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Old June 26, 2005, 03:50 PM   #1
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Whats your favourite hunting ammo?

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.
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Old June 26, 2005, 04:43 PM   #2
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Favorite loads

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.
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Old June 26, 2005, 06:07 PM   #3
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'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.

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Old June 26, 2005, 09:06 PM   #4
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.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
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Old June 27, 2005, 03:19 AM   #5
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Old June 27, 2005, 05:58 AM   #6
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I have had good luck and have used Remington's CoreLokt, 270 - 150g SP.
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Old June 27, 2005, 09:43 AM   #7
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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.
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Old June 27, 2005, 11:03 AM   #8
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.270 - Federal PowerShock 130 grain SP.
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Old June 27, 2005, 04:24 PM   #9
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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.
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Old June 27, 2005, 10:11 PM   #10
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.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.
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Old July 1, 2005, 01:13 PM   #11
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I handload practically all of what I use

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.

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Old July 2, 2005, 06:10 PM   #12
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handloads...7mmRemMag with 150gr BarnesX bullet.
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Old July 3, 2005, 12:51 AM   #13
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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
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Old July 3, 2005, 10:55 AM   #14
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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.
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Old July 3, 2005, 03:51 PM   #15
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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!
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Old July 3, 2005, 05:12 PM   #16
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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.
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Old July 4, 2005, 04:40 AM   #17
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Another reloader here - all my hunting loads are carefully constructed by me.
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Old July 4, 2005, 05:59 AM   #18
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For the .22 its hard to beat the federal bulk packs .

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Old July 4, 2005, 09:07 AM   #19
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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.
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Old July 5, 2005, 03:21 PM   #20
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Core Lokt .30-30 150Gr Hollowpoint.

7.62x54R 180Gr S&B softpoints.
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Old July 6, 2005, 11:44 AM   #21
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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.
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Old July 19, 2005, 02:54 PM   #22
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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.
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Old July 19, 2005, 08:17 PM   #23
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.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....
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Old July 21, 2005, 12:42 PM   #24
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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.
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