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This past week I learned a lesson about picking 1 bullet for hunting. I went down to north carolina for some deer hunting. I was planning on using my 308, I had 125mkz and 168mkz loading up. The plan was to try the 125mkz for smaller fields and use the 168mkz for the longer shots. I hit the range the week before and both loads were shooting bulls at a 100 yards. First day I'm sitting in a field with 250 yard shots so I decided to use the 125mkz. A big 8 point comes out at 250, my ballistics chart says I have 5.5 inches of drop. I shoot and watch the bullet impact the dirt low and behind him. Of course he takes of and I think what the he'll just happened. So I get back to the house and set up a target, the 168mkz still hits dead center but the 125mkz was 2.5 inches low. 2.5 inches at 100 would be over 6 inches at 250 yards so thats why I missed. If I had just stuck with the 168mkz I would have had myself a nice buck. Anyway the following day I'm in the same field, I have a 5 point come out at a 100 yards. I shoot him quartering away and he drops in his tracks. A few minutes later a doe comes out at 250 in the same spot as that buck the day before. I dialed the scope this time and dropped her drt. The damage from the 168mkz was incredible. I hit the doe a little back but it still took back if her lungs and destroyed the liver. She had a fist size exit with her intestines hanging out. The buck was hit about mid ribcage and exited out the far side shoulder. The exit was only about an inch wide, but the internal damage was devastating. The lungs had a fist size hole through them . I was pretty surprised that both these deer were drt without hitting the spine or doing a hight shoulder shot.