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ndking1126
January 29, 2010, 10:09 PM
Have any of you guys shot these bullets? I noticed Federal and Winchester both have them, both moving at over 3100fps. I'm interested in how accurate they are. I know my Rem 700 ADL shoots 168 gr Federal GMM MK's best, so it's hard to see it shooting something that lite accurately.

rbernie
January 29, 2010, 10:46 PM
My Ruger #1 in 30-06 puts the Remington 125gr loads into a five shot group that is well under an inch at 100yards. They're my favorite practice round.

David Turley
February 28, 2010, 05:49 PM
i think they would be fine on deer sized game

moosemike
February 28, 2010, 06:18 PM
I've found them to be accurate. I've never shot anything deer sized with them. I've heard of poor penetration stories from guys who have.

jman841
February 28, 2010, 06:36 PM
Do these bullets stabilize ok? Is the twist rate to fast or to slow on a normal bolt action chambered in .30-06?

Oilburner350
February 28, 2010, 06:44 PM
I have been loading 125 gr balistic tips in .308 and 30-06 for a few years. They seem to work on whitetails up to about 300 yards. My brother and wife like the reduced recoil.

Bob F.
February 28, 2010, 10:11 PM
A few yrs back, a gun rag had an article about the all-around '06. Writer said his kids cut their "big game teeth" on the 30-06 loaded with 125gr pills at about 2500fps. Low recoil & accurate. Used 'em on whitetails and antelope, IRRC.

Bob

crimsondave
February 28, 2010, 10:26 PM
I shoot 125gr balistic tip handloads in my BAR. Shoots pretty well and is pretty nasty on whitetail.

Unfortunately, my BAR will not shoot the 125s well at velocities over about 2700-2800 fps. Groups go to hell BAD. As in all over a 12x12 target bad.

4sixteen
February 28, 2010, 11:50 PM
A similar bullet, used the Hornady 130gr SP bullet to take my trophy ram with a 300 Win. mag. at 3100fps muzzle velocity. Very good accuracy. Worked great! :cool:

I load the 130gr Barnes TSX bullet at 3500fps. I'm sure it won't disintegrate upon impact. :)

Art Eatman
March 1, 2010, 09:01 AM
In 30-caliber, I've long considered the 110-grain bullet as a varmint load. I grew up with the 150-grain bullet as the generic deer load. Old family tradition thing.

I've not seen data about the jacket design on the regular 125-grain bullets. Dunno if it's a heavy varmint bullet or a light deer bullet. The jacket design matters, to me. If it's a heavy varmint bullet, it's heavier than need be--and might fragment on a deer's bones.

One drawback, in my opinion, is that my deer hunting is in wide open country. The BC of a 125 isn't as good as for a 150 SPBT.

Which is why I've not used the 125s. :)

horseman308
March 1, 2010, 10:07 AM
I used to use a 125 gr. Sierra Prohunter in my .308. I got 3-shot groups touching at 100 yds and took a couple of deer with it. They were pretty close shots - both within 50 yards, so I'm not sure about how they'd perform on game at longer ranges, but they worked well for me for what I used them.

Big Pard
August 27, 2012, 07:45 PM
I have killed "many" deer with the 125gr Federal Game-shok at ranges from 25- 400yds and they perform well. It is a good, mild recoiling round that really shines out to 200yds. However, you may want to shoot a more aerodynamic bullet if you plan on shooting regularly past 300 yds.

YARDDOG(1)
August 27, 2012, 08:49 PM
I agree with Art, The 150 gr bullet shots great on deer,Hogs. That is all thats around my hunting woods, Unless you count yotes as I shoot every one I see if posible. ; )
Y/D

TimW77
August 27, 2012, 10:28 PM
"I've not seen data about the jacket design on the regular 125-grain bullets. Dunno if it's a heavy varmint bullet or a light deer bullet. The jacket design matters, to me. If it's a heavy varmint bullet, it's heavier than need be--and might fragment on a deer's bones."

As said above, what a bullet is useful for depends on its construction not on the weight and what you think that weight should be used for.

Just because Speer makes a 130g .308" bullet for varmints does not mean all bullets of that weight or lighter are made for varmints.

The Sierra 125g .308" bullets is for hunting game.

T.