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Alright guys, I need some clarification on this concept that certain bullets shoot better from certain rifles. First, does anybody know the “why” of that? Secondly, I recently purchased a Weatherby/Howa .30-06, considering there are over a dozen different manufactures of ammo, not counting the number of different rounds they manufacture, at $20 to $40 per box this could prove to be an expensive experiment. Has anyone out there had experience with a Weatherby/Howa .30-06 and what rounds tend to shoot best with this rifle?
 

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Alright guys, I need some clarification on this concept that certain bullets shoot better from certain rifles. First, does anybody know the “why” of that? Secondly, I recently purchased a Weatherby/Howa .30-06, considering there are over a dozen different manufactures of ammo, not counting the number of different rounds they manufacture, at $20 to $40 per box this could prove to be an expensive experiment. Has anyone out there had experience with a Weatherby/Howa .30-06 and what rounds tend to shoot best with this rifle?
The why is usually due to the quality of materials being used in manufacturing the ammo, like the powder brand/type, the bullet brand/type, the brass casing brand/type,
the primers, Each plays a role in the final performance of the cartridge. I hope that helps give you a little better understanding of the why.

The cartridge you choose is going to be based on how well you and your weapon can shoot each ammo you try.
I don't own that particular rifle but I would give Hornady Superformance a try I've heard that Weatherby rifles will shoot Hornady ammo very well.
Good Luck.
 

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Range time is never a bad thing. The way i look at it is, are you gonna be happy with 2" - 3" inch groups at 100 yds? if so , any ammo will do. Do you want to be confident in you and your rifles ability to make a tough shot if need be? Then try shooting some different brands and bullet weights to find out what your rifle shoots the best.

I don't reload, but with most of my hunting rifles , i have tried many different brands and weights to see what shoots best. Even with factory ammo, i want to shoot the best , most accurate group i can. It can happen.

There is a load out there, when combined with your barrel length, twist rate, and head spacing, that will shoot better then most people can shoot. What i mean by that, is most rifles shoot better than the person shooting them. lol.
 

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I would recommend 165gr Remington Core-locts

When I first got my rifle it was a 30-06 and I had great luck using regular green box Remingtons. The 165 gr is the perfect balance point for this cartridge. Remingtons are usually the lower price ammo and that gives you more practice for the buck. Double check that the mounts and rings are nice and tight prior to taking it to the range.

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Remove the bolt and bore sight it

Save some ammo and make sure to bore sight your rifle at 25 yards at the range prior to shooting it. I always pull the bolt out and just adjust the scope to center the crosshairs on the bullseye with the bullseye also centered in the bore.

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Bore righting will save you alot of time and money. I personally don't understand the cocept of different bullets shooting better or worse. I use a 150 grain silvertip super x Winchester. Thy group well out of my rifle and they Airnt very expensive which help about alot! :)
 

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All rifles have tolerances when they are built..

All rifles are not created equal, they each have there own soul in a way. I have seen two rifles from the same company in the same caliber prefer one factory load over one the other likes. I think it might be the minor variations in the build process. As milling machines wear tolerances change and that changes what they will like on not like. One might have a tighter chamber still within build specs while the other is on the looser side. This variance is even greater when you compare two different Company rifles. It is a Chevy/Ford thing. The company that makes rifle A tunes their rifle for say Federal Premium Ammo, where another may say set up for Hornady. It is great that you are getting quality performance out of your choice of Win factory, you might get better or worse from another Company's ammo. I reload and have a load that performs great, I don't fell there is a reason to try to IMPROVE it so I don't.

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That actually really helps. I understand better now. Thank you for your help. I'm within an inch at a 100 and I will only be deer hunting so that is definitely a tight enough group for my needs.
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whats the length of your barrel and whats the twist rate? with that rifle you should be shooting tightier groups than that easy. Ill see what I can come up with after you post the info
 

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I have a Weatherby Vanguard in 308 that will shoot a clover leaf pattern @100 yards using Federal Premium 165 gr Sierra boat tails. My 16 y/o daughter uses the rifle and shoots inside an inch. If I try to use another brand with the same gr weight I don't shoot as tight. However my Winchester model 70 in 270 will group an inch with any 130 gr regardless of what brand??
 

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1 inch groups at 100 yards are fine with me....

I think sometimes we forget just how big the kill zone is on the Whitetails we love to hunt. Hitting a paper plate with every shot is a dead Deer. I really like it when the rounds from the bench are touching at 100 yards but that level of accuracy isn't required for hunting. It does do wonders for a persons confidence in his/her rifle shooting. For those that have access to hunting areas where a 300 yard shot is likely then that is a different story altogether. Those shooters need a higher level of accuracy because they are shooting over 3 times farther than the rest of us. It sure is fun putting bullets through the same hole at 50 yards. When they are really close at 100 yards it is fun picking on your buddy who has a larger group. I always give them an out and say they must have more wind blowing infront of their bench, afterall it is 3 feet away from mine.

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Thanks for the video it was neat...

That was a nice video. I also watched another one on zeroing a scope that was embarrassing. He shot a group at 100 yards that was 3 inches high and 1/2 inch left. He was going to give it two clicks right for the windage but then was going to crank the elevation adjustment until his crosshairs were centering in the bull. This assumed the rifle was not going to move while he made these adjustments. I don't understand why the shooter who trusted the windage adjustment clicks didn't just turn the elevation 12 clicks down. Maybe I am missing something, either way the shooter is going to have to shoot another group to verify the adjustments.

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When I first got my rifle it was a 30-06 and I had great luck using regular green box Remingtons. The 165 gr is the perfect balance point for this cartridge. Remingtons are usually the lower price ammo and that gives you more practice for the buck. Double check that the mounts and rings are nice and tight prior to taking it to the range.

Karl
I've shot the 150's and the 180's, but not the 165's, I'll pick some up and try them. And yes, I'm diligent about checking the mounts before shooting. Thx.
 

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About all I can say about rifles and bullets is that you have to learn what bullets your rifle likes and not what you like. Sometimes the two are the same. You're going to have to spend some time and $$ figuring out what your rifle likes to shoot. (And I guess that means spending some time at the range . . . and that's never a bad thing.)

RR
 
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