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Old 09-14-2013, 05:28 AM
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Bullet selection 30-06

So there isn't much available right now for 30 cal. My top choices are 178 amax or 208 BTHP. They will both be around 1550 fps at 800m. So that would be the potential top end for hunting. The 208 would offer the best penetration, but I think the amax would open up better due to the plastic tip.

Also there is 190 and 200 smk. The range for those would be a little less.

So what do you guys think I should try first?
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Old 09-14-2013, 06:46 AM
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So there isn't much available right now for 30 cal. My top choices are 178 amax or 208 BTHP. They will both be around 1550 fps at 800m. So that would be the potential top end for hunting. The 208 would offer the best penetration, but I think the amax would open up better due to the plastic tip.

Also there is 190 and 200 smk. The range for those would be a little less.

So what do you guys think I should try first?
For hunting what? I would not pick either of them based on the info you gave us. If we are talking deer, I would say 155g VLD, or 165g SBT if its something else we need to know.
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Old 09-14-2013, 01:54 PM
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Re: Bullet selection 30-06

I am moving to Africa so the game will be a little different. Basically up to modest elk size. ~500lbs

The lighter bullets you mention look like they will run out of stream faster. I am trying to keep impact velocity around 1600fps minimum. The heavier gamekings are out of stock right now.

A couple things about Bergers in general: First is the price. Cheaper bullets contribute to more shooting. Second I've heard they are more difficult to load for accuracy. Sierra and Hornady are more user friendly.

The Amax has a lot of good reviews in hunting use. What don't you like about them?
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Old 09-14-2013, 09:57 PM
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I am moving to Africa so the game will be a little different. Basically up to modest elk size. ~500lbs

The lighter bullets you mention look like they will run out of stream faster. I am trying to keep impact velocity around 1600fps minimum. The heavier gamekings are out of stock right now.

A couple things about Bergers in general: First is the price. Cheaper bullets contribute to more shooting. Second I've heard they are more difficult to load for accuracy. Sierra and Hornady are more user friendly.

The Amax has a lot of good reviews in hunting use. What don't you like about them?
Bergers are the easiest bullet I have ever loaded! I would use a barnes ttsx, tsx or a bear claw in Africa basically anything that is bonded! Amax would be my last choice and never a smk in the situations your talking about. Guys here use the smk but only in the big.338 rounds for the most part where mass out weighs the bullets weak points.
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Old 09-15-2013, 01:45 AM
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Re: Bullet selection 30-06

OK thanks. I'll keep looking.
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Old 09-15-2013, 04:47 AM
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Re: Bullet selection 30-06

200 grain Nosler Accubond...it'll do what you say you need when started at a MV of around 2,650 fps.


With non magnum rounds its very important to have a bullet purpose built for hunting.

The Amax does OK on small stuff but its not really tough enough for 500 pound animals with teeth and claws (like angry lions)...
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I am moving to Africa so the game will be a little different. Basically up to modest elk size. ~500lbs

The lighter bullets you mention look like they will run out of stream faster. I am trying to keep impact velocity around 1600fps minimum.
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