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The 300 gr. X bullet is an excellent choice, but go with the Spitzer X, not the flat nose. There is no reason to handicap yourself, as far as flat shooting, with the XFN bullet, not out of the No. 1. I shoot this out of my 15" Contender and get 1890 fps. This limits shots to 175 yards due to the velocity falling below 1600 fps, the minimum needed for expansion with this bullet, but the trajectory is quite flat out to 200 yards. I shoot H322 and get 1.5" groups for 5 at 100 yards. I have not shot this out of my No.1 yet, but I suspect you would have a real deer slayer, or anything else for that matter. I have taken over two dozen deer from 90 to 200 pounds with this bullet from every conceivable angle, and it is absolute murder, and this mind you is out of a handgun. And, I have yet to recover a bullet, they always go clean through and all but one deer dropped in its tracks, and no, there were no CNS shots. All were heart/shoulder/lung from various angles. Meat damage is minimal. Put this puppy in a rifle, get the extra velocity, and you will have a flat shooting S.O.G. on your hands. By the way, the X spitzer bullet expands at lower velocities than most any lead-core bullet, including Barnes and Woodleigh, which both need 2000 fps impact velocity to expand reliably. Barnes states 1500 fps with the .458 300 gr. X spitzer, but my test show that below 1600 fps, in wet newsprint, expansion becomes iffy (the XFN expands down to around 1000 fps, but you give up a lot of range with the flat nosed shape). Stick with 1600 fps as your minimum and they work every time. Plus, the X spitzer shape really holds its velocity and lets you reach out and touch something. Much better for long range work than any flat-nosed bullet, obviously.