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Old January 9, 2007, 05:35 PM   #1
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150....165.....180 Gr.!!!

I see the reasoning for the 150 gr. and the 180 gr. bullets but where in this choice does the 165 fit and for what reasons???
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Old January 9, 2007, 07:17 PM   #2
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I assume you speak 30 cal. If so I have at least 3 rifles that shoot the 165 / 168 gr rounds very accurately! My "target" 308, a Rem 700, is only OK with 150s, really bad with 180s, but sub MOA (like shoot the fly at a hunderd<L>) with 168 and almost that good with 165 Gamekings.

You have to understand that every rifle is different, so the greater the options, the better your chance to find just the right load for your rifle.
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Old January 10, 2007, 01:35 AM   #3
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For .30 caliber rounds..

I like the 165 Sierra SPBT for hunting, for all my rifles my hunting loads will cloverleaf @200yds from prone position. Its' about 2550, slower that commercial loads but I prefer accuracy not velocity.

For bigger game may load up some 180's.

Also I use the 168 for Hi-power match (200-600yds) so I somewhat duplicate ballistics.
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Old January 10, 2007, 03:07 AM   #4
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I assume you speak 30 cal.
Me to, but .30 cal WHAT
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Old January 10, 2007, 12:04 PM   #5
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Most 30-06's I've had experience with seem to like that 165 weight.

Meaning it seems easier to come up with a very accurate load with that slug weight that any other in that chambering.
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Old January 10, 2007, 01:55 PM   #6
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I had forgotten about, and didn't consider the accuracy isue!!!

As far as caliber...........30 caliber was what I was referring to........308 Win,.30-06, and the .300 mags! The 15 gr. jump seemed a bit small.............but then the jump from 180 gr. to 200 gr. is only 20 gr................Oh Well Winter And All!!!
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Old January 10, 2007, 10:43 PM   #7
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For my .308 win a 165,168grn bullet gives me the best performance and accuracy. For the 300 win. mag. it may be the 180grn. For the 30-378 it may be a 200grn.
So why is there a 150 grn .30 cal
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Old January 11, 2007, 10:06 PM   #8
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All of my .30 cals seem to like 150. And by choosing the right 150, Speer BTSP for deer, and Barnes"X" for elk, I have no need for lighter or heavier bullets for anything in the lower 48.
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Old January 13, 2007, 03:11 AM   #9
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Besides accuracy,

It is a compromise weight, and unlike many compromises, it actually works. Most of the speed and trajectory of the 150gr (sometimes even better), and most of the penetrating performance of the 180gr.

When shooting something smaller than the big .30 cal magnums, which have the powder to speed the 180s, the 165s are a fime choice, if your rifle likes them.
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