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Old September 8, 2002, 02:02 PM   #1
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30-06 and silvertips

Anyone load 180 gr nosler ballistic silvertips for their 06?I was going to start with 55gr of imr4350 but I dont have any reloading info for the noslers. Also how do these work on deer? Thanks in advance
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Old September 8, 2002, 03:50 PM   #2
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A hunting bud of mine uses nothing but 165 gr. Nosler BT's and 56.0 grs. IMR4350 for deer hunting. Not even a high end load but deadly accurate - 1/2" groups at 100 yards in all of his otsixes. This load has accounted for many dead bucks over the years for him...all one shot and all down for the count within eyesight....if not on the spot.
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Old September 8, 2002, 04:30 PM   #3
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I have been loading 165 gr (mostly Hornady) for years in my '06, using 56.0 gr of H 4350, not IMR. This shoots about 2750 fps in a 22 in barrel ( M700), and is very accurate. I use Winchester brass and standard primers. This load is highly recommended if your rifle will handle it. While not the listed maximum, it is near the top, and should be approached with the usual caution.
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Old September 10, 2002, 03:43 PM   #4
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I've used regular 180 grain Ballistic Tips in my M70, loading them in once-fired Winchester brass with a Winchester standard large rifle primer and 61.0 grains of ReLoder 22. (This is max. in my Nosler manual, and 1 grain under max with a 180 in the Speer manual. NO sign of excess pressure in my rifle, I could probably go a bit hotter, but YMMV, so work up carefully, etc. )

Chronographed velocity is around 2740 or so out of my "slow" 22 inch barrel, and five rounds go into about three quarters of an inch - as good as any "match" bullet in that rifle.

The ballistic tips I shot at game expanded violently, damaging a lot of meat on impala. On the other hand, that expansion was MOST appreciated on a leopard I took in Zimbabwe some years ago.
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Old September 10, 2002, 05:16 PM   #5
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Your 180s should make an excellent elk and moose load. The same bullet in 150 or 165 would make a superb deer load. Just MHO!
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