Here's How to Pick the Best Hunting Ammunition

Posted by Jerry 22/09/2016 0 Comment(s)



Did you know that there are almost 14 million recreational hunters in the United States? That's almost five percent of the total population.


When you're hunting, you can never be too prepared. Whether that means getting a good night's rest, bringing experienced hunters with you, making sure to pack a great hunting backpack, or reading up on hunting ammunition, it's always better to be over-prepared than underprepared.


Maybe you're an avid camper, fisherman, or outdoorsman, but want to get started in hunting. There are a lot of different things to consider when becoming a hunter, including location and type of game. Above that, you'll need to consider what kind of ammunition is best for your intended purpose.


If you're new to hunting, you may have some basic knowledge about guns and ammunition, but you'll probably want some more specifics so that you choose the perfect type of ammunition for the gun you're planning on using and the game you're planning to hunt.


There are so many choices now when it comes to ammunition, it's hard to know where to start. But that's okay! By the end of this article, we'll have you feeling like an ammo expert.


Hunting ammunition factors to consider


When choosing the right hunting ammunition for your firearm, there are multiple factors to consider. Manufacturers make a lot of different types of ammunition, so it's a good idea to weigh the pros and cons of each type.


Loads of ammunition vary in a few different ways: projectile type, projectile weight, and projectile velocity all play a role in your shooting performance, even among loads that are made for the same guns.


Typical applications


There are three typical applications for firearms: target and training practice, personal defense, and recreational hunting. Weight, caliber, expansion, and type all factor into choosing the right ammunition for your application.


When using a firearm for target or training practice, the goal is to minimize costs and reduce pain from recoil.


When using a firearm for personal defense, the primary goal is to transfer damage without over-penetration. If you are in a dangerous situation that requires the use of a gun, you want to make sure you can reliably hit your target without harming anyone or anything else.


When using a firearm for hunting, the goal is to take down the target quickly and humanely. These bullets, since they are being used on animals, need to be strong enough to penetrate their tougher skin and muscles.


Hunting Specifics


58 percent of gun-owners in the United States say they use their gun for recreational hunting. For this reason, knowing the correct type of ammunition to use can help you become a better hunter.


The most important thing to look for in a hunting bullet or cartridge is power. Having a powerful projectile is the best way to ensure a humane kill. If the bullet is not powerful enough, it will only penetrate the animal without killing it. Injuring an animal is not only bad for the


If the bullet is not powerful enough, it will only penetrate the animal without killing it. Injuring an animal is not only bad for the animal, it can also be very dangerous for the hunter. That's because animals can become aggressive when stressed or afraid


For rifles and handguns, the best type of hunting bullet is an expanding bullet, which is a cartridge with a hollow-point projectile. Expanding bullets work the best for hunting because they leave more damage by creating a larger wound. This type of bullet features a cavity in its tip that makes the projectile expand upon impact.


The most noticeable difference between the bullets used for personal defense and the bullets used for hunting is the weight. When shooting animals, the bullet needs to be able to pierce through bones, muscle tissue, and tough skin.


One thing to remember is that you never want to use a bullet with a Full Metal Jacket (FMJ) for hunting because they only create small wound channels. While these cartridges may be great for the shooting range, they definitely won't have any stopping power on large animals.


3 Simple steps to choose the right ammunition


1. Know Your Type Of Gun.

When hunting, you will either be using a shotgun or a rifle. Shotgun slugs are known to be very effective for ethically and effectively killing large game. Rifles are very powerful and are great for pursuing a wide array of animals. Shotguns and rifles use different ammunition, so make sure you know which one you're using before you go out to purchase bullets.

2. Know Your Target.

If you are planning on shooting smaller animals like birds, rabbits, or foxes, you may not need as heavy a bullet as you would if you were planning to shoot bigger animals. 

3. Know Yourself. 

If you have a hard time with recoil, you should think about using a specialty loading with reduced recoil. In the past few years, these have become particularly popular with women and younger hunters.


If you have no problem with recoil, however, and want a maximum performance load, you can now choose a "hypervelocity" load that leads to better penetration and increased energy.


Finally, lead-free bullets are now an option in the marketplace. If you're worried about lead fragments getting into the game you're going to eat, try a copper bullet as a safer alternative.  


Name brands versus store brands


If you like to save money, you may be planning on buying the cheapest type of hunting ammunition that still seems like it will be effective. While that may be a good shopping strategy for target practice, it's probably not the best idea when it comes to hunting.


It's usually worth it to buy premium grade ammunition. Even though it often has a large price tag, it pays off when you're out shooting. 


If you're ready to get out into the wilderness and start hunting, we hope this article gave you some insights into how to choose the right ammunition. So be safe, have fun, and get hunting! 


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