Shawn shot this mule deer buck with his Browning .300 Win with Leupold VXIII Scope at 400 yards. Click this picture to watch the video of this hunt.
- .243: $15-$23
- .270: $18-$25
- .300 Win Mag: $20-$30
Likewise, the cost of the deer hunting rifle its self will be determined by the caliber with the bigger costing more due to the larger size of components such as barrel and bolt.
One thing to remember is that the performance of deer hunting calibers can also be manipulated by variations in the amount of grains that a bullet is. For instance a .243 can be loaded with 50 grains or 100 + grains, thus affecting the weight and knock down power of the bullet. For a light deer hunting caliber such as a .243, it is suggested that you go with a heavier round.
Here is a list of the standard grains of bullet you will want to use for deer hunting.
- .243: 100 grain
- .270: 130 grain
- .300: 180 grain
These are generic standards. Each rifle shoots different bullets differently, so you will want to find which size and load shoots the best out of your rifle. Follow the links below to buy what we have found to be the best rounds for deer hunting to start with for each of these calibers.
- .243 100 grain Federal Fusion
- .270 130 grain Federal Fusion
- .300 180 grain Federal Fusion
That’s right, Federal Fusion are the best loads for deer hunting for just about every deer hunting caliber.
Bullet Velocity and Drop
The velocity at which the bullet leaves the muzzle is what most people look at when comparing deer hunting calibers as well as bullet drop. Each round is different with regards to the bullet weight and the amount of powder, both measured in grains. The more powder and the lighter the bullet, the greater the velocity of the bullet will be right out of the muzzle. The catch is though that the bullet velocity and weight will greatly determine the accuracy of the bullet, so a happy medium between all three needs to be found.
Of the three best calibers for deer hunting, all have a muzzle velocity of about 3100 feet per second (fps) when shot with the recommended bullet grain. All three are relatively flat shooting rifles and have the ability to shot quite long distances with ballistics charts and the right scope.
Deer Hunting Scopes: