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Old March 9, 2018, 07:57 AM   #26
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125 gr 30 Cal pills are quite common in the CMP's GSM match. Shot at 200 yards (or reduced 100 yards) they work quite will. Not much of a wind problem at 200 and recoil is kept to a min. using vintage military rifles with steel butt plates.

They really arent pushed too fast in these matches. Just make sure they have enough to work the action on Garands.

Less recoil makes for faster recovery times in rapid fire stages with bolt guns.
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Old March 15, 2018, 06:11 PM   #27
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Now that's an idea I have not considered. Using them up in my M-1
Do you have a recommended load Kragwy?
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Old March 15, 2018, 06:16 PM   #28
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You need a 300 AAC Blackout!

Or maybe a 300 Savage!

Or maybe a 30-30 single shot pistol!
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Old March 22, 2018, 10:59 AM   #29
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You might consider 300 Blackout if you are looking for something a little different

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Old March 25, 2018, 03:54 AM   #30
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When a teen/young adult, we used 125 grain Sierras in our .30-06 rifles almost exclusively for woodchuck and crow hunting. A moderate load of IMR 4064 proved very accurate in both Win 70's and Savage 110.

The only centerfire bolt guns we owned back in the 1960's were '06s, bought for deer hunting, but we hunted woodchucks for good spring-summer practice at field shooting. Fortunately, we were very safe hunters/shooters and never fired in a direction where ricochets could have endangered people.

My self-accurized Savage, in a Bishop stock would group under 3/4 minute with a 2.5X Weaver and killed chucks over 400 yards. I was big and fairly muscular, so recoil wasn't a problem. I don't think I'd enjoy shooting prone with an '06 these days.
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Old March 25, 2018, 11:13 AM   #31
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I've always thought the 125gr .308" bullets would be the ticket for turning the various .30/30 bolt actions from Savage, Stevens, Westernfield, and even Remington into an even more useful rifle. I could see these rifles acting a lot like a .308 or .300Savage with a lighter spitzer bullet. Too bad I haven't found one of these rifles that I like yet! Good luck on your 125gr adventure!
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Old March 26, 2018, 05:01 AM   #32
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Jbotto: Yes, 125 grain bullets, well constructed for deer-sized animals would be very good for quick kills, at least out to 250 or 300 yards, but beyond that, would drop off in both killing power and trajectory, unless using low-drag designs.
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Old April 29, 2018, 09:46 AM   #33
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I use 125grn SST Hornady, in my 308. I have taken many jackal wart-hogs and kudu's with it. Out of a short 22 inch barrel @ 3200fs. Fantastic combo
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