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Mainah2010 11-01-2013 07:58 AM

30-06 rounds
I have been shooting 165 grain bullets out of my 742 30-06 but I think this year I am going to try the 150 grain because of speed and trajectory. Any thoughts?

turner 11-01-2013 02:02 PM

Nothing wrong with trying something new. That said, I'm not sure there's enough difference between a 150 and a 165gr out of an '06 to make all that much difference on deer. A like bullet (meaning the same kind) in 165gr would actually more than likely overcome any velocity advantage the 150gr had at the muzzle at longer ranges due to it's better B.C.

Either weight bullet will work very well for deer in an '06 and I'd likely choose the one that showed better accuracy as a good reason to use it, if the gun showed a preference one way or another. Good Luck!

Karl.Luhr 11-04-2013 04:44 PM

I would stay with 165gr if I were you...
I really like Nosler balistic tip bullets, they are a boat tail lead core bullet without a partition. This bullet was developed with Deer hunting in mind. The bullets open up real nice and I have never had an issue at 30-06 velocities. The Midway site did have some users compain about bullets coming apart. Those users were shooting them out of magnums and an extra 200-300fps make a difference. If you read there comments the 150gr is flagged as sometimes coming apart at a close range shoulder hit and the 165gr is considered a tougher bullet. I don't think that there is anything to be gained by going down in weight to the 150gr.


Scorpion8 11-05-2013 10:35 PM

There are quality bullets in .308-caliber in both weights. With a well-placed shot, the deer won't care.

tator 11-07-2013 09:37 PM

I shoot the 150 grain for 30-06- always have and always will. Great choice if you ask me.

tator 11-07-2013 09:38 PM

Now that I read your post again, I also shoot the 742. Great gun, great bullet, killed many deer with this setup

Buckinator 01-22-2014 08:39 AM

I have tried the 150, 165, & 180 grain in my 30-06 and i find the 165 to be the most accurate out of my gun. I shoot a Rem 700 ADL and can get 1/4" center to center at 100 yards. But like the others have said, the deer wont care lol they'll all put them down.

Hunterdad 01-25-2014 08:51 PM

30-06 rounds
In the 308 cal. 165-168 is heavily favored due to accuracy, b.c. (ballistic coefficient) and downrange energy. For hunting either would be fine but if you are already shooting 165 and it works why change.

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