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I currently am looking to try something new for my caliber rifles. Does anyone have any experience using 125/130 gr bullets for deer. I am interested in using this out of the old 30-30 ,30-06 and 300 Savage but am not sure these bullets will hold up on whitetail. I've used them on varmints and like the way they shoot.
 

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I have been using the Remington 125g PSP intended for the Ruger mini 30. I am pushing it out of a bolt action Savage 30-30 at about 2650 fps. My wife has taken 2 whitetails at about 100 yards with complete penitration. I have done penitation tests with this bullet and have found it quite tough. My test consisted of shooting into catalogues at 75 yards.
8x57 Mauser- 170g Hornady 2700 fps---4 1/2"
30-30 150g Win PSP 2400 fps------------4"
30-30 125g Rem 2650 fps passed right through 5 1/2"
.50 cal round ball from muzzleloader-------1 1/2"
This was not much of a test, but it was a bit of fun. The muzzleloader did not penitrate very far but it sent the bundle of catalogues and the box they where in rolling a few feet away. The Speer 130g flat point is also good from what I have heard.
 

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Try the Barnes "X" bullets, I believe that they have a 125 (flat base?) and 130gr (boattail) in .30 cal.

All I've shot with them were varmits BUT they sure dropped on the spot, even coyotes shot in the 'middle'. And you would not have a problem with fragmentation, being all-copper.

For what it's worth, the 125gr. Ballistic Tip is surprisingly tough, but I am distrustful of BTs for big game hunting.
 
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