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Thread: Copper/Alloy Bullets, Anyone reloading these for .30-06

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    Copper/Alloy Bullets, Anyone reloading these for .30-06

    Hi,

    Our Forestry Commission lease dictates that we will have to move over to copper/alloy bullets come 2014. I have sourced some 165 grain Hornady GMX heads and wondered if anyone already had pet loads for the .30-06. I've a variety of powders, H4831sc, H4350, Varget, Viht 140 and Viht 160 at hand.

    Regards

    Bk

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    BK

    Reloaded in 308 & 30-06. Despite Hornady blurb, found I needed to back charge weight off a smidge. Had great results in 30-06 with IMR 4064 in general. Think I have some in my own stock if you want to try - I can drop it off with the large gift order your missus is about to put in

    Its been covered a bit elsewhere, but we ( and re-iterate a Hornady fan ) had indifferent performance with them. Others do report the opposite. In general with copper the trend seems to be to go a bit lighter and keep the velocity up.
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    I haven't personally used GMX bullets but have seen quite a few deer shot with them and I would say they definitely do not expand like Barnes bullets. That was in 308 though so may work slightly better for you as its in 30.06.

    I would try drop down to 150grain if you can source any, they would probably work quite well at the velocity you would be getting.

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    Been using the Barnes in 30 . 06 150 grain good bullets with good results
    regards pete

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    got my first triple on sunday, 3 shots 3 deer, barnes 150 grain tsx in .308 calibre. fantastic knockdown power using 48.5 grains of blc-2

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    Hi Blitzking,
    Do you know if all FC leases have to change over to copper/alloy in 2014?
    Willie

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    I use barnes in 308 and 300 win mag. It is very good but you have to do a bit of load development to make it right for you. I could not make it work so well in 6.5.

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    Does your FC lease permit home loads or are you restricted to factory only?

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    Quote Originally Posted by srvet View Post
    Does your FC lease permit home loads or are you restricted to factory only?
    Good point, at one time the F.C. did not like copper alloy due to higher ricochet possibilities, or home loads. Barnes are a great bullet, I have used them solely for my last three times in Africa in my 270, as said, you can go down a bullet weight to achieve the same knock down level, or merely use a 130gn to achieve 150gn results, as i do in my 270 win. I love them, load them fast and you can eat right up to the bullet hole, yet they really knock game down hard. deerwarden

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    Quote Originally Posted by srvet View Post
    Does your FC lease permit home loads or are you restricted to factory only?
    Interested to hear the answer to this too.

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