Federal 180 Grain TSX 338 Win Mag

Vince2

Beginner
Jan 21, 2022
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Looking at maybe using this on northern whitetail.

Anyone have experience with this bullet? I’m thinking shoulder shots to break them down and put them down quickly. What do y’all think?

Thank you in advance and I look forward to reading your replies.

Vince
 

DrMike

Ballistician
Nov 8, 2006
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Oh, yeah, a 180 grain pill launched from a 338 WM might just do the trick for bringing down a northern whitetail. Then, again, they are mighty tough critters!
 

nhenry

Beginner
Feb 7, 2022
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I think you maybe will have enough gun, but TSX are a tough bullet that don't always expand the best on thin skinned game like whitetail. It'll sometimes pencil its way through.

I'd consider something a little less tough, but that's just my $0.02.
 

JD338

Range Officer
Staff member
Nov 4, 2004
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Vince,
I don't have any experience with the TSX but I can tell you that the 250 gr AB from my 338 RUM has never disappointed. I've always had ample expansion, even through the slats both near and far.
Hope this helps.

JD338
 

RL338

Handloader
Mar 23, 2017
650
491
I have had great results with the TTSX bullets in multiple calibers on whitetail. The only TSX bullets I have loaded now are the 500gr. , but no deer has stepped out and tried one. Make sure the tip is open and you should be fine.
 

CEG17

Handloader
May 12, 2022
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I loaded some 160 grain TTSX bullets for my .338 Win Mag but have not had an opportunity to shoot them. I think the key to bullet expansion with TTSX and TSX bullets is high impact velocity. I would imagine the 180's would do a great job on whitetail.
 

noslerpartition

Handloader
May 26, 2018
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What speed do you get with them?
I used the 168 TTSX in a 30-06 way back on our small roe deer.
Looking back I should have taken the 150 gr variant.
But still, they usually went down quickly and expanded. You white tails are way bigger and I don't expect them to pencil through on reasonable distances.
 

noslerpartition

Handloader
May 26, 2018
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Within reasonable distances, the TTSX will open without having to hit the shoulder.
At closer distances,you might loose a petal or two, if you hit hard bone with that speed. These might take a strange path and ruin a bit more meat.
 

Vince2

Beginner
Jan 21, 2022
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I keep bidding on ammo and getting outbid. 😡

Might be God’s way of telling me something.
 
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