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    Default Bullets for goats

    Just curious as to what people's go to bullets are for goats. I am shooting a .300saum and cant decide between 165gr nosler ballistic tips, 165gr scirrocos, or 168 gr TSX. The ballistic tips are the most accurate of the 3 in my rifle, but not sure how well they would work on a goat.

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    180 Gr TSX. Knock em down before they commit suicide. Goats are TOUGH.

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    The 168 Gr TSX would be a minimum. 180 or 200 gr is better. Goats are solid they can soak up more lead than a Shamwow especially if you don't put them down with the first shot. You don't want to lose your goat. Get in close and seal the deal with authority.

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    Just remember that if he ain't anchored at the shot it can add a couple steep miles of pack out
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    The reason why I ask is a friend of mine has shot a good number of goats and he uses 150gr bullets for goats and has never lost one. That made me think that bullet construction might be more important than weight. I also have some 165gr nosler partitions that I could work a load up for. This will be my first serious time going after a billy, maybe I am over thinking it.

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    Good ?
    I am shooting a 300 rum. and am loading 200gr. accu bonds and ttsx .For an up coming goat hunt.
    My last load was 180 ballistic tip and they grouped inside of 5" at 500yds.
    Hoping to tighten that and have better terminal preformance.
    Any opinions on either ball?

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    Ether one of the TSX or Scirrocos will work just fine!.....line up heart/lung with some bone and hit the switch!.....they won't be moving very far.

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    What's wrong with the nosler ramhunter?
    Alpine is awesome...

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    i have to say that this kind of obsessive talk about bullet performance always strikes me as silly. you put a solid lead patched round ball into a goats boiler room and it's going down.
    i have killed (okay, my wife killed one ) two goats, both with 220 gr noslers out of my .338. both shots were perfect, one at 25 yds and one at 225 yds, and the goats just tanked. you hit where you need to, and the goat will die. they're not some sort of supernatural creature, fer crissakes...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Amigo Will View Post
    Just remember that if he ain't anchored at the shot it can add a couple steep miles of pack out
    For Example
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kdwnzIQcbVw
    I used a 150 TTSX 7MM

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    My experience is limited to one goat.

    Rifle: Win M-70 in 30.06
    Bullet: Fed Prem 165 gr TBBC
    Distance: 200 yards
    Shot angle: 30 degrees downhill
    Animal position & movement: quartering away L to R; walking
    Point of aim: off shoulder "armpit"
    Point of impact: Between last two ribs, 6" from spine
    Total shots: 1
    Travel after shot: 4 or 5 steps

    The bullet transected the torso and came to rest against the skin along the offside brisket. The goat walked 10 feet and fell over, slid off a series of small stair-stepped cliffs and came to rest at the head of a snowfield. I fully expected to have to shoot 3 or 4 times due to their reputation, but, at least in my case, one well placed, well constructed bullet of an appropriate mass and caliber was enough.

    To the OP: Those are all premium bullets. Were it me, I'd shoot the whichever one my rifle liked best.

    The trick to goats is not how to kill them but where. Watch the terrain and be patient.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Erik in AK View Post
    The trick to goats is not how to kill them but where. Watch the terrain and be patient.
    There you go... the best advice you are going to get.
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    I'm heading out next week for goat and will have the .270 in tow.
    First time I'll be hunting with such a light gun in many, many years, but I'm pretty confident.
    I'll be shooting 150 grn. Tsx's.
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