as the cost effective, versatile and accurate, Federal Fusion.
As a rifle hunter you know that you are going to sacrifice a little bit of meat with a body shot, but excessive bloodshot meat could signal that something more is going on. Jared says in some cases with bloodshot meat what is happening upon impact is that the bullet is delaminating, and this can be especially true with lower quality bullets. While high velocity can cause bloodshot meat as well, a big culprit is poor bullet construction which underscores Jared’s point that it’s important to use monolithic bullets like the Trophy Copper loads or Federal’s bonded bullets like the Trophy Bonded Tip and Edge TLR.
Jared will also weigh in on modern slug guns and the improved accuracy they have today, plus he’ll touch on one of the most prolific deer hunting calibers of all time, the 30-30 and explain what makes it a timeless favorite. Tune in for a wide-ranging talk with Jared Hinton, Communication Coordinator for Federal Premium Ammunition. Check out www.FederalPremium.com and take a look at all the different options available to you this fall.
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