We have used the hornady 178 gr ELDX for mule deer and elk and works greatIts time to work on my son's rifle- a left hand Tikka with a 20" Proof. It is currently at the gunsmith getting the barrel installed and chambered in 30-06 AI. This is his "only" rifle since he shoots left and all my rifles are righthand. (doesn't stop him from using them ) But he will be off to College in Idaho and will be taking just this one for hunting; antelope- deer, elk. He is a great shot, recording kills out to 600 yds with my 7 saum, and 300 wsm.
So what bullet, loads do you like? I know it will be up to what's available for the next while! but I got time to work on finding components!
That’s pretty fast! Good performance out of your set upI have a 30-06 AI that is built around the165 grain Nosler Accu-Bond. Talking to Lilja barrels I went with a 1-12 twist 3 groove #4 barrel @ 24". Using H4350 I'm getting 3100 Fps and under .5 accuracy with the setup. Rifle is built on a Pre64 and is one of my all time favorite rifles. Bullet has performed on many head of game from 500 yards, this rifle likes the bullet .065 of the lands.
You have never tried hammer have you?For a "one bullet" choice I would choose the Barnes 180gr TSX. I have had excellent performance with this bullet, total pass throughs, large entry hole and fist like exit holes with this bullet. Plus I believe either the 180gr or the 168gr weights are the optimum bullet for the "06".