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Rem 700 30-06 Springfield Bullet/Load for Mulies and Whitetails?

 
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Old 12-31-2003, 09:16 AM
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Rem 700 30-06 Springfield Bullet/Load for Mulies and Whitetails?

Hey all, looking for recommendations on a bullet/load (off the shelf, I don't load my own yet) for eastern and western deer.

I've been looking at the Winchester Failsafe 165 grain, but from what I've read they recommend them for very large game such as elk and not so much for deer as they do not expand enough on smaller game.

I'll be sighting in a 30-06 that my father gave me sometime in the near future, and am looking for a few bullets/loads to try out.

Considering I may hunt out west where longer shots are present, as well a out east, I figure the best bet is something in the 165 grain size for flatter trajectory but something that both penetrates at short (higher KE) and longer (lower KE) distances.

Not sure if there is an all inclusive bullet that will perform well on both smaller size deer (some eastern whitetails) and larger size deer (western mulies and whitetails) at various ranges.

Better yet if I could get an all inclusive bullet for even larger game (such as elk), that would be great...but I doubt that is possible.

So, I'm thinking along the lines of maybe the Winchester Silver BTs in 168 grain for whitetails/mulies and maybe the Failsafes for larger game like elk.

I also have my eye on the Nosler Partitions and the Barnes X-bullet and Barnes Triple-X.

Worth noting too, my father says the Remington 165 grain Core-Lokt bullets shoot great out of this particular 30-06, but I am not sure how they will be on mulies at longer ranges, since he has only taken whitetails (eastern) usually under 100 yards with them.

What do you all think?
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Old 12-31-2003, 10:34 AM
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Re: Rem 700 30-06 Springfield Bullet/Load for Mulies and Whitetails?

I know if I had a 30-06 and needed to use factory ammo, I would at least try the Federal Gold Medal Match 168 grain SMK ammo.

This will be good for long range deer. At least in my opinion.
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Old 12-31-2003, 11:00 AM
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Re: Rem 700 30-06 Springfield Bullet/Load for Mulies and Whitetails?

I hunt with a '06 and Gibbs and have used the Hornady Interlocks, now SST for years. Their performance on deer is superb. Have not recovered a bullet yet.

For factory ammo, I would look at the Hornady ammo using this bullet. Also, the light magnum is great if it shoots in your rifle.

The premium stuff isn't needed in this vel range and will work worse at LR due to lower impact vel. Check out the many posts on that subject and you will see that conventional bullets work very well when impact vel is understood.

Good luck with your hunts.

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Old 01-01-2004, 12:00 AM
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Re: Rem 700 30-06 Springfield Bullet/Load for Mulies and Whitetails?

I agree with Jerry, for deer and such, you can not beat Hornady Interlocks out of a 06. I have harvested MANY animals with Hornady Interlocks out of Many different rifles and calibers. My favorite bullet for non - dangerous game.

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Old 01-01-2004, 12:13 AM
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Re: Rem 700 30-06 Springfield Bullet/Load for Mulies and Whitetails?

Stay away from the win/nosler/ silver tips the bullets are p.o.s. i shot 3 deer with my .308win last year with the 168gr, yes the deer died but the jacket/core sparated and none of the bullets made it to the opposite hide, the ranges were from 50-200 yards. I switched to the hornady interbond this year, they shot good but i didn't see anything to shoot at.
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Old 01-01-2004, 12:17 AM
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Re: Rem 700 30-06 Springfield Bullet/Load for Mulies and Whitetails?

I shoot the 240 grain .45 caliber Hornady XTPs out of my .50 cal ML (using a .50 cal Knight sabot sleeve) and they are absolutely awesome.

Taken several whitetails with them over the years and they've performed great.

So, I definitely like the Hornady bullets...but that is simply based on my extremely limited experience with them per the above.
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Old 01-01-2004, 12:20 AM
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Re: Rem 700 30-06 Springfield Bullet/Load for Mulies and Whitetails?

Brian, were you using factory loads or your own? Can you give some info on the loads you used?

I've heard when using the silver tips under too much velocity, they essentially explode before they achieve good penetration.

Of course, the Fail Safes are a much harder bullet intended to maintain form and weight under higher velocities (and ranges) to ensure good penetration.

I was thinking of using the Fail Safes...but from what I've read they seem reserved for larger game and may be overkill for mulies and whitetails?
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