i use the 55's too. and i really like em, but i like the 87 vmax better. i wasnt tryin to poke at ya or argue, but show that if we are just goin offa charts, we can make the #'s do just about anything. actually shooting these bullets in the 6mm's for a while now(thats all ive really shot), ive found out that the charts dont really help much. i hope u didnt take me as being combative.....
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I was surprised to see so many responses to the post...bit off topic but some great info to think about.
Well I purchased a Rem700 Police model, 26" barrel, .308 cal, HS Stock, matte black.
Just to be able to shoot the sucker, I picked up 168gr A-max factory loads. Give me something to do over the holiday weekend. [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/smile.gif[/img] [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/smile.gif[/img]
Ought to be a good choice. I used to make fun of the 308 but the more I've looked @ it, I'm not sure there is a better round for a guy to start out with. There a tons of excellent options for factory ammo, many bullets to choose from and it just seems to be a cartridge that flat out shoots well. Let us know how she does and post some pics when you get it rigged!!!!
the 308 is a great choice for any body wanting to get into long range shooting.
My personal favorite go to gun is one of the first one I built for my self it'll shoot into 1/2 moa out to 500yds all day long with FACTORY Black Hills 175's. My longest kill on a big game animal to date is with this gun at 618 lazer ranged yds on a white tail doe.
its not the flatest shooting , sexiest looking , loudest , shoulder jaring ,having to take out a loan to buy reloading supplies , but it flat out gets the job done !!!
Thanks Bill, I'm new to forums but been around this long-range shooting and ballistics all my life. I really enjoyed your thread from last year and I'm sure I'll get a chuckle out of this someday! I still use my 130 XLC"s in the ultra from time to time. They are wonderful on bear and elk if you aim for the shoulders and the recoil is negligible. I'll probably load a few 130 TSX eventually and I'll have more confidence in them opening up better than the original X's. With the 300 ULtra my favorite long range elk load is the 200 accubond due to its long range charateristics and construction. I'm glad the 55 grain bullet issue provided me with the opportunity to visit with a few folks out there and it demonstrates the depth of knowledge this forum has and its members. I'm open minded to anything that works but here's my situation. My son is getting $50.00 per coyote pelt,"he as learned to skin very well because I'm done with it", and the bigger bullets penetrate to much and destroy the hide. The little 55's blow up like a bomb and very rarely do I see an exit wound. Since we are keeping some of the "varmints" this brings up a unique aspect of bullet performance and it doesn't allow me to utilyze the optimum long range, highest B.C. bullet made on the planet for varmints like the rest of the clan. I'm not offended in any way by the feedback and I hope I haven't upset the forum to badly since I'm a "newbey. I can't disagree with any of you on the heavier bullets doping wind better but for "actual" killing critters in the field the 55's are working 95% of the time to our satisfaction but if there is a magic heavy bullet out there bring it on and I'll try it.
Ahhh, a pelt hunter. I shot a bobcat a few years ago w/those 55 grainers @ about 70 yds and guess what, no exit!! If a guy was wanting to conserve the pelts, that would be the way to go. I've often looked @ the 204 Ruger and thought that would be a great pelt gun. I wouldn't think you would ever get an exit w/a 32 gr bullet @ 4000 + fps.
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I'm not offended in any way by the feedback and I hope I haven't upset the forum to badly since I'm a "newbey. I can't disagree with any of you on the heavier bullets doping wind better but for "actual" killing critters in the field the 55's are working 95% of the time to our satisfaction but if there is a magic heavy bullet out there bring it on and I'll try it.
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Steve use whatever works for you.
To achieve the maximum possible accuracy, all variables must be remove or at least minimize.