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Discussion in 'The Powder Keg' started by vikingpreacher, Mar 13, 2008.
What is the heaviest bullet weight you can get in a .30-06?
Heaviest I have seen is a brick slinging 220gr. And that is a Jacketed RN. And a 210gr in lead cast. But I could be wrong and there are heavier rounds out there??
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I still have a box of 250gr RN . Not sure of the manufacture. Its just a plain brown box
Wow, a 250 gr. bullet, that's a big chunk in a .30 cal.
The 220 grain is the heaviest I've seen. [it should kick a bunch!]
The heaviest I shoot is the 180's and the smallest is my .22 Acellerators [sabot] at 55 gr. I have 90 gr., 110 gr., 125 gr., 150 gr., and 165 gr. Military rounds at 157 grs. I think not sure about the weight of the armor piercing rounds.
220gr is the heaviest I see for .30cal. sam.
There are heavier specialty VLD bullets for long range shooting. Velocities in the .30-06 are low, but these guys don't shed it. Try the long-range shooting sites for more info.
Heaviest factory load I can find is 220 at 2410 fps. BC appears to be a ho-hum 0.316 due to the round nose. Definitely a short range proposition. With a 200 yard zero, drop at 300 is 13".
Hornady says you can push their 220 to 2500 fps. That reduces the drop to only 12"!
Only problem is that the 180 still has more energy ..... hehe
You are correct, Magnumsrule. I don't know why anyone would load the 220s when there are so many good 180 and 190 grain boat-tail spitzers that perform better. The 220 RN is a holdover from the .30-40 Krag and the original .30-03. The bullet manufacturers would not be making them if someone wasn't buying them. Kind of like the .22 long.
Well, it could be . . . .
I suppose you can always find some custom maker to create
.30 caliber bullets of great length and weight.
However, I am at a loss to understand
why you would want to go beyond 220 grains which, in
my opinion, has plenty enough "ooomph on the shoulder".
RE: several of the above comments, the purpose of the 220 gr RN 30 cal. bullets isn't long range shooting and the "oomph" isn't a factor either(except on the other end). Their purpose is/was for bone crunching deep penetrarion on large and sometimes dangerous game.
Back many years ago hunters includeing me thought bigger was better thus it was very common to use Remington 220 gr. cartridges to Deer hunt with.
All the stores that stocked ammo would only stock 180 or 220 gr. for our 30-06 rifles.
A lot of Deer were probably lost from shooting 220 grain bullets.
It was also unheard of to use 150 gr. I think the mind set back then was 150 grain bullets was for varmints. LOL.
Times have changed now to where most 30-06 owners use 150 and 180 gr. bullets.
or a weight between the two.
I'm not a smalll man,and I've fired 220gr. 30-06 factory rounds from a Winchester Mod.70.and it wasn't pleasant, It was brutal.
Can't be near as bad as my .338 Win with 250 grainers. I know others here may disagree, but if I were woods hunting bear, I would think that 220 grain round nose in my 30'06 would be good bear medicine (if I weren't using the .338).
Sierra makes a .30cal 240gr matchking bullet but it takes a 1in9" twist barrel. sam.
240 gr. Woodleigh from Midway per Midas. We had this discussion earlier. Yes, you used to be able to load 250 gr. solids for your .30-06 many moons ago.
Have to agree about the 338. I had a pre 64 M70 that gave me a couple of scars above my eye brow. (and I shoot a 375H&H and a 450BPExpress)
Like another said, Woodleigh makes a 240, and it's designed to expand at expected 30-06 velocities, or around 2400fps MV. However, a 180, or 200 will do EVERYTHING a 30-06 is capable of doing, and at the longes ranges and best trajectorys. 165s come dang close. In my opinion there's nothing that calls for a 220, or 240 from a 30-06.
Rate of twist is everything here. I personally consider bullets in the 165 & 168 grain class optimum, with the 180's for larger, meaner game.
Woodleigh desighned their 240gr especially for the 100th anniversary of the .30-06 it has a SD .361 and BC .401
Nick harvey wrote not too long ago that they were great performers on heart/lung shots on buffalo, dropping them in their tracks. I have been using Woodleigh projectiles now for a long time and they are brilliant.
WARRRRRRR EAGLE FOR 165's