Buckmasters Tip of the Week: Ammunition

by Justin on April 18, 2008

Tip of the Week: Ammunition

You should shoot a variety of ammunition from your rifle or shotgun to see which works best in your particular gun. Just because a particular brand and grain size works for your buddy doesn’t mean it will work well in your gun.

Once you have found a bullet design and brand that suits your style of hunting, make sure you sight in with the same brand, bullet design and bullet weight that you will be using when hunting. Changing any of those three variables can cause a shift in where your gun shoots.

Several companies now make premium ammunition, and it’s worth the added cost. In fact, premium ammo is the next best thing to hand-loading your own ammunition, which I don’t have the time or inclination to do.

It is particularly important for hunters who travel long distances to make sure they have at least two boxes of ammo with them. You never know when your rifle might take a lick that knocks it out of sync, and it might take several shots to get the rifle back to form. If you’re out hunting in the boonies, the local hardware store might not carry your brand of ammunition.

Some hunters prefer a fast, light bullet and others like a heavy bullet that moves a little slower. They will all take deer. For hunting mature bucks — deer heavier than 200 pounds — I’d recommend a minimum of 130-grain bullets. As long as you stick with a well-designed bullet and concentrate on making a good first shot, you won’t have many problems.

–Jackie Bushman

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Paul June 25, 2012 at 1:08 am

Keep in mind that proper storage of ammo is extremely important. Ammo cans are the perfect way to store your bulk ammo.

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