30/06 bullet choice

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  1. romex21

    romex21 G&G Newbie

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    what bullet, and grain would you recomend for my 30/06???:ugh:
    will be hunting barbary sheep this feb.
  2. SwedeSteve

    SwedeSteve Freedom Zealot Forum Contributor

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    What will be the typical range for your shots?
  3. Midas

    Midas Chief Troll B' Gone Forum Contributor

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    I'd just stick with the plain jane 180 grain
  4. romex21

    romex21 G&G Newbie

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    no more than 300yds for me, i know the sheep are usally a long range type hunt and also some up&down hill shoting in the canyons we hunt. (very rugged)
  5. texnmidwest

    texnmidwest Sir Loin of Beef Forum Contributor

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    I shoot factory 150 grains for whitetails in open country. If the ranges were close and terrain was woods or brush I would step up to the 180. All really depends on where you are and what shots you expect. From my experience sheep are not hard to kill so even the managed recoil loads would do the job out to around 200 yards.

    Really, I would just look in the safe and see what I had. That is what I would use. Dang, that wouldn't be any fun....hmm.


    With this info stick with the 150 to 165 grain bullets. Plus, practice 300 yard shots in different conditions. You will have a great hunt!
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  6. romex21

    romex21 G&G Newbie

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    nothing like testing new loads,:) lol
  7. pruneemac

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    bullet choice

    ive been happy with the 180 grain partition. I dropped my mountain goat dead with a neck shot. My guide was more excited than I was. He didnt have to chase a wounded goat!
  8. nathangdad

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    Well, you might wish to check some manuals

    Technically, the .30-06 was developed for the U.S. military with a bullet of approximately 168 grains. The 150 grain has historically been the "all around" bullet for this versatile cartridge. However, I suggest you look at some the major reloading manuals where you will find a great deal of information on loads for bullets from 110 grain up to 220 grain (and in a few cases beyond 220 grain). This will give you an opportunity to work toward matching bullet and load to the hunting you plan.

    Hello to Samuel - well, I am neither guessing nor fabricating. I stand by my post that had nothing to do with the .30-03 (by the way I know about the .30-03) and the 150 grain is the historically "all around" bullet weight for the .30-06. I believe in studying reloading manuals as they provide a wide range of information for most cartridges. This is a forum. I have neither the intent nor the desire to back down from any post I have made to date. I am lost as to what you mean by
    the dilution of the concept of "original".
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  9. samuel

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    By the time you get done guessing or fabricating there is never anything "original" about anything!!! The .30-03 came out with a 220gr round nose bullet in the year 1903.It was rated at 2200fps.Because of bore erosion caused by the nitro-glycerine powder used at the time they reduced it to 2000fps.In 1905 Germany came out with the "spitzer"type bullet.The U.S. shortened the case and changed rhe load to a 150gr "spitzer"type bullet at 2700fps.The shortened case is still the same today. sam.
  10. Mooseman684

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    When I am Hunting Dall Sheep here in Alaska I drop to the lighter 150 Gr. Bullets in 30Cal....Sheep are not that large of an animal for one thing and I may have to make a longer shot than I anticipated so I want a flatter Trajectory. At 300 to 400 Yards a 150 gr.SP boattail bullet leaving the muzzle at 2900 fps will have over 1,420 ft.lbs of energy when it smacks that sheep...More than enough energy and if your rifle is zeroed at 300, you will be 5 inches high at 200 yards and 11.8 inches low at 400 yards and the bullet will still be doing over 2000 fps. The Bullet at this speed should perform perfectly and retain over 85% of it original weight. Of course, your results may vary somewhat....
    Rich
  11. Ron AKA

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    I would suggest the 125 gr. If you download a free program from Remington at the link below you can play around with different loads. I found that the 125 shot flatter than the 150, 160, or 180, and I would think has enough energy for sheep.

    Remington Shoot! Ballistics Software

    I would sight it in for 2.5" high at 100 yards. That will put you about 2.8" high at 150, dead on at 240, and about 5" low at 300. That assumes you can accept that much deviation. It can be tightened but you will have to hold over more at 300.

    Ron
  12. blaster

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    I mostly use the '06 for my big game hunting. I load the 150 gr psp for deer sized game and 220gr roundnosed for black bears in the woods. I tried 125 gr bullets but found they were too explosive and gave poor penentration on a 100 lb hog
  13. Pumpkinheaver

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    The 150 grain bullet will work great for your intended purposes.
  14. romex21

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    i do like the winchester 150gr soft point it shoots very well in my rifle, just did'nt know if the wieght of the 150gr would be enough to do an addiquit job
    iv'e always heard them sheep are tough critters
  15. ArkansasHunter

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    feller where I live hunting is a part of life and it's still a big event when the season rolls around. Due to T.V. hunting shows and the wealth of information in hunting magazines and now the Internet. The right cartridge and grain bullet is now paramount in aiding a successful Deer hunt.

    I rememer back many year ago when 220 grain was the 30-06 cartridge to buy and it didn't really matter what brand, but some folks had a brand ammo they prefered.
    It was thought bigger is better and as years passed and as we got a little more educated most folks changed to 180 grain cartridges.

    Today the more learned and skilled hunters use 150 grain bullets in all the brands available for White Tail Deer.

    Some buy the high dollar stuff thats dipped in plastic with pointed plastic tips and some still buy the cheaper stuff such as Remington Core Lokt's and Winchester Power
    Points.

    So what I would suggest that you use for your rifle is Remington 150 gr. Core-Lokt's
    the cheaper stuff. Lets hope your 30-06 loves it as much as mine does. It's the best in my book...A.H
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  16. texnmidwest

    texnmidwest Sir Loin of Beef Forum Contributor

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    He shouldn't do that Arkansas. It will leave behind too much evidence. I think he should use subsonic loads topped with ice bullets. Quiet, stealthy and not a shred of evidence the PETA people could use against him.:bigeyes:
  17. ArkansasHunter

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    You rectom ? LOL
  18. samuel

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    This is only a personal finding I have experienced.Having little to complain about with the great penetration of the 180gr and rge great bullet action of the 150gr,I found the 165gr gave me the best of both worlds.In both .308 and .30-06. sam.
  19. SwedeSteve

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    I would go with the 150gr Spitzer for shots to 300.
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    Thats good?Thank you? sam.
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