Mountain Mulies / 30.06 Grain Choice

Discussion in 'Rifles, Bullets, Barrels & Ballistics' started by Nvhunter, Jun 30, 2008.

  1. Nvhunter

    Nvhunter Well-Known Member

    Jun 24, 2008
    Last year I handloaded Speer 165 Gr Spitzer Boat Tails with H414 - 50 Grains and Standard Large rifle primers. Good results. 8000 Ft elevation, 275 Yds 32 degree uphill slope. 4X4 Mulie in the freezer & no damage to the meat.

    This load is a reduced load for that cartridge. I am looking for less drop between 200-500Yds this year.

    I am going to increase the speed of the round initially by increasing the H-414 Grain charge while initially sticking with the 165gr SPBT Speer bullets. I may move to a lighter bullet with a better BC, but I do not want to loose the stability in winds by moving to a bullet that is too light for wind @ 15-40 Knts.

    What have you other 30.06 shooters found to be a good performing handload. IE. Bullet manufacturer, Bullet weight and style, Powder type and charge, primer.

    Your feedback is appreciated.
  2. magicofmt

    magicofmt Well-Known Member

    May 9, 2005
    I haven't shot 30-06 for years but mine liked the 165 gr Ballistic Tips. Stay as heavy as you can, your gun should tell you what it likes, not what you like. Speed isn't everything, accuracy is!

    Good luck this year, what area do you hunt?

  3. jwp475

    jwp475 Well-Known Member

    Feb 4, 2005
    The 175 grain SMK would be excellent if you want to stay with Sierra's
  4. Nvhunter

    Nvhunter Well-Known Member

    Jun 24, 2008
    30.06 load

    Well, I am not primarily looking for an increase in speed. Primarily because I have yet to find game that can outrun any bullet.

    I hunt in the Nevada Mountains, any area of the state where I can get tagged. Mulie, Elk, Antelope, Mountain Lion in addition to Quail, Dove, Chuckar, Rabbit and hopefully - some year Himalayan Snowcock.

    What I am looking for is improved flight path while still retaining some (not all) resistance to change in path due to wind. Operating a reduced load currently results in a (approx) 25 inch drop sighting from a 200 yd Zero shooting at a 300 yd target. Rightfully so, 50gr H414 combined with 165gr bullet is like lobbing a mortar round flight path. That is pushing that round at its very lower limits. The advantage is - it is proven as a meat harvester and does very little damage.

    All in all, I think the best results may come from a combination of things, not one single factor.

    As far as getting drastic improvements in the .308 cal (30.06 chamber) I know that this caliber has limits, as do all. I also have a 7STW that I am building - that will give me the looong flat flight path that I want. However, that too comes with its limitations and tradeoffs.
    Last edited: Jun 30, 2008
  5. Derek M.

    Derek M. Well-Known Member

    Jul 12, 2004
    180 AB, H4350, Lapua, Fed 210 Match

    185 Berger VLD, Varget, Lapua, Fed 210 Match

    168 TTSX, Re19, WW, Fed 210 Match

    180 Speer spitzer, IMR4064, WW, Fed 210 Match

    180 TSX/TTSX, Re22, Lapua or WW, Fed 210 Match

    165 Sierra HPBT Gameking, IMR4350, WW, Fed 210 Match

    168 TSX, H4350 or AA2520, WW, Fed 210 Match

    165 Btip, Vihtavuori N160, WW, Fed 210 Match
  6. su37

    su37 Well-Known Member

    Jan 28, 2006
    Nosler E-Tip, 150 grain, 498 BC.

    I don't think it can get any better.
  7. mtmuley

    mtmuley Well-Known Member

    Apr 22, 2007
    The 150 gr .308 E-Tip has a bc of .469 as per Nosler. The 150 gr 7mm has a bc of .498. Still pretty impressive for a 150 gr .30 caliber bullet. I'm playing with the 180's in my .300 RUM. mtmuley