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    Lapua Mega .308 bullets

    I have been invited to shoot abroad and the quarry list includes Moose and Wild Boar. My "heaviest" calibre rifle is chambered in .30-06. I have used 180 grain Nosler partitions in the past and they were certainly very good but I am finding supplies difficult to come by and very expensive but I can get the Lapuas easily and for about £40 a hundred

    Now, I realise the Megas are conventional soft point bullets, with a mechanically "locked" core which is not actually a "bonded" core as Lapua say, but: Does anyone here use the Lapua Mega 185 grain bullet, from the .30-06 case, on the above animals? and would you recommend them as a good alternative to partitions?

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    I was on a elk(moose) hunt last week, I skinned several elk and all bullets where recovered,all but one where well expanded ,the least impressive was a Lapua mega 150gr out of a .308 ,I recoverd the jacket, but no lead although it was easy to see the widespread bruising ,the shot was non fatal even though it had broken a rib and entered the thorasic cavity.

    Federal Powershock .308 150 grainers have worked well for me on both pigs and elk..


    Where can buy Lapuas for £40 100???? good accurate round..

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    Quote Originally Posted by nell View Post
    I was on a elk(moose) hunt last week, I skinned several elk and all bullets where recovered,all but one where well expanded ,the least impressive was a Lapua mega 150gr out of a .308 ,I recoverd the jacket, but no lead although it was easy to see the widespread bruising ,the shot was non fatal even though it had broken a rib and entered the thorasic cavity.

    Federal Powershock .308 150 grainers have worked well for me on both pigs and elk..


    Where can buy Lapuas for £40 100???? good accurate round..
    You seem to say they are good, in the end, but you also fault the 150 grainer for shedding its jacket after failing to kill. ??? I'm confused, do you think they are actually good or just jacket shedding wounders?

    The price is mail order, delivered and bullets only (all taxes paid)

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    I use them in 300wm
    very high quality bullet IMO

    not overly concerned about shedding or full pass through
    some of the best shots I have had involved recovered bullets that weighed 40-50% retained weight


    i have moved on to more readily available bullets but wouldn't hesitat to use them again if I could secure a cheap source

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    The 185gr Lapua Mega's are great bullets. Used them in both 308 and 300wm both to great effect.

    didnt have any issue with pass through, they all exited on everything I shot from Roe, Sika and Red.

    as above would use them if they were readily available and the correct price.

    They get the From me. They are probably as close as your going to get to Nosler Partition in hunting bullets.

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    I would imagine that they will perform just fine at 30-06 velocities. I belive Jonher from this site uses this combination. Even regular cup and core bullets can perform well as long as a heavy for calibre bullets are driven at moderate velocities.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gubrath View Post
    You seem to say they are good, in the end, but you also fault the 150 grainer for shedding its jacket after failing to kill. ??? I'm confused, do you think they are actually good or just jacket shedding wounders?

    The price is mail order, delivered and bullets only (all taxes paid)
    Sorry for the confusion caused, but it was you that asked and I only tell it as I saw it, I know the round to be accurate but was unimpressed by its performance on a large animal that im sure would have had a different outcome with the same bullet placement, but different projectile of the same weight and speed

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    I used the 150s in .308 and found them to be incredibly accurate but after a number of very noticeable ricochets, I stopped using them. I even had one pass through a roe, only to ricochet up the glen. I friend of mine tried them in a factory load and had very similar problems. I'm afraid I couldn't recommend them.

    atb

    Mac

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    If possible I'd like to have the opinion of anyone who has actually used the 185 grain Mega from a .30-06 on Älg or Vildsvin, please?

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    I've used 150gr in 308 and nothing has jumped up and complained
    Below is a link to my website.
    Quad sticks

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