6PPC for deer hunt

Discussion in '6PPC, 6-6.5x47, 6XC, 6 Rem, 243' started by PRR1957, Sep 7, 2017.

  1. PRR1957

    PRR1957

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    I have a Sako Vixen chambered in 6PPC USA with a 14" barrel. I have secured the a 100 ct. box of discontinued Hornady Traditional 6mm, 70 gr., Spire Point that I plan on using for the years up coming deer season for Michigan white tails. I don't have a chronograph, but I figure that it's getting between 2700-2800 fps.

    Has any of you folks used that bullet at those velocitys for large white tails ?
     
  2. JBT

    JBT Gold $$ Contributor

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    I've shot plenty of deer with a .223 using 50-80gr bullets...also have killed many with .22-250 using 55gr Vmax. I don't see any reason not to use your PPC. However, I'm sure you will get varying opinions on this.
     
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  3. PRR1957

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    I forgot to add that it's single shot pistol. I plan on keeping my shots under 150 yards. The reason for that Hornady bullet is that is the only bullet that is medium game rated, and the the barrel is a 1:14 and it will not stabilize bullets heavier than 70 gr.. I have taken deer with a T/C Contender chambered in 7MM T/CU, and Remington XP 100 chambered in 7MM Rem. BR both loaded with Nosler 140 gr. Ballistic Tip's. The late gun scribe Bob Milek used to use the 6MM/223 for deer.
     
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    Greyfox Gold $$ Contributor

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    It doesn't take much to let the air out of a whitetail deer. A 6PPC will easily do the job. Just one piece of advice, take neck shots or if you are taking does, head shots. If you choose heart lung/shoulder/behind the shoulder/etc expect to do some tracking and maybe maybe not find your deer. After 40+ neck shots with a .224 cal, I'll never again choose a shoulder. Just go where it was standing and look down.

    Rick
     
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  5. Ksmirk

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    I"ve loaded many 55gr Gamekings for folks who want to use their AR's and I have to say it's a wonderful combination! neck shots are the best as 98% only go about 3 feet..... straight to the ground. I would recommend a Sierra bullet but I don't think there is a Gameking bullet that light, I used to shoot a pistol but it was a 7WSM so boilermaker shots were not much of a concern with a 162gr. I think a neck shot would have been rather difficult in field conditions! have you tried any of the 87gr Berger hunting bullets? might be something to look into just not sure about the stability with a 14T. I have used the 70gr NBT on deer but these were Oklahoma deer so it doesn't take a lot if the bullet goes where it should.
     
  6. rcparker1

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    I had a coworker wanting to move to a bigger gun because the .243 with 100 grain bullets were not putting deer down quick enough. Talked him into trying 85 grain sgk bullets. Hasn't had a deer move from it's tracks since switch. Just my opinion but a lot of people use to heavy of a bullet for white tail. Both weight and construction of bullet
     
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  7. PRR1957

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    I have been a fan of medium weight bullets as per caliber ever since the first center fire rifle I owned. (Ruger M77, 6MM Rem.) The first time I shot a white tail with that gun was with 100 gr. Rem. factory fodder. Good high lung shot, but had to track it for 1/8 of a mile. The bullet was a clean pass through with not much lung damage. That following year a good friend's dad thought me how to reload my own ammo and told me to use a lighter 80-85 gr. bullet. (Speer to be exact.) From that point on every deer I shot at went down PDQ with that rifle.

    The funny thing to me is that before I found that old box of Hornady bullets at a LGS, I called Hornady to see if they could recommend a bullet in 65-70 gr. for deer with the 6PPC shot out of a 14" barreled pistol, and was told to try their 65 & 75 gr. V-Max but at muzzle velocity's of 1700-1800 fps. I just can't not bring myself to load down. Plus at those velocity's it would be artillery like trajectory's.
     
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    I shot a few culls with 55 grain Vmax from 22-250 and Swift. Chest its resulted in every deer except one either dropping right there, or at most hopping three hops and flop. The very first ran 40 yards full out and then did what I call the cottontail sombersault...just like a bunny hit with a load of 6's. Front stops, rear goes over top. Plop.
     
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    what twist rate is the barrel?
     
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    Three hops and a flop :cool:
     
  11. JEFFPPC

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    I agree with you Rcparker. I have shot quite a few deer with .223 and Game Kings or .243 with 75 Sierra HP . One third of the way up the deer and just behind the shoulder,lights out, fall in their tracks. I have had not good luck with 100 gr softpoints in .243, punch a little hole and the chase is on.
     
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  12. grovey

    grovey Silver $$ Contributor

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    I haven't tried it yet, but I have some of those old school 70's loaded up and ready to try too. My ppc has a 14 twist 24" sporter bbl, and in it 27.0 grs of H322 is the sweet spot . A friend shot a gobbler with this bullet in my old 243 and it passed thru with less damage than one would think. I have confidence with lung shots, but will stay away from the onside shoulder.
     

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