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June 26, 2005, 03:50 PM
mine goes as follows.

.22lr- CCI minimag HP
.243- federal loaded 100 grain nosler partitions
.270- winchester 130 grain SP

I'd like to know what you guys like to use in your various calibers. This could be interesting to see how many people use premiums and how many of us use plain-jane soft points.

June 26, 2005, 04:43 PM
I load my own. for rifle I favor Sierra bullets, in .30 cal I use a 150 gr spitzer, in .22 I use the Sierra 55gr BlitzKing. I use them because they give me the best accuracy and expansion. The BlitzKing opens up a groundhog like a ripe melon Head shot excepted.

Art Eatman
June 26, 2005, 06:07 PM
'06: Sierra 150, 165 and 180. I'm going to flat-base for the 150 and 165, but I'll stay with the boattail for the 180.

.243: 85-grain Sierra HPBT for smaller deer and coyotes.

.223 & .220 Swift: Various 50- to 55-grain bullets.

7mm08: 139- or 140-grain. So far, the rifle doesn't seem to care what brand of bullet it's fed. They all go to the same place and group around 1 MOA.

:), Art

Big Yac
June 26, 2005, 09:06 PM
.243: Federal Classic ammo with Sierra's 80gr Prohunter bullet
30-06: Winchester 180gr bullets.
.454 Casull: Winchester 300gr flat point bullets, Winchester 260gr bullets, or Hornady XTP Mag 300gr hollow points
.308: Sierra 175gr HPBT
25-20:anything I can find for it :)

June 27, 2005, 03:19 AM

June 27, 2005, 05:58 AM
I have had good luck and have used Remington's CoreLokt, 270 - 150g SP. :)

Dave R
June 27, 2005, 09:43 AM
Before I handloaded, I favored the Remongton Core Lokt, too.

Now my favorite load for my .308 is my own. Sierra 150gr. over 46 grains of H335, CCI magnum primer.

June 27, 2005, 11:03 AM
.270 - Federal PowerShock 130 grain SP.

June 27, 2005, 04:24 PM
I use Core Lokt .30-.30 through my Marlin lever, and 180 gr 7.62x54R through my Nagant bolt.
the .30-.30 is great on michigan white-tail in thick woods (short range, lots of branches), the 7.62 is great in wide open (farm) fields where there is less too obstruct and longer shots.

June 27, 2005, 10:11 PM
.30-06: For meese and brown bears, Federal High Energy w/ 180gr Nosler Partitions. Federal Hi-Shok w/ 150 gr Speer Grand Slams for critters like black bear, caribou and sheep.

.223: Federal 55 gr SP.

.22: Too many to list.

Johnny Guest
July 1, 2005, 01:13 PM
It's hard to go wrong with Sierra game King or Pro Hunter, either one. I think the advantages of boat tail bullets really don't kick in until extreme game hunting ranges.

Some favorites: .30'06 - - I use 165 bullets for almost everything - - Sierra GK or Rem CoreLokts, both with high end charges of IMR 4350.

.308 - - 165s, with warmish charges of IMR 4895. I've been disappointed with the Remington factory Express 180 gr load in this caliber.

.30-30 - - Rem CL or Win Silver Tip 150s with IMR 3031.

.257 Roberts - - Sierra 100 PSP with IMR 4350. Factory Remington 117 CoreLokt.

.338 WinMag - - My best groups have been with Hornady 225 Spire Points and near-max loads of ReLoder 19. I've had good luck with the small numbers of Win factory ammo I've shot.

With the above exception of the .308, I'm very impressed with standard grade Remington factory loads in '06, .35 Whelen, .257, .25-06, and .270.


July 2, 2005, 06:10 PM
handloads...7mmRemMag with 150gr BarnesX bullet.

July 3, 2005, 12:51 AM
I hand load as well. I really like the Sierra match kings, Nosler Ballistic tip and the Hornady V-Max in most of my long guns.

For factory ammo in 7.62x39 guns you can't beat the Wolf 122 HPs.

If I had to use factory ammo the Remington Core-Lokt is a good bullet that has been around for a long time. I see that most ammo makers are using Sierra , Nosler and Hornady bullets. I think thats a pretty good deal! About three weeks ago I picked a used M1A loaded with the National match barrel. It came with a box of federal match ammo using the Sierra match King bullets. I don't know if I can hand load to make that gun shoot better. Man it shot some tiny groups. But I know I can reload for less than $25 a box :D

July 3, 2005, 10:55 AM
I mostly roll my own.
30-30 I like the Speer 170 FP, and IMR 4320 powder
.44 Mag rifle, the Speer 270 grain GDSP and H110 powder
7mm Ackley, Sierra 140 grain and 3031 powder
8mm Mauser, sierra 220 grain, and IMR 4064 powder
....are some of the ones I load nowdays.

July 3, 2005, 03:51 PM
Conerning the factory load for .308, Johnny Guest stated:

I've been disappointed with the Remington factory Express line in this caliber.

I'll be using a .308 for deer this season, and one round I'm considering is the Remington Express Core-Lokt 150 grn. PSP. Is this the round that disappointed you? If so, why? I would appreciate your opinion -- better to know now than to find out later after I've shot a deer with it. Thanks!

Johnny Guest
July 3, 2005, 05:12 PM
Fremmer, thank you for ponting out my goof. I apparently got mixed up while composing that post off-line, and then cut-and-pasted the result without adequately proofreading it.

What I MEANT to write was that I was disappointed in the Remington Express 180 grain load. Someone had given me a couple of boxes when he sold his .308 and I figured to see where they shot in my Savage Scout which was sighted in for my 165 gr. load. The 180s didn't stay within 2.5 to 3 inches at 100 yards. I fired a total of about three or four groups to verify this. I never really explored the reasons for this problem - - Might have had something to do with barrel vibrations. I might or might not have been able to remedy this by adjusting bedding points. As mentioned, I was all zeroed with my chosen load, and I didn't want to remove the action from the stock and then have to re-sight.

I hasten to add, my short-barrel Savage was the ONLY rifle in which I tried the load. It may do very well in another rifle. I didn't have my M1A with me that afternoon, and that's the only other .308 I own. My experience with Remington standard grade ammo has been very good, so, if you contemplate going for elk or other game which might require the heavier bullet, I suggest you give 'em a try. Compared to premium loads, either for hunting or target, the Remington is quite reasonably priced.

I regret to report that I have not tried the Rem Express 150 load.

Sorry for the confusion. :o

July 4, 2005, 04:40 AM
Another reloader here - all my hunting loads are carefully constructed by me. :cool:

July 4, 2005, 05:59 AM
For the .22 its hard to beat the federal bulk packs .


July 4, 2005, 09:07 AM
i like the hornady stuff. the soft point interlock stuff may be out of fashion compared to the ballistic tip, but, anything 30 cal or better i like it.
smaller thank 30 cal has got to be weatherby for me. then i just buy what i can get factory loaded. sub caliber stuff i shoot RBCD ammo.

July 5, 2005, 03:21 PM
Core Lokt .30-30 150Gr Hollowpoint.

7.62x54R 180Gr S&B softpoints.

July 6, 2005, 11:44 AM
Whatever load one of my rifles is sighted in for on opening day!

IF I were more organized, it would be 150 grain Nosler Solid Bases and 4831 SC for the .308/.30-06 rifles, and a Sierra 130 grain BTSP for the .270.

The 7mm Remington Magnum would have a 154-160 grain bullet (no preference) and a 180 grain Solid Base for the .300 Winchester Magnum.

July 19, 2005, 02:54 PM
I like Hornady ammo using either Interbond or SST bullets in Light Magnum loadings.

I also like Winchester Fail Safe and Buffalo Bore ammo. Anything with Gold Dots is nice too.

July 19, 2005, 08:17 PM
.22lr Winchester PowerPoint.

30-30, my Model 94 likes the Fed 170 grainers.

Shotguns...I do a lot with shotguns.

12 ga. I do a lot with a 12 bore, mostly slugs and target loads. Mine prefer the Fed 1oz Slugs.
Dove / Quail , still like the old Super Light recipe for 1 1/8 oz loads, using all Win components. Hard shot in #8.5 or # 8

28 ga , well seems I found a a few of my homemade slugs from back when... ;)
Mostly target loads tho' in # 8 hard shot.

Lately been using WWB JHP in 115 gr to take groundhogs and similar with a Keltec P-11. *ahem* not hunting...critter control. Got a bit boring with a Gov't 1911 and 230 gr ball ammo.... :p

July 21, 2005, 12:42 PM
I reload everything I shoot. But in factory ammo, (in my experience) Hornady is the best of the big 4 (Rem, Fed, Win, & Hornady). I'd rank em as Hornady, Win and Fed closely following and Rem at a distant #4. This is just based in 3 guns 22-250, 7mm08, and 300WM. But at 100yd, Hornady averaged 1-1.5" 5 shot group Fed & Win around 1.5-2" and Rem 2.5-3". All will "hit a pie plate at 100 yds" But I like a bit more control myself.

July 21, 2005, 07:51 PM
7mm Mag. Winchester Moly-coated BST ! !
I'm not built for chasing a damn thing !

July 24, 2005, 03:55 PM
.25-06 120gr BTSP
.280 - 140gr Winchester Ballistic Silvertips
7mm TCU - 120gr Nosler BT
.30-30 - 170gr Nosler Partitions
.308 BLR - 180gr SP (woods gun)
.375 Winchester - 220gr Hornady FN
-.45-70 - 405gr Hardcast Lead FN

N.H. Yankee
August 20, 2005, 08:19 AM
22LR: Federal SMG

257 Roberts: handloaded 100gr Speer Grandslam (deer)

270 winchester: handloaded 130gr Speer grandslam (deer) for bear 150gr Speer grandslam

30-30: handloaded 130gr Speer FN hotcore (deer)

308 winchester: handloaded 150gr Speer hotcore (deer) bear 150gr Speer grandslam.

August 20, 2005, 12:19 PM
.270 140 gr Hornady Light Magnum-shoots the best out of my BDL, and is whitetail medicine.

I also had 50 rds of some handloads a friend made up once, using 130 gr. Speer Grand Slams. Those also shot extremely well out of my gun and the deer didn't complain at all.

I've played around with other ammo in my .270, but none group as well. If it ain't broke, don't fix it.

Occasionally I'll use the lever 30-30, w/the cheap 170 gr Remington powerpoints. With open sights from a bench, I've put them into quarter sized groups at 50 yds. Since it groups like that, I haven't even explored other ammo-there's no point in my mind. Works great for hogs and deer under 100 yds.

August 22, 2005, 11:34 AM
I like Remington Cor-Lokts and Federal Hi-Shoks in .30-06. I usually reload my own though, and prefer Nosler Solid Base bullets or Sierras. It is hard to pick a bullet and or load that WILL fail for deer in 30-06, .270, or 7mm Rem. Mag.

About the only hunting ammunition that I really have a preference for are CCI Stingers for cold weather rabbit hunting. I think that they tend to riccochet less when dealing with frozen ground.

December 11, 2009, 05:45 PM
Know this thread is old but ammo always changes

Have always shot Remington Core-Lokt in my 30-30 and .308 and no complaints.

I recently got the 30-30 back from dad and handed down to my son. He just took a mature doe, 100 lbs dressed weight, at 50 yds with federal Power-shok. It was all the local store had. While the deer was as dead as any I was less than impressed with the bullet.
It hit a rib square just behind the shoulder and left no clear exit hole. Very little blood sign tho she only went 50 yds and piled up. Up butchering it appears the bullet fragmented and just peppered the cavity with little pieces, a lot of damage just under the skin around the entrance hole.
anyone else use this ammo? normal?

December 12, 2009, 05:41 PM
Favorite ammo=homemade.

James R. Burke
December 12, 2009, 07:03 PM
I load my own except for the rimfire of course, and know there the best custom round for the rifle. For deer I stick pretty tight with the Nosler Partition's, but there are some good ones out there.

Fat White Boy
December 13, 2009, 12:26 AM
Winchester Model 70 in .270- Remington CoreLokt 130g

Remington Model 700 in .308- Barnes X 168gr over 42 gr 3031

Browning 1885 High wall in .22-250- 52gr HPBT Sierra Match King over 38.5gr 4350

December 13, 2009, 07:34 AM
I am a Federal Fusion guy for my deer hunting. 180 grain Fusion for my 308 and 158 grain 357 mag. for my handgun. For my 22 I have always liked CCI mini mags. I also shoot 122 grain hp wolf ammo for my 7.62x39.

December 13, 2009, 08:17 AM
.308-Remington 165gr AccuTips

December 13, 2009, 09:01 AM
hornady light mag

December 13, 2009, 09:28 AM
My second favorite is...

December 13, 2009, 09:41 AM
.22 lr = Winchester Power Points

.44 special = 240 gr hard cast lswc at appx 1000 fps

When I used an '06 for deer my fave was Remington Core-Lokt 180 gr round nose.

December 13, 2009, 01:01 PM
.243 win- 100 gr Hornady btsp handloads @ 3054 fps
30-30- 160 gr Hornady FTX handloads @ 2315 fps
270 Win-140 gr Nosler Partition handloads @ 2998 fps
300 Win Mag- 200 gr Nosler Accubond handloads @ 2974 fps

December 13, 2009, 01:03 PM
For deer 7mm rem mag and 139gr sst hm for clear cuts
308 ans 125grBT for bottoms and heavier cover
Heavy lead gas checks for pistols-357 and 44
For hogs and heavy game barnes x in rifles and heavy hardcast in pistols

James R. Burke
December 16, 2009, 08:37 PM
I guess I could have given a more complete answer. For rimfire I buy them of course. Myself and wife each have a Ruger No 1A light sporter with a Leupold century limited edition scope on them. They are exact carbon copys except for the caliber. Mine is a 30-06 and hers is a .243, I done this so no matter who used what they would look and feel the same. I reload and thats all I use, and feel it is the best you can get. There are many good loads, and I am not saying mine are the best but they work great for us. Both will shoot under 1" at 100 yards with the loads I have worked up for them. Getting older I am sure someone else would do alot better, but there not target Rifles either. For the 06 on deer I am using a Nosler 165 grain Paritition, CCI large primer, Lapua case, and IMR-4350. I am getting 3097 f.p.s. on average with a five shot string, and again I am not saying anything is better than the next persons. I believe most reloaders have the best working in there firearm. I am still under max with this, and no signs of presure, but it's working so good why mess with it up or down. For the same rifle playing around when I am not using the wifes .243 I have a varmint load made for it. I know it's not the best for that but its fun. I am using a Hornady 110 grain V Max, Laupa case, CCI large rifle primer, and Varget for the powder. On a five string average I am getting 3712 f.p.s. and still under max. I dont shoot very many at this speed, but they are fun. It will vaporize a porky into a red mist, never tryed it on a yote yet. But I will. The .243 for deer and I do know there is alot of debate over this for deer, I feel the correct bullet and placement no problem, just like you need with any rifle. If you need to watch them walk away thats what you do period. My wife has shot at two and dropped them both right on the spot, and she passed on some nicer ones because of doubt etc. For her deer bullet I am using a Nosler Partition 100 grain, Laupa case, CCI large rifle primer, and RL-22. The bigger bullet in the .243 likes the slower burning powder. I tryed some faster ones but the groups opened up. With a five shot string its getting 2930 f.p.s. I been working on a varmint round for her but I think I just found it. I will know in a few days. I had to back things way down. For that I am using a Nosler 55 grain ballistic tip, Laupa cases, CCI large rifle primers, and H-414. I am figuring they should be at about 4000 f.p.s. and still under max. I had them going faster but figured whats the point. Again not that many at that speed will be used thru it. The next time out I figure we will each put a fifthteen thru it. If it all looks good that will be it. Like I said both rifles are not varmint rifles but just fun to mess around with in the off seasons. Sorry I got so long on the answer but I use my own before anything else. I trust my life on my loads, and know they are the most accurate that I can get out of them, but always open for suggestions. I never had a fail to fire ever! If your not into reloading give it some thought it is a good clean, and fun sport.

December 16, 2009, 09:50 PM
...Been using Winchester PSP, the White Box and have been very successful.
When I find something that works, I have a tendency to stick with it.

The reason I went to the .270 was the fact that after 15 years of shooting a Model 670 .243 I started having problems with bullets blowing up. On a 50 to 100 yard broadside shot, when I first started with that rifle, typical bullet performance with Winchester or Remington standard 100 gr ammo, would be for the deer to fall down D.R.T. (dead right there) or within 15 to 25 yards. I was on a lease in Central Texas where the limit was 4 deer, 2 bucks + 2 antler-less, and to stay on the lease you were required to harvest an antler-less each year.

I never had much problem getting deer, they were everywhere...but about 1990, same broadside shot was giving different performance. Frankly, the bullets were going to go in the chest cavity and explode. Shrapnel everywhere and hearts blown up and the darn deer would run forever. I got tired of chasing the critters. None of those bullets exited the far side of the deer. I had the same luck, whether or not it was a Rem. or Win. slug.

I never lost a deer, but I hunted for one late at night. Someone in the camp suggested I was not using enough gun. I borrowed a 270, I used my 7x57 and 30-06...problem solved. 30 to 50 gr more slug made the difference.

I told you all my long, sad story to see if anyone else was having problems with the .243 cartridge? Anyone heard tales of thinner 100gr jackets?

December 16, 2009, 10:55 PM
DougW47, if You're having problems with the bullets blowing up, switch to a premium...

Me personally... .270 Winchester... Browning A-Bolt Syn./SS, 26" Douglas Air Gauge #4 Stainless Barrel...
*Barnes 110 grain TTSX in front of 54.0 grains AA4350, seated to 3.225"
*Norma 150 grain Oryx in front of 53.0 grains AA3100, seated to 3.300"

...'Nuff Said...:cool:

Fat White Boy
December 17, 2009, 12:01 AM
I load my own-

.22-250... 52gr MatchKing HPBT over 38.5gr IMR 4350

.308- Barnes X 168gr over 42gr of IMR 3031

Except for the .270- The stock Remington ammo shoots unbelievabl well out of my Model 70...

.270- Remington CoreLokt 130gr...

December 17, 2009, 07:04 AM
25-06-----Hornady 117 gr Interlock
7mm-08---Remington 140 gr Cor-lokt
7mm Mag--Federal 160 gr Nosler Partition
30-06-----Winchester 180 gr Power point

12 gauge----(For Turkeys) Winchester supreme elite 3 1/2 inch number 6's

December 18, 2009, 10:17 AM
30.06-- 165gr Federal Premiums

.270-- 150gr Federal Premiums / Hornady 130gr SST

.308-- 150 gr Federal Premiums

7mm-- 140gr Federal premiums / Hornady 140gr SPBT

.243-- 100gr Federal Premiums

.223-- Ultramax 62gr SP

.22-- what ever is in the glove box

No, I don't work for Federal Ammunition. I shoot alot, and I don't re-load, and the Federal Premium line has always been a consistant producer--although some of the Hornady stuff is starting to impress me.

December 19, 2009, 12:24 AM
22 rimfire.......CCI
22-250......sierra bullets
25-06......sierra bullets
6.5-06.....sierra bullets
300wm.....sierra bullets
378wby.....nosler bullets
12ga........federal premium
44mag......home cast 255gr kieth

December 19, 2009, 11:23 PM
260 - 120 Speer or Rem
6.5-06 - 129, 140 Hornady
280 - 139 Hornady, 140 NBT
7mmRM - 154 Hornady, 160 Speer
308 and 30-06 - 150 Hornady 165 Rem
338-06 - 200 Hornady or Speer

December 20, 2009, 03:16 AM
17hmr hornady v-max

handload-nosler e-tip 130gr 270

James R. Burke
December 20, 2009, 04:01 PM
Dougw47 I reload the .243 for the wife. Never had that problem, but I am sure it is do to reloading. I can see were you would get a bad taste from it. But in the wifes for the bullet I am using a Nosler 100 grain Partition. Most of the time they will do a complete pass thru. Every time so far. They do sell them already made, but they cost a arm and a leg.