Re: Ground Hog load for 30-06
Here's another thought.
How many rounds do you anticipate firing at a sitting, and, here's the important part, how far are you shooting?
Berger makes their 30 cal hunting VLD's as light as 155 gr. This will give you superior BC to the light weights we have been discussing, and I have found them to be deadly on ground hogs, even at extended ranges.
I use the 180 gr 7mm version in a LR 7 mag. They have worked unbelievably well out past 1100 yards.
The 140 gr version I am using in my 270 WSM will turn about turn a 'hog inside out at 350, and provided DRT kills out to 600.
The Bergers would be good practice, and a load that would be just as deadly on LR deer. That's why I shoot so many GH's with my 270, it's the same load I use for deer and elk, and after shooting lots of little furrys, my confidence level is way high when shooting those big 'ol deer at similar ranges.