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How do I determine the bullet choice and range for hunting particular game?

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We offer a general guideline for the amount of energy at the point of impact recommended to bring down particular game.

For deer, antelope, sheep and goat size game we recommend 900 ft lbs minimum, 1200 ft lbs is adequate and 1500 ft lbs is preferred.

For elk or bear up to 600 lbs: 1500 ft lbs minimum, 2000 ft lbs is adequate and 2500 ft lbs is preferred.

For large bear and moose: 2100 ft lbs minimum, 2800 ft lbs is adequate and 3500 ft lbs preferred.

(One foot pound is the amount of force required to lift one pound one foot from the ground.)

You can view ballistics for all of our current loads in the ballistic chart section of our online catalog at  These charts will help you to determine the range you will have for hunting specific game and the advantages that one load offers compared to another.

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