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Old 11-26-2017, 03:05 PM   #1
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Question Favorite .30-06 Round?

My scope was recently bumped so my rifle is off and I figured now would be a good time to switch ammo. I've been using core lokt since I was a kid but lately I haven't been impressed with knockdown power. I've killed 3 deer and a coyote, all good shots, and none have dropped. Blood trails aren't that great either.

What's your suggestion?
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Old 11-26-2017, 03:21 PM   #2
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Federal Premium - 150 grain sierra gameking boat-tail soft point.

Had a similar issue with corelokt's (they changed somehow and I can't make them shoot accurately).

I have only shot 3-4 pigs/deer with the Federal's but all had pass through, decent but not overly large exit wound, and all fell with 30 yards of where they were shot.

Seem pretty accurate on paper for me - limited field results for me but so far I'm satisfied.
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Old 11-26-2017, 03:27 PM   #3
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Barnes Vortx ttsx 168g

It’s a Hammer and extremely accurate in my Remington!

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Old 11-26-2017, 03:35 PM   #4
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Extremely accurate, extremely deadly. https://www.midwayusa.com/product/29...on-polymer-tip
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Old 11-26-2017, 03:38 PM   #5
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Winchester Ballistic Tips 150 grain are devastating to a deer.
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Old 11-26-2017, 03:41 PM   #6
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Barnes TTSX, or Siroccos
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Old 11-26-2017, 04:07 PM   #7
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Learn how to reload.
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Old 11-26-2017, 04:10 PM   #8
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If you liked the Remington’s, you may try a Winchester Power Point. They are a very similar bullet and both shoot well from My BAR 30-06’s
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Old 11-26-2017, 04:12 PM   #9
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1st choice would be a 150gr Nosler Partition
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Old 11-26-2017, 05:00 PM   #10
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180grn Nosler Partition
it just nocks them down
the 173grn LakeCity Ball is my plinkin ammo
same ammo Hathcock used in Nam
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Old 11-26-2017, 05:10 PM   #11
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Learn how to reload.
YES!
I pull the handle
why i shoot 180grn Nosler Partitions
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Old 11-26-2017, 05:43 PM   #12
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Winchester Power Point or Federal Fusion. Why?? Because you're hunting 150 lb whitetail, not 600 lb elk, and you want something that you can find cheap/easily at any Walmart/Academy/hardware store in the state. Any old cup/core bullet ought to work. Not trying to be a smartazz in any way, just see no reason to get fancy/strange when simply hunting deer with a rifle that has more than enough kinetic energy to do the job with just about any 150, 165, or 180 grain bullet.

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Old 11-26-2017, 06:17 PM   #13
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Old 11-26-2017, 06:24 PM   #14
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Remington green box ammo proved to me over 40 years ago it was mostly junk, occasionally a box would slip through or even a lot that was ok, but overall it has been poor in consistency ,, chronographing it over that last 36 years proved to me the lack of quality control while they were loading it...
the Winchester ballistic Silvertip 150 gr bullet is amazing,, i worked up a load more than 20 years ago that pushed a 150 ballistic tip at 3050 fps, in the 40+ deer i shot with that load not one ever took a single step, the great majority of those were double lung with a few high neck shots ... the 150 ballistic tip is the best deer killing bullet i have ever seen, period!
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Old 11-26-2017, 06:31 PM   #15
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Thanks for the tips, guys.
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Old 11-26-2017, 06:54 PM   #16
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I use 180 grain Nosler Partitions. They have worked well on elk, deer, antelope, and hogs
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Old 11-26-2017, 06:59 PM   #17
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I have been trying out different rounds on my new 30-06. Shot a hog at 50 yards with the Browning BXR. I could not believe the size of the exit wound. He stopped in his tracks with a bad gut shot.

Lots of people seem to like Hornady, but my rifle has been shooting tighter groups with the Browning rounds.. They can be pricey, but it's not a gun I intend to shoot 100's of rounds through..
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Old 11-26-2017, 07:14 PM   #18
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My 30-06 didn't like the core lokts for some reason although they have been a great bullet for me in other calibers. I tried the Winchester Ballistic Silvertip and haven't looked back. They shoot great out of my rifle and most of the deer have dropped or been dead within 20 yards of impact. 150 grain is what I use.
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Old 11-26-2017, 07:19 PM   #19
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Winchester Power Point or Federal Fusion. Why?? Because you're hunting 150 lb whitetail, not 600 lb elk, and you want something that you can find cheap/easily at any Walmart/Academy/hardware store in the state. Any old cup/core bullet ought to work. Not trying to be a smartazz in any way, just see no reason to get fancy/strange when simply hunting deer with a rifle that has more than enough kinetic energy to do the job with just about any 150, 165, or 180 grain bullet.
If you don't want to reload this is good advise.
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Old 11-26-2017, 07:32 PM   #20
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I use a 150 gr. Corelkt for whitetail, and 180 gr. Corelkt for muleies, elk etc.
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Old 11-26-2017, 07:44 PM   #21
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They quit making the best I have ever shot. Federal Trophy Bonded Bear Claws in 165gr.
Now I shoot the Federal Trophy Bonded Tip rounds in 165gr.
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Old 11-26-2017, 07:46 PM   #22
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My rifle likes 150 grain fusions.
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Old 11-26-2017, 08:35 PM   #23
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https://www.midwayusa.com/product/10...-tip-box-of-20

Mine likes these
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Old 11-26-2017, 08:42 PM   #24
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Barnes 168 gr TSX over a max load of RL19. I'm about out though and will switch to the 150 TTSX when I load the next batch.

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Old 11-26-2017, 08:45 PM   #25
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For deer i have great success with 150grain cor-lokt. Shoulder and they never make it more than 15 yards... only drawback to cor-lokts is long range accuracy. The lead tips tend to deform in 30-06 due to recoil in some rifles. My lightweight tikka is real rough on lead tips.
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Old 11-27-2017, 04:20 AM   #26
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My Savage likes the Sierra game king 165 gr. boattail. Whether reloads or Federal Premiums.
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Old 11-27-2017, 04:23 AM   #27
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Ditto. My .30-06 shot the 165 and 168 grn. Sierras better than anything else.
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Old 11-27-2017, 04:24 AM   #28
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My Savage likes the Sierra game king 165 gr. boattail. Whether reloads or Federal Premiums.

yep! best accuracy for my Ruger as well.
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Old 11-27-2017, 09:27 AM   #29
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Scirroco would be my pick. What I shoot in everything but my predator rifle now


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Old 11-27-2017, 05:17 PM   #30
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Shoot them through the shoulder.
A good portion of the meat that is bloodshot can be restored by keeping it in ice for a couple days. It will be good enough for sausage or jerky at the very least.
The blood will leach out of the meat.
I've shoulder shot does it 100 yards with a 300 Magnum shooting at Nosler partition bullet and I still get good shoulders beyond what is destroyed by the bullet.

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Old 11-27-2017, 05:24 PM   #31
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All that said, I just shoot 150 grain core locks in my 3006.
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Old 11-27-2017, 05:32 PM   #32
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Hornady Superformance SST in whichever bullet weight your rifle likes. 150-165-180gr

Or the new Hornady ELD-X
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Old 11-27-2017, 08:33 PM   #33
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hornady sst
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Old 11-27-2017, 08:36 PM   #34
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My Remington 30-06 likes 150 grain hornady. dropped a couple of deer with them and I can shoot a .75" group with them.
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Old 11-27-2017, 08:42 PM   #35
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Mine likes that new Winchester XP in 150 grain. Those things are accurate and knock some deer down. Mine is an older BDL and it likes just about any ammo. I love that rifle.
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Old 11-27-2017, 11:19 PM   #36
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168amax but if I️ bought some it would be the 178eldx
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Old 11-27-2017, 11:36 PM   #37
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Hornady 165gr sst killed everything I ever shot with it
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Old 11-27-2017, 11:44 PM   #38
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Corelokts worked well when I used an 06.
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Old 11-28-2017, 12:08 AM   #39
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I shoot the Winchester 180gr PowerMax and it is a truly devastating cartridge in my Model 70. The PowerMax design is a great one.
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Old 11-28-2017, 03:35 PM   #40
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Extremely accurate, extremely deadly. https://www.midwayusa.com/product/29...on-polymer-tip
After reading lots of reviews, I picked up two boxes of this today.

Excited to see how it shoots, should be at the range in the next few days.

Thanks for all of the tips!
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Old 11-28-2017, 03:52 PM   #41
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my 742 shoots just about everything good, though i prefer 180 gr. no matter what brand
and i prefer to shoot through the shoulders also, never had anything run... the bullet you bought should do the trick, i hunt with two people that use them and they are nasty!
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Old 11-28-2017, 03:54 PM   #42
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For an inexpensive hunting round I would go with the Federal Fusion. I have put that ammo through 4 different rifles and 3 different calibers (308, 30-06, 7mm mag) and it has produced .375 to .875 MOA groups at 100 yards and even sub moa groups at 500 yds when I tried with the 7mm mag. The 30-06 was the tightest groups 3/8" at 100yds with the 165 grain in a 1:10 twist out of a Remington 783. Hornady SST is a good one if you can find a grain weight that shoots well through your rifle. If you are wanting to drop something in its tracks that's more of shot placement than bullet selection. I have blown lungs out the other side of a doe with hunting bullets shooting behind the shoulder and she ran 65-75 yards and I have dropped 230 pound muledeer in his tracks with match bullet shooting in the high shoulder. I have seen the same scenario with other hunters as well.

I like to buy cheap boxes of all different grain weights that I can find and shoot them and see which grain weight does the best and then start getting better factory loads in that grain weight. As far as price, consistency in velocities, and accuracy Hornady and Federal are hard to beat.

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Old 11-28-2017, 04:07 PM   #43
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My scope was recently bumped so my rifle is off and I figured now would be a good time to switch ammo. I've been using core lokt since I was a kid but lately I haven't been impressed with knockdown power. I've killed 3 deer and a coyote, all good shots, and none have dropped. Blood trails aren't that great either.

What's your suggestion?
What brand of rifle do you shoot?
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Old 11-28-2017, 08:56 PM   #44
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I wish Winchester would make Silvertips again. My old model 70 loved the 150s.
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Old 11-28-2017, 11:58 PM   #45
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What brand of rifle do you shoot?
Browning BAR. Was my pop's way back when.
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Old 11-29-2017, 05:34 AM   #46
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hornady sst 165gr.
At least 20 kills, maybe 5 ran more than 10 yards. Average 100-220 yards exit wound every time.

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Old 11-29-2017, 06:25 AM   #47
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Fusion is a solid round and for whatever reason my rifle groups with it the best.
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Old 11-29-2017, 06:27 AM   #48
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the ones I neck size to 338 and ackley improve
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Old 11-29-2017, 06:56 AM   #49
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What do you know, looks like everything works

That is why I shoot whatever I can find in mine
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Old 11-29-2017, 07:41 PM   #50
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My Browning A-Bolt with Boss System loves 165gr Federal Premium BTSP.
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