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Originally Posted by Jerry D
Alright guys  I'm shooting a .3006 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 4500 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 4500 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

I ran the numbers and this is what I came up with=
These are "listed" max loads and velocities .
3006 Springfield.
!65 gr accubond @ 3000 ft/sec.
500 yards= bullet path with 100 yrd zero=  45.7" and 1602 ft/lbs of energy.
600 yards= " " " " " " =  74.4" " 1367 ft/lbs " .
700 yards= " " " " " " =  112.5" " 1161 ft/lbs " .
1000 yrds= " " " " " " =  301.2." " 701 ft/lbs " .
180 gr accubond @ 2700 ft/sec.
500 yrds = Bullet path with 100 yrd zero =  57.5" and 1429 ft/lbs of energy.
600 yrds = " " " " " " =  93.0" " 1223 ft/lbs " " .
700 yrds = " " " " " " =  140.0" " 1044 ft/lbs " " .
1000 yrds= " " " " " " =  370.6" " 651 ft/lbs " " .
So as you can see even at 1000 yards the 165 gr appears to be superior in
trajectory and energy.
And 700 yards appears to be about maximum range for ether bullet when
hunting deer size game.
There are bullets with better ballistic coefficients but these are hunting bullets
and are the same (Accubonds) for better comparisons.
I had though about switching to the 180 gr accubonds from the 160 gr ballistic tips
but I will stay the 165s.
Just some info to help.
J E CUSTOM