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Unread 06-07-2006, 03:01 PM
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30 cal bullets

Looking for bullet recomendations. I want to do some more loade development on my 300 rum for playing out to about 1000 yards. Till now I have only used the gun for hunting and have tried TSX 168's and nosler 168's. In running the numbers I am not seeing much of a benefit on switching to heavier bullets other than slightly less wind drift. Im looking for recomendation on higher BC bullets in the 168 to maybe 190 range and would prefer not to pay $50 a box.
Any recomendation for sierras,bergers,lapuas......
I cant seem to find much on lapua bullets
Thanks, Rob
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Unread 06-07-2006, 03:22 PM
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Re: 30 cal bullets

Try the 210 bergers or 220 SMKs. I think you'll notice a much better ES w/these heavier bullets than you will w/the lighter bullets. Makes hitting the mark @ 1k a little easier.
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Unread 06-07-2006, 04:00 PM
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Re: 30 cal bullets

178 AMAX, 190 SMK, 180 and 200 ACCUBOND for hunting.
Long range shooting is a process that ends with a result. Once you start to focus on the result (how bad your last shot was, how big the group is going to be, what your buck will score, what your match score is, what place you are in...) then you loose the capacity to focus on the process.
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Unread 06-07-2006, 04:43 PM
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Re: 30 cal bullets

+1 what meichele said. experienced long range hunters around here use the 210 bergers.
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Unread 06-07-2006, 05:06 PM
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Re: 30 cal bullets


while on paper the heavier, higher BC bullets may not seem to offer much of an advantage, I can assure you and I am sure most others on this board will also agree that using a heavy, long VLD or ULD type bullet with a high BC will make hits at long range MUCH easier then with a lighter, faster, lower BC bullet.

Don;t get to caught up in trajectories, bullet drop is easy to figure and is consistant. Wind drift is critical and even though it may not look like much on paper or a computer screen, the heavies will make consistant hits at long range easier.

They seem to make even more differnce then they are predicted to. Just my opinion.

Oh, and yes a heavier pill would make your big 300 RUM run much more consistantly as Bill stated.

I would start with a 200 gr Accubond but also look at the 200 gr SMK, 210 gr SMK and 210 gr Berger as well as the 210 gr Wildcat ULD RBBT. The Accubond is on the lower end BC wise but a better game bullet and generally very accurate.

The Berger, Sierra and Wildcat will offer higher BCs and also have plenty of bullet weight for big game hunting.

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Unread 06-07-2006, 06:23 PM
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Re: 30 cal bullets

Are you using Barnes' corrected BC of .404 for that bullet? Using it as an example, it'll have 75% more wind drift than a 240 SMK even when launched 500 fps faster. That's close to twice as much...this is what we're getting at.

As for bullets in that range, along with what others mentioned, don't forget the Interbond and Scirocco. They're both slippery suckers.
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Unread 06-07-2006, 07:00 PM
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Re: 30 cal bullets

If you are hunting deer or varmits you need a bullet that will still expand at long range when velocity is low. I have been shooting a .300 winchester over ten years for long range hunting. I have learned the more fragile the bullet the better the results. It is hard to beat a 178 a max or a 180 ballistic tip. I have used match kings in both my 300 and 308 with the same results, they just zip right through without expanding. They are a great bullet but have to heavy of a jacket for deer size game or smaller. I shot several dozen coyotes with the 175 and 190 SMK and they do a great job (very little pelt damage). The berger bullets with the j4 jacket show promise. The 190 and 210 are both great long range bullets. With the fragile jacket, high BC and an affordable price they will both make a great long range bullet. I plan on shooting the 190 vld bergers for hunting this year. The most important thing is to use an accurate bullet that will dispence its energy on target at long range. If you put a bullet through the vitals or shoulder blades no meat is ruined anyway so the harder you hit them the better. When you are looking at 160" of horns at long range (600-1200 yards) you dont want to ask your self did I hit him? You want to hear a pop and see a puff of smoke where a deer was standing. With your 300 rum and a 210 berger you will have a great long range hammer.
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