Originally Posted by ICANHITHIMMAN
I like this over the 215 for the 30-06 but the 215 may do just fine, other options could be accubond or ttsx in 180 or 200g
My reasoning for the 215 is,
When it comes to hunting and penetration, heavier foe cal bullets almost always perform best and this is especially true for frangible VLD's. If you check out Broz's thread you'll see the best performance for penetration was beyond 500 yds. Inside 500 he was not getting exits. They worked fine for lung shots but the lower velocity impacts were best for penetration like for a quartering or shoulder shot. Berger advertises 13"-15" penetration which is consistent with Broz's closer high velocity impacts. A 30-06 is essentially a 300 WM 200-300 yds farther down range.
I have not loaded for a 30-06 and haven't seen any data on 215's in an .06 but I know of at least 2 members getting over 2700 fps in 308's using RL17 and 208 Amax's. I have pushed 210 VLD's to 2930 in a 24" 300 WSM with RL17. The .06 falls right between so I would guess 2700 fps is very doable with the 215's. Bros was getting over 3000 in his 28" WM and H1000.
The 208 Amax's are probably as good a choice as the 210 ABLR's. And most any 180 gr bullet or heavier will probably do well inside 500-600 yds depending on load and BC. I think the edge goes to the 215.