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30-06 General Hunting Bullet Recommendation

 
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Old 12-03-2012, 09:38 AM
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30-06 General Hunting Bullet Recommendation

I am looking for a recommendation for a general hunting bullet for a 30-06.

This will be used for shots from 10 yards to probably only 300, even 200 would be a longer shot for this rifle's intended use.

I will be hunting PA whitetail, and black bear, black bear will weigh 250 or more, realistically, anywhere from 250-500, could be bigger, but we do not see them much bigger than that normally.

what would be a good bullet for my intended uses? I probably follow more the train of thought with Berger and massive damage, I just worry about them with a bear up close, particularly with bone, or a scapula or skull shot depending on the angle, any merit to that?

thanks in advance.
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Old 12-03-2012, 10:03 AM
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Re: 30-06 General Hunting Bullet Recommendation

For the shots you listed BC is meaningless so it is all about what shoots well in your gun and terminal performance.

One of my personal favorite bullets for this type of hunting is the Hornady BTSP. They are accurate in most any gun, and they shed enough weight to cause damage but still hold enough to get good penetration. Plus they are very cheap compared to all of the premium bullets now days!

If you are going to go the berger route because of the terminal performance aspects, I would just make sure you go with some of the heavier for caliber bullets for bears. The 185 classic hunter or the 210-215 hybrids will be deadly on those bears. You could use the same bullets for deer if you want to keep it simple or drop down to the 165 grain range and be just fine.

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Scot E.
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Old 12-03-2012, 10:12 AM
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Re: 30-06 General Hunting Bullet Recommendation

thanks, and I completely agree with you on BC being meaningless and such.

the Hornady BTSP seems like a good choice, I will look into them, any weight ranges that seem to work better or worse?

also, this particular gun does not seem to like flat base bullets, I probably should have mentioned that.

thanks again.
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Old 12-03-2012, 11:52 AM
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Re: 30-06 General Hunting Bullet Recommendation

The Bergers and BTSP's are both boat tails so that should help with your needs.

The BTSP's are available in 150,165, 180, and 190 grain. They would all work within the parameters you gave but the heavier bullets will give you a bit more insurance in case you hit bone or have a difficult angle and need the extra weight to get clear through the animal. I would pick the heaviest bullet that shoots well personally.

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Old 12-03-2012, 11:56 AM
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Re: 30-06 General Hunting Bullet Recommendation

A tough all around bullet you might wanna consider is the accubond.....

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Re: 30-06 General Hunting Bullet Recommendation

The 180 Partition is pretty much the ultimate bullet in this situation. heavy bullet so great penetration but the front end of the bullet will open and act somewhat like a Berger and throw out some shrapnel but it will retain enough weight to penetrate deep.
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Old 12-03-2012, 12:50 PM
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Re: 30-06 General Hunting Bullet Recommendation

I would like to use some Partitions, but, the gun does not like them. I have not played with them a lot, but I never had to play with other bullets much, groups were pretty bad in comparison with Partitions along with some other flat base bullets, so that is what I attributed it to. it was awhile ago, so I do not remember what they were.

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