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Old 01-08-2012, 03:42 PM
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Recommendation for 30.06 - 180 grain

Hi gang I am looking for a recommendation on a 180 grain bullet (or larger) for my next elk trip to Idaho. I managed a 5x5 there a couple of years ago and used Speer Sptizer SP 165 grain bullets at 2,848 muzzle velocity. I hit that bull 3 times at 327 yards and I recovered all 3 bullets. I have attached a pic for reference. Weight retention looks good but they did not seem to mushroom all that much. That may be because all 3 shots were a bit back just behind the ribs. It just stood there so I kept on shooting.

I may have to use the 30.06 again this go around and I am strongly considering moving up to a larger bullet to get a little more oomph. I was thinking the 180 grain Speer Deepcurl might be ok.

We hunt semi open country where the shots can be long but Im looking at limiting my shots to about 400 yards max.

If anyone has a recommendation on a bullet please let me know. Thanks. Mike
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Old 01-08-2012, 06:58 PM
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Re: Recommendation for 30.06 - 180 grain

Give the 190gr Berger a try. I use a 06 for deer and elk and that bullet is the most accurate yet and it whacks um. 58gr H4831 @ 2680 fps.
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Old 01-08-2012, 11:45 PM
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Re: Recommendation for 30.06 - 180 grain

Nosler PT, I have used them for 50 years for a reason, they work.
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Old 01-09-2012, 12:00 AM
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Re: Recommendation for 30.06 - 180 grain

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Nosler PT, I have used them for 50 years for a reason, they work.
+1 Nosler Partitions work great as do the Nosler Accubonds. I've also had good luck in my sons 6mm Remington with the 90 gr. Nosler E-tip.

I have always shot the 165 gr. Partition or Accubond in my 30-06 (after Nosler stopped making the solid-base boattail) and have never felt I needed the 180 for elk. I think I would choose between the 165 and the 180 with any of these three bullets and shoot the one that my rifle shot the best out of them and stick with that. Having said that, It looks to me like the Speers worked well for you and I'm assuming they were recovered under the hide on the off-side. It's amazing what elk can withstand even when hit properly with a good bullet. Some elk just take more. I've heard good words on the Fusion, but like Elkmen, I'm a diehard Nosler fan and they build fantastic bullets.
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Old 01-09-2012, 08:44 AM
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Re: Recommendation for 30.06 - 180 grain

If you want more velocity with a 180 gr. bullet, I'd try the Hornady Superformance 180gr. 30'06 load. They shoot very well in my Model 700. I believe it's the fastest moving factory load.
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Old 01-09-2012, 11:10 AM
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Re: Recommendation for 30.06 - 180 grain

100% guaranteed shot placement problems. Look at the photos, those 3 bullets performed probably as close to perfect as possible. Those bullets being recovered from the Elk is proof that they expended 100% of their energy as deeply as possible. The problem is that the energy didn't go to the right place. Follow-up shots are common and Elk don't always fall down like they were dropped from a Helicopter! - I think you and your bullets did good enough!
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Old 01-09-2012, 11:43 AM
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Re: Recommendation for 30.06 - 180 grain

"Weight retention looks good but they did not seem to mushroom all that much. That may be because all 3 shots were a bit back just behind the ribs. It just stood there so I kept on shooting."

You're lucky he stood there to let you shoot him three times! Shoot him up front right tight to the front leg with those same bullets and maybe limit your shots to "under 300 yards" if you were "behind the ribs" on all three shots on that big animal!!! You certainly don't need any more "oomph", just proper bullet placement!
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