Projectile for fallow 30 cal

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Projectile for fallow 30 cal

Post by Cal-ApeR » 11 Dec 2018, 4:41 pm

Hi all,

Anyone used the Woodleigh Bullets 30 Caliber 130 Grain Weldcore Protected Point Soft Nose for deer sized game? Just thinking it might be a but much for fallow etc. Do they expand well? I know the South Africans are fans but they are usually big game hunting with them for much larger calibers.

Lgs has a good deal on them.
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Re: Projectile for fallow 30 cal

Post by Oldbloke » 11 Dec 2018, 5:40 pm

I'm inclined to think 130gr for smaller deer like fallow down to say dogs is a better choice than say 180gr. (just developed a 130gr load for a 3006)

Having said that I was surprised to see a huge exit wound when I shot a fox with a Hornady lockcore 180gr a few months back. Sooo maybe we worry too much.
Hunt safe, look after the bush & plug more pests. :thumbsup: Better to load on the mild side. :o The greatest invention in the history of man is beer. :drinks: "Often the written message doesn't convey all of the information"
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Re: Projectile for fallow 30 cal

Post by Cal-ApeR » 11 Dec 2018, 6:13 pm

This is true. I reckon we over think things. I too think 180gr is a little heavy for the smaller deer species. I figure the 130gr Woodleigh protected soft point will work well on fallow etc.
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Re: Projectile for fallow 30 cal

Post by marksman » 11 Dec 2018, 6:20 pm

I have had pencilling from woodleighs on thin skinned game (goats) and think they may not expand but fallow are easy to put down so they will probably be ok
try them they are a very good projectile
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Re: Projectile for fallow 30 cal

Post by Cal-ApeR » 11 Dec 2018, 7:19 pm

For the price they are going for I think I'll grab some and give them a go. If they don't work out, I can save them for a rainy day.
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Re: Projectile for fallow 30 cal

Post by bigfellascott » 11 Dec 2018, 8:07 pm

130gn Speer HP's.
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Re: Projectile for fallow 30 cal

Post by bigpete » 11 Dec 2018, 8:07 pm

I think they would work very well myself
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Post by Cal-ApeR » 11 Dec 2018, 8:32 pm

Speer 130gr HP? Are you a fan?
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Re: Projectile for fallow 30 cal

Post by bigfellascott » 12 Dec 2018, 5:51 am

Cal-ApeR wrote:Speer 130gr HP? Are you a fan?


Yeah I use em on pigs to great effect, bang flop every time. :thumbsup: Fallow aren't solid animals (more like goats with long legs) :D so you really don't need a heavy solidly constructed pill to roll em. The ol 204 puts em on the ground no worries at all (head shots) so a 130gn proj will flatten em no worries. :drinks:
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Re: Projectile for fallow 30 cal

Post by bigpete » 12 Dec 2018, 6:11 am

bigfellascott wrote:
Cal-ApeR wrote:Speer 130gr HP? Are you a fan?


Yeah I use em on pigs to great effect, bang flop every time. :thumbsup: Fallow aren't solid animals (more like goats with long legs) :D so you really don't need a heavy solidly constructed pill to roll em. The ol 204 puts em on the ground no worries at all (head shots) so a 130gn proj will flatten em no worries. :drinks:


I beg to differ. A mature fallow buck is a way different creature to any sort of goat. Still, 130gn HP's would be fine
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Post by Cal-ApeR » 12 Dec 2018, 10:29 am

Cheers Gents. I'll grab myself some and see how I go. I've seen people take them with 100gr sp in their 243s so I guess a 130gr HP in 30cal should fit the bill. I'm always sceptical with HPs on larger animals. I have always feared hitting a large boar and not getting enough penetration. As such, always stuck with the Soft points.
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Re: Projectile for fallow 30 cal

Post by Oldbloke » 12 Dec 2018, 12:14 pm

As a guide in Vic the minimum for Fallow was:
243. 80 grains
Hunt safe, look after the bush & plug more pests. :thumbsup: Better to load on the mild side. :o The greatest invention in the history of man is beer. :drinks: "Often the written message doesn't convey all of the information"
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Re: Projectile for fallow 30 cal

Post by bigfellascott » 12 Dec 2018, 6:51 pm

Cal-ApeR wrote:Cheers Gents. I'll grab myself some and see how I go. I've seen people take them with 100gr sp in their 243s so I guess a 130gr HP in 30cal should fit the bill. I'm always sceptical with HPs on larger animals. I have always feared hitting a large boar and not getting enough penetration. As such, always stuck with the Soft points.


They are only thin skinned lightly boned type animal mate, penetration won't be an issue and the HP's will anchor it fine if you shoot it in the right spot. :thumbsup:
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Re: Projectile for fallow 30 cal

Post by tom604 » 12 Dec 2018, 7:43 pm

bigfellascott wrote:130gn Speer HP's.



this ^^^^^^^^ but be careful with shot placement ,, they blow the freak out of the insides of goats and on the rare times they go through they take the insides out with them :violin: :violin: :thumbsup:
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Re: Projectile for fallow 30 cal

Post by bigfellascott » 13 Dec 2018, 3:31 pm

tom604 wrote:
bigfellascott wrote:130gn Speer HP's.



this ^^^^^^^^ but be careful with shot placement ,, they blow the freak out of the insides of goats and on the rare times they go through they take the insides out with them :violin: :violin: :thumbsup:


Yeah not sure I'd bother hunting goats deliberately with a 30cal, if I did I'd try for a head/neck shot to conserve as much edible meat as possible. I use to shoot em with a 22 as a kid, worked well if the shot placement was good (head) if it wasn't it would take a few extras to sort em out. In the end I got a 222 and that sorted em out fine (with decent shot placement) and it wasn't too hard on em meat damage wise. :drinks:

I think the problem with a lot of people is they use cannons and the wrong projectile choice to kill things with. They all seem to think bigger/heavier is better when in reality it's more about good shot placement more so than big cal/heavy projectile etc, yes there are times when they can come in handy but most things can be shot with smaller cals etc if one knows how to shoot right I find. :drinks:
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Re: Projectile for fallow 30 cal

Post by tom604 » 13 Dec 2018, 4:26 pm

Totally agree but im not allowed to use my 223 (set calibers for critters) and the 308 is what i have,only take the legs :thumbsup:
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Post by Oldbloke » 13 Dec 2018, 5:16 pm

In reality 110gr should be plenty, it you rifle will shoot them OK.
Hunt safe, look after the bush & plug more pests. :thumbsup: Better to load on the mild side. :o The greatest invention in the history of man is beer. :drinks: "Often the written message doesn't convey all of the information"
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