30-06 bullet weights

PKL

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What are you guys using in your 30-06 1:10? I'm thinking of reloading 165g Nosler Partitions, for Sika and Reds. Just working my way through some boxes of Fed 150g SP's for zeroing purposes that will serve as reloading brass + varget + CCI BR LR primers.

Anyone using lighter/heavier bullets and can discuss merits of why/why not?

Just trying to get an idea of what is most popular for these species in the aught six.

oh, anyone have any comments on why varget might not be appropriate and if much better is available for this combination..

cheers,

PKL
 

sikadog

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I shoot everything with 150 grain through my 06 it has shot 125grain to 220 grain it doesnt matter dead is dead,
Fox to 25 stone red stag with 150s all fell over,
The only thing that walked was a sika red hybrid but we had watched him for 20 minutes chasing roe arround a field so he well wound up,
 
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danpd

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Varget ok for up to 150gr, but not really optimal as its a bit fast. i would try n160 with a 165gr partition or ballistic tip. You dont really want to end up with a 30-06 giving you 308 velocities but burning more powder.
 

Brithunter

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As the 30-06 s just a normal cartridge I would use something like the Speer 165 grain bullet powder is your choice as well.
 

swarovski

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ive loaded some 165gr interbonds and they liked 50grs of varget,had 3 holes touching at 100yds,think they were 20 fow off the lands
 

Hunterjohnb

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my06 has a 26"W.L. barrel fitted. Have tried Varget with 165s.poor result. H4350, 58 gr with 165sp touching holes 100mtrs. H414 ,56.2gr with 165sst's same result. N165 ,58.3gr with 165 Sierra hpbt same result. hope this is helpful to to you.
 

glogin

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I prefer heavier bullets in 30-06. Usually 180-220gr. But 180gr SP can still be quite damaging on roe, but maybe Partitions would be good.
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Muir

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The 165's are a good bullet for deer. I've been using some PPU 165 grain BTSP's over RL-17 lately in the 30-06. You definitely don't want to hit muscle or bone with these if you are a meat hunter. Lung shots were devastating, resulting in the deer basically collapsing on the spot. As Brit suggested, and I agree completely, "bonded" bullets aren't necessary for deer sized game in the 30-06.~Muir
 

swarovski

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fanx hunter i will give that a go,only tested them on varget coz i had some varget,have used h4350 in the past,good powder,atb swarovski
 

stag1933

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The last .30/06 I had was a Sako TRGS which I gave to a farmer friend for assisting me with his muscles, Rover and quad bike over the years.
He spoke to me tonight and told me that he had shot 3 Red hinds, a calf and 4 foxes in the last week or so and was getting down on bullet stock.
He is coming in tomorrow for me to load him another batch.
Currently we are using Weatherby brass, 51.5 grains of Varget powder, Remington standard 9 1/2 primer with the Speer 150gr SPBT bullet Ref.No. 2022.
This is a half-incher at 100yds and I myself have shot hundreds of head with it.
very accurate with acceptable meat damage for the dealers who are tight sods to deal with.

HWH.
 

stag1933

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Eric came today and I loaded him 46 bullets which finished off the remainder of that tub of Varget.
We will have to check the zero when we use the new tub as I have found that different batches can be variable.

He had shot another Fox at 2am this morning !
He is a nasty rascal !

HWH.
 

belowaverageiq

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Getting excellent results with 57.5grn of H414 under 175grn Berger vld hunting., running at 2750fps, near as makes no difference to one hole groups at 100, clover leafs at 200.
20 inch 1:11 barrel.
Getting very good knockdown results as you would expect but with acceptable meat damage.
I think with your 1:10 twist you would be better off looking at 175grn upwards running at speeds of say 2650-2750.
 
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captdavid

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I load 165s in my 30-06. It's a great all-round bullet for deer and feral hogs. If I only hunted deer, I'd probably go with 150s as they shoot a little flatter.
 

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