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post #1 of 20 (permalink) Old 10-07-2010, 05:48 AM Thread Starter
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Grain of bullet for 30-06 suggestion

I finally got my 30-06 back this week, and my question is what grain bullet should i use w/ this gun. My 7mm-08 im shooting winchester 140 grain ballistic silvertip. My .308 im shooting 180 grain core loct. Now what grain would be good for the 30-06, Im debating between 180 and 220. This gun is going to be mostly heavy cover and brush hunting gun when im up at camp hunting in the blowdowns.
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post #2 of 20 (permalink) Old 10-07-2010, 11:30 AM
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My first choise is always the 150 gr, second might be 165 gr. I would reserve those heavy weights for moose, elk. Between the 150 and 165 see which one your rifle likes the best.
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I agree with huntingman...

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thanks guys i was just curious what everyone thought because i have a few boxes of each
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When hunting deer with .30 calibers I tend to stick with 150gr...30-06, .303, 7.62x54r..ect. The 150gr has never failed me.
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When hunting deer with .30 calibers I tend to stick with 150gr...30-06, .303, 7.62x54r..ect. The 150gr has never failed me.
i second that!! 150's are an ideal choice!!

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I like the 165 or 168 grn in a boattail spitzer
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30-06 bullet weights for Deer

I agree with the others in that I like the 165gr. I think that the 150gr is a little light for the 1 in 10 twist rate that the 30-06 uses. It will stabilize the 150s but it isn't optimum. I also like shooting normal pressure reloads, my 165 gr Nosler ballistic tips are loaded toward the lower end of the range that the manual says I can load them. I personally don't agree with the idea that a heavier bullet will punch through brush. I use 180 gr bullets in the 30-06, but I save these for Elk not Deer.

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I dont think you would need more then a 165 grain for deer. My dad uses 150's and has never had an issue, but if your gun likes the 165's i would shoot them. Best of luck.
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post #10 of 20 (permalink) Old 10-15-2010, 05:51 AM
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Karl, I agree with you on the old term brush beater. There's no such thing! However, on the grain bullet issue, I've had great results over the years using the 150 from various companies, with great accuracy! I guess if I was shooting long range out west a lot I'd look at the 165 boatails for better down range accuracy? For deer size game at ranges out to 250 yds, I don't see how the 150 gr can be bettered, especially with all the factory custom loads out today. Complete mushrooms, weight retains up to 90% or more now, sound pretty good to me! Not downing the 165 gr just don't see a need for it for most deer hunters shooting close range? I may start reloading especially now that I got that 250-3000 sav. Ammo has been less available that what I thought it would be. I see where a person can purchase a complete set-up in a neat package, any thoughts on these?
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