Hunting & Fishing 338 Spectre for deer

Ratbert

Gunny Sergeant
Full Member
Minuteman
Jul 18, 2007
2,343
1
45
Concord, NC
I'd like to use my 338 Spectre for one or more of my deer tags this year but am a little concerned about what sort of terminal ballistics I can expect with various bullets at such low speeds. Can anyone give me some first hand or expert advice on the effectiveness of a 338 pill on deer somewhere in the 1200-1400fps velocity range? I was thinking of using perhaps a Hornady 225gr SST or something. That should still give me 750-1000ft/lbs of energy.
 

Ratbert

Gunny Sergeant
Full Member
Minuteman
Jul 18, 2007
2,343
1
45
Concord, NC
Re: 338 Spectre for deer

This would be velocity @ impact, not muzzle. The shots will be 200yds or less.
 

Kinsman

Slacker
Full Member
Minuteman
Feb 21, 2006
137
18
80
Dallas, Georgia
Re: 338 Spectre for deer

I would choose a higher velocity bullet designed to expand at lower velocities. The 180-200 gr range should do this. If you have 1000 ft lb at 200 yd, it is quite adequate for deer..
Of course, shot placement matters, but at 200 yds, you don't have to have a .5 moa.