Hunting Bullet Guide

All reloading and ballistics information are written for our specific firearms and specifications. This information will not necessarily apply to your equipment. As always, you should closely follow the specific manufacturers guidelines for your specific firearms.

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Cartridges for Texas Game

Game Short Action Rifle Long Action Rifle Short Actio Magnum Rifle Long Action Magnum Rifle Brush Country Handgun (Revolver) Handgun (Single-Shot)
White-tailed Deer or Similar Game 260 Remington 25-06 Remington 270 WSM 264 Win Mag 30-30 Winchester 41 Rem Mag 260 Remington
Including Wild Hogs up to 250 lbs 7mm-08 Remington 270 Winchester 7mm WSM 7mm Rem Mag 35 Remington 44 Rem Mag 7mm-08 Remington
308 Winchester 280 Remington 7mm Rem SUM 7mm Weatherby Mag 375 Winchester 45 Colt * 30-30 Winchester
30-06 Springfield 300 WSM 7mm STW 41 Rem Mag 454 Casull 308 Winchester
300 Rem SUM 7mm Rem Ultra-Mag 44 Rem Mag 480 Ruger 270 Winchester
350 Rem Mag 300 Win Mag 444 Marlin 280 Remington
300 Weatherby Mag 45 Colt* 30-06 Springfield
300 Rem Ultra-Mag 45-70 Government 35 Remington
450 Marlin 375 Winchester
350 Rem Mag 444 Marlin
45-70 Government
450 Marlin
Wild Hogs over 250 lbs and 308 Winchester 270 Winchester 270 WSM 264 Win Mag 35 Remington 41 Rem Mag 308 Winchester
Other similar heavy game 280 Remington 7mm WSM 7mm Rem Mag 375 Winchester 44 Rem Mag 270 Winchester
30-06 Springfield 7mm Rem SUM 7mm Weatherby Mag 41 Rem Mag 45 Colt * 280 Remington
300 WSM 7mm STW 44 Rem Mag 454 Casull 30-06 Springfield
300 Rem SUM 7mm Rem Ultra-Mag 444 Marlin 480 Ruger 35 Remington
350 Rem Mag 300 Win Mag 45 Colt* 375 Winchester
300 Weatherby Mag 45-70 Government 444 Marlin
300 Rem Ultra-Mag 450 Marlin 45-70 Government
350 Rem Mag 450 Marlin
Varmints and Predators 22 Long Rifle 22 Long Rifle 22 Long Rifle
Small Varmints 17 HMR 17 HMR 17 HMR
(Rabbits, Skunks, ect.) 22 WRM 22 WRM 22 WRM
Medium Predators 17 Remington 357 Mag** 17 Remington
(Fox) 22 Hornet 41 Mag 22 Hornet
  221 Fireball 44 Rem Mag 221 Fireball
  222 Remington 45 Colt * 222 Remington
Larger Predators 17 Remington 25-05 Remington 223 WSSM 357 Mag** 17 Remington
(Coyote) 22 Hornet 243 WSSM 41 Mag 22 Hornet
221 Fireball 44 Rem Mag 221 Fireball
222 Remington 45 Colt * 222 Remington
223 Remington 223 Remington
22-250 Remington 22-250 Remington
220 Swift
243 Winchester

The cartridges shown in BOLD are the ones I have first hand experience with and highly recommend in that category. In order to keep the list at a manageable size I only included factory offered rounds. There are numerous wildcats available and it’s unrealistic to try and include that information in this list.

bullet 45 Colt* – Factory ammunition is not suitable as a serious hunting round. The 45 Colt requires the use of heavy loads and these loads must be fired in a strong gun like a Ruger Revolver, Freedom Arms Revolver or a T/C Single Shot.

bullet 357 Magnum** – I do not recommend the 357 Magnum as a deer or heavy game cartridge. Although deer a taken with this round each year, it lacks frontal diameter and bullet weight to be a reliable performer on large game animals.