Most accurate 30-06 bullet for 1:10 twist

Discussion in 'Long Range Hunting & Shooting' started by walserjack, Jun 2, 2011.

  1. walserjack

    walserjack Member

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    My buddy just bought a Weatherby Vanguard 30-06 and we want opinions on what hunting factory ammo would be most accurate out to 500 yards. the gun has a 26 inch barrell 1:10 twist. Any input would be very useful before we go to the range.
     
  2. liltank

    liltank Well-Known Member

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    Well considering I shot 110grn out of my 308 w/ a 1:10 twist, I would think the 30-06 will handle anything from 110 to 240. But for practicality's sake, I would suggest anything from 168 to 190 grain. Seeing as you are shooting factory ammo, I think you are going to find you will have to find several different brands and weights to see what it likes best. Look for things like "Trophy bonded", "SST", "Partition", "Soft Point Boat Tail", "Accu-Tip".

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  3. Dr. Vette

    Dr. Vette Well-Known Member

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    Absolutely. You might try 5 ammo types and have one that works well. Those that group reasonably at 100 yards should then be confirmed at 200. If they group poorly at 100 then they're out of the running. Every rifle is different as to which ammo types it does - or does not - like.

    FYI, most Vanguards shoot very well, but if for some reason yours does not then think seriously about swapping on a better stock than the factory plastic one. My Vanguard likes cheap ammo and expensive ammo, so I guess I'm lucky in that regard.
     
  4. rscott5028

    rscott5028 Well-Known Member

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    As stated above, factory ammo is hit or miss. Your rifle may like anything you feed it. Or, you might have to purchase several complete boxes of ammo to find the right load.

    1:10 twist should be good for up to 220gr +/-
     
  5. roninflag

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    one of the plastic tip 165 to 168 grain. probably
     
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    Aldon Well-Known Member

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    The Blue Boxed Federal Power Shoks are very forgiving or universally good. They have killed a lot of game even though they are not the latest technology to come down the pike.

    They were only slightly outperformed by premium bullet hand loads in my rig.
     
  8. WildRose

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    For accuracy I'd think the 165-180 grn range is going to be your best. For game hunting only if he's strictly going with factory ammo, try several of the Winchester Supreme and Federal Fusion loads, along with Hornady.
     
  9. 41mag

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    To be quite honest, I have had REALLY good luck with the standard plain wrapper Remington 150 and 165gr CL's as well as the above listed Federal blue box loads in both weights.

    For handloads, I have found that the 165'ish grain bullets give me somewhat of a more balanced load, usually giving good top end velocity with the extra weight and better BC's. Best powders I have found have been either brand of the 4350's IMR or Hodgdon, along with RL-19 and 22. Loaded into Winchester cases trimmed to length and stoked with Win-WLR primers, I have not found a need for much else to keep on the shelf.

    As mentioned the rifle will let you know which one shoots the best, but for hunting most critters up to and just a bit over 300# I wouldn't worry too much about the higher dollar "premium" type bullets. They might be great for a once in a lifetime trophy type hunt, but on average the standard C&C bullets will perform just as well for close to or less than half the cost. You also have to look at the cost of practicing, and when this is figured into the picture those $35 a box rounds get a bit pricey once you run through several boxes of them a month.
     
  10. roninflag

    roninflag Well-Known Member

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    WALSER- what did you find out ? did the vanguard shoot??
     
  11. texan79

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    Thats a pretty bold statement. My '06 won't shoot them as well as the 150 SST's. I'm of the opinion that you need to try several bullets/ weights/ manufactures to see whats gonna run the best.
     
  12. walserjack

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    Roninflag: we havent went yet. He is hung up on Hornady SST 150gr. And I recomended the Federal Premium Game King 165gr. We are going with those and probably some Win. Supreme Balistic silvertips 168gr. He is going to wait and see how I do with VLD's before buying in to the hype.