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Optimun Bullet weight for 500 yards

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Unread 01-04-2009, 07:21 PM
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Optimun Bullet weight for 500 yards

Alright guys - I'm shooting a .30-06 and I want to start shooting around 500 yards.

Let me explain the dilemma

I understand lighter bullets go faster initially but loose speed faster then a heavier bullet of the same design with a higher BC. Eventually the heavy one overcomes the light one... at what range would this happen approximately? I'm thinking 4-500 yards?

I understand that heavier bullets of the same design have less wind drift at all ranges, even if the lighter one is shot faster.

Lighter bullets have more drift but less drop, while heavier ones have less drift and more drop... at ranges under 4-500 yards...

For 500 yards then, what is your optimum bullet weight and BC that your aiming for?

I want to use bullets that are good for hunting and currently I am looking at the 168 grain nosler ballistic tip and perhaps the 165 grain accubond. I think about 165grain weight range is good for 500 or would I be a lot smarter to step it up again a notch to the 180 grain weight?

Drop generally is a constant and with a known range you should be able to dial it in almost precisely... however wind is ever changing. Perhaps a heavy bullet would be best as it will allow more room for error in wind readings?

Give me your advice on the matter please
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    Unread 01-04-2009, 08:37 PM
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    Re: Optimun Bullet weight for 500 yards

    The bullets I would try are the:

    1. 150 grain Nosler ETip .469
    2. 168 grain Nosler BT .490
    3. 168-190 grain bergers .512-572
    4. 200 Grain Nosler Accubond .588

    If you are hunting elk the 200 Grain Accubond would be my choice. The 168 Berger at .512 BC would be a great deer round.
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    Unread 01-05-2009, 06:32 PM
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    Re: Optimun Bullet weight for 500 yards

    You did not say what animal you are hunting. It will make a difference what we recommend.

    500 yards is not much of a strech for the 30-06. You need to choose something that is accurate.

    With no other information I would suggest Berger, Sierra match, and Hornady A-max in that order, at 168 gr to 190 gr depending upon accuracy obtained. Good luck!!! Ken
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    Unread 01-05-2009, 09:29 PM
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    Re: Optimun Bullet weight for 500 yards

    185 Berger VLD. Try IMR4064, any 4350, Varget (worked best for mine), 4895, or Re22 (for top velocity). AA2520 also works very well in the .06 with midrange bullet wts.
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    Unread 01-05-2009, 10:10 PM
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    Re: Optimun Bullet weight for 500 yards

    Derek is spot on with the 185g VLD. I use that bullet a lot the 180g AB would be an outstand choice as well.
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    Re: Optimun Bullet weight for 500 yards

    I would use the bullet my rifle shot the best and learn how to use that one regardless of how the BC is or isnt. Any decent bullet for a 3006 will have a BC reasonable enough to use at 500 yards. You cant always get your rifle to agree on the bullet that makes YOU the happiest. Let the rifle tell you what SHE wants to eat. And be happy about it.
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    Unread 01-06-2009, 06:30 PM
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    Re: Optimun Bullet weight for 500 yards

    if elk are in the equation and we're only going 500, i'd say try the 168TTSX.
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