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What bullet would you load in a 30-06 for hunting & long range precision shooting?

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Unread 12-31-2008, 12:04 PM
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What bullet would you load in a 30-06 for hunting & long range precision shooting?

Iíve been shooting at long range now for about a year with my 110fp heavy barreled 30-06. Iíve been using 168gr match-king bullets and have gotten great results doing so, but Iíd like to start using a bullet that is heavier and is also made to take game.

I will be using the rifle 99% of the time at the range out to 1000 yards, but this gun also goes bear hunting. I am leaning towards the Sierra 200gr gameking and the 208gr Hornady A-max. I have a box of each and Iíll be doing load development on both to see what shoots the best.

I figured it wouldnít hurt to ask everyone here if you all have any recommendations before I get too carried away. I just thought that since itís a 30-06 and not a 308 that I should at least try a heavier bullet to the most advantages out of the 30-06 as I can.

Iím open to any suggestions. Thanks ahead of time!
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    Re: What bullet would you load in a 30-06 for hunting & long range precision shooting

    if i was in your shoes i'd probly try those 2 bullets too!
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    Re: What bullet would you load in a 30-06 for hunting & long range precision shooting

    For heavy Bullets, 190g Berger VLDs. Those 200g Gamekings and 208g A-max Bullets area good choice as well.

    However, I've found that the .30-06 is at it's absolute best with a 165g Sierra Gameking. Very Flat shooting, it will kill it if you hit it .

    I use these religiously out of my custom .30-06 AI with a Semi Bull 26" bbl. 168g shoot even better, and I killed a nice 4x4 Muley with the Bergers 2 yrs ago and they do a wonderful job as well, but the Sierras are more economical, and I'm rasing kids right now. and They shoot as good as the Bergers in my rifle.

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    Re: What bullet would you load in a 30-06 for hunting & long range precision shooting

    Shooting a 06 for matches using 180 speer spbt bullet
    has a BC of .540 works great for both....... .02
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    Re: What bullet would you load in a 30-06 for hunting & long range precision shooting

    180 Accubond would do all you need. I have 3 loads for my .06 right now:

    168 TTSX/Re19/Win brass/210M
    180 AB/Re19/Win brass/210M
    185 Berger VLD/Varget/Lapua/210M

    They all shoot very well. If I was going to shoot beyond 600 yards, I'd prefer the VLD or AB.

    The VLD works best in my rifle with a 15 thou jam or 10 thou off lands. AB is set to 25 thou off lands if I recall.

    All 3 work very well on black bear.
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    Re: What bullet would you load in a 30-06 for hunting & long range precision shooting

    This weekend I'll be able to try out some 190gr matchkings. They aren't my idea hunting load, but I'm really interested to see how well they do for long range shooting.
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    SMKs are very accurate bullets.
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