If you are a serious hunter, chances are good that you want to stack the odds as highly in your favor as possible. If you ever take your game at distances longer than 200 yards, you may want to use one of these 3 flattest shooting rifle cartridges to reduce bullet drop and improve your chances at bagging that big buck.

.25-06 Rem

The .25-06 Remington rifle cartridge used to be a rare wildcat. However, in 1969 Remington picked it up forcing it to become a standard cartridge that is nothing more than a necked down version of the .30-06.  This is one of the flattest shooting bullets available on the market, with a plethora of different size bullets available that range from 75 grains for small game, all the way up to 120 grains for deer.

6.5 CM

The 6.5 CM is a newcomer to the shooting world. However, with muzzle velocity approaching 3,000 fps, it gets to the designated target quickly, thus allowing less time for the bullet to drop. Most of the time, these rounds are hard to find and can only be purchased on the internet. They are usually found with 120 and 140 grain size bullets, and are quite sufficient for taking down medium size animals such as deer.

.300 RUM

For when you just need to reach out and touch something big, the .300 Remington Ultra Mag is an excellent choice for big bear and moose at long distances. Grain sizes start at 150 and go up to 200 grains. Muzzle velocity can be as high as 3,032 fps, depending upon the bullet size. By the time the projectile stretches out to 100 yards, the velocity has only dropped to 2,791 fps, which is still still faster than a .308 Winchester at the muzzle. Not too shabby.

Editor’s Note: Joshua Gillem is a guest contributor who currently serves as the editor for Gun Carrier.

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