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Old September 12, 2010, 09:38 AM   #1
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Best .30-06 Ammo???

Alright, I was wondering what factory ammo you guys use and think is best. If you reload give me your own loads.
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Old September 12, 2010, 10:04 AM   #2
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I use 165 gr ballistic tip boat tails. Haven't found a big difference between manufacturers. Will drop a deer out to 400 yards. Will work on larger critters a bit closer in. May not be the best for target shooting, but works like a champ on critters.

Every gun is different, try various weights and see what yours likes best.
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Old September 12, 2010, 10:10 AM   #3
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I like Remington Core-Lokt. Or the cheap Federal uses Speer bullets. If you're lucky, your '06 will shoot the cheaper stuff well. The cheap stuff of today is as good as the premium factory ammo from twenty years ago.
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Old September 12, 2010, 10:15 AM   #4
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reasonable - Rem. Core Lokt
premium - Nosler Partition
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Old September 12, 2010, 10:17 AM   #5
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My Win. Mdl 70 30-06 will not shoot 165+ bullets as accurate as 150gr bullets. 2.5" groups with heavy bullets(165's+) So now it is a dedicated 150gr bullet rifle for Antelope and Deer.Some rifles just wont shoot until you feed it something close to what it likes.Other rifles will shoot all weight of bullets with equal accuracy.I had reloaded for this rifle for 20 years and never got good results with heavy bullets.Tried some Combined Technologies 150 gr. bullets and pushed them 2700fps with Varget and shazam outstanding accuracy.
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Old September 12, 2010, 11:10 AM   #6
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Lately I have had great results on deer with Federal Fusions (180 GR.) and they are not that expensive.
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Old September 12, 2010, 11:41 AM   #7
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Pet load for deer: 150-grain Sierra SP, either flat-base or boat-tail. My max load is 52.5 grains of 4064, but I advise starting a tad below that. I've had excellent results with the Sierra 180-grain SPBT for accuracy; 54.0 grains of H414 is the book's max load.

It never has seemed to matter whether I used Remington or Winchester primers.
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Old September 12, 2010, 01:30 PM   #8
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Can't remember ever buying ammo for my 30-06. Everything is handloaded. I have different preferences in cases for different applications.
Bullets: 150 gr. Nosler Ballistic tips or Partitions for hunting; Sierra Match King for target.
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Old September 12, 2010, 02:11 PM   #9
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Shoot a variety of ammo manufactuers and see what your rifle likes to eat. Which ever one shoots the best groups, that would be the best for you.
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Old September 12, 2010, 02:29 PM   #10
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It all depends on what your target will be. I dont target shoot nor do I shoot small deer. I do shoot alot of elk and mule deer and while some have had sucsess with standard cup and core bullets I have not. I had a factory Remington Core-Lokt completely disentagrate after only 4" of penatration in a mule deer. This will let you down at the worst possible time. The 180 Nosler Partition bullet has never let me down. Others have had sililar results. Remington and Federal both load this bullet in their ammo.
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Old September 12, 2010, 02:36 PM   #11
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Hunting- Core-Lock PSP in 180gr
Target- Federal Premium Sierra Match King 168 grain. Super accurate, but awfully expensive!
The Jeep has been a lot of fun, but time to come back to my first hobby.. shooting.
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Old September 12, 2010, 03:28 PM   #12
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For hunting 165 grn..

When is comes to hunting bullets with the 06 I am like Justin Wilson was about wine.
When asked what his favorite wine was he answered "whet kind you got?"

As long as it is 165 and it prints I will use it.
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Old September 12, 2010, 06:19 PM   #13
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Dude I handloaded for my 3006, and I found this load very accomidating,,58 grs. 4350 with a 150 gr Nosler Ballistic Tip. !! Same hole as a matter of fact.
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Old September 12, 2010, 07:06 PM   #14
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my most accurate handload... 50gr. IMR-4895, Sierra 155gr.SMK bullet. i also agree with others who have stated that remington cor-lokts are very good and accurate hunting bullets.
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Old September 12, 2010, 08:41 PM   #15
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+1 Art. My most accurate rifle loads have been a 150 Sierra or Hornady atop 52gr. of 4064. An honest 2900fps in 22" and sub-moa.
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Old September 12, 2010, 08:58 PM   #16
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This is a maximum load in my gun so start 10% lower and work up.

This gives 1" or slightly smaller 5 shot 100 meter groups out of my 1970 vintage M70 with 22" barrel.

Sierra 165 grain SBT
WW case
CCI Mag rifle primer-For some reason, this cleaned up fliers from my rifle.
57.0 grains IMR 4350

This or even 56.0 grains of IMR 4350 has shot excellent groups out of every bolt action .30-06 I've tried it in. The 57 grain charge chronographs 2825 fps out of the 22" barrel and kills deer vary, vary dead and with less damaged meat if you make an OOPS than the Nosler BT version, which is also accurate but seems to expand more.

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Old September 12, 2010, 09:36 PM   #17
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For Deer Federal Premium 165gr JSP.
For plinking, I had a nice 110gr lead load.
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Old September 12, 2010, 09:53 PM   #18
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Best ammo==home grown.
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Old September 12, 2010, 10:19 PM   #19
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150gr Hornady SP with 45gr H4895 gets about 2700fps out of a .30-06 with a 24" barrel.

I have used 150gr 180gr Corelokt.
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Old September 12, 2010, 11:06 PM   #20
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I like the Nosler Accubond 180 gr. with 59 gr. H4851. Makes for a good accurate round out of my Remington 750. Avg. velocity = 2475 with that combo.
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Old September 13, 2010, 12:31 PM   #21
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Each rifle is unique

What's best in my rifle may not be best in yours. I have found Federal Fusion ammo to be very accurate.
In handloads, I've found H 4350 or H 4831 to be good powder. I like WLR primers or CCI 250. Accubonds are very, very accurate bullets. So are Sierra Gamekings. So if you're hunting deer, then you don't need a premium load. Deer are easy to kill. Get either some 150 gr Federal Fusion ammo, or if you handload get some H 4350 and a WLR primer with a Sierra Gameking bullet. That will work fine for you.
If you're hunting moose, get some 180 grainers. Hornady Spire Point are good. Use the H4831 and CCI 250.
If you want an all around, do anything load, then the 165 gr Accubond with H 4350 and CCI 250 primers will work well.
At least, that's what I've found with my 2 30-06's.
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Old September 13, 2010, 01:16 PM   #22
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First time posting, but I have been coming to these forums for a little while now to gather information for myself. Now it's time to contribute

I recently bought a new Winchester M70 .30-06 Sporter and decided that after spending $40 on 2 boxes of factory ammo that I should take up reloading. I started small and just use the Lee classic loader. I don't use a scale for my powder, just the included Lee dipper. Being a novice I decided to use H4350 powder and Hornady InterLock 180GR BTSP bullets. I'm quite happy with my results, as I don't think there is any reason to change my setup or buy more expensive equipment. I doubt I will be able to improve much reloading-wise.

Sorry for the big picture.

This is my first five shots with my handloads, so I was shooting to sight my rifle in. 125 yards. The flyer was due to either the fact that I didn't wipe out the oil in the barrel first, or that I was just too giddy and excited to shoot it. Take your pick.

But to agree with a couple of previous posters, I have found that the best bullets are of the hand made variety.
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