If I were to take my '06 out after the Wyoming speed goat, I would probably go with something like the 165gr BTSP (something like the Nosler Solid Base). They are a lot cheaper to load than the 165gr TSX that I load for elk, but are close enough to the same trajectory that I don't need to do much adjusting. A good flat shooting boat tail makes great medicine for putting down just about anything.
My #1 choice caliber for the speed goat is the 6mm Remington with 85gr boat tails. Fast, flat shooting, and plenty of weight for even the biggest goat. You don't need lots of weight to put them down, but might need to reach out there some.
Dont lose any sleep over over which load and caliber. I have shoot nearly 30 pronghorns and guided hunters into another 30. I have taken them with everything from a Smith and Wesson 357 mag and Colt 1911 both with iron sights. Have used 375 H&H,35 Whelen,338Win Mag, 30-30,25-35,222Rem,25-06,45-90,32-30, 223Rem to name just a few. Just learn to shoot well, dont take any running shots, and keep your shots under 350 yards and you should do well with about any spitzer load.
Finding a desirable load is always very important, although, two different firearms will not shoot a particular load with the same accuracy. My 06 shoots a 168 gr. Sierra Match King with 48 grs. of 4064 nicely. I have found that IMR 4064 works well in most of the rifle calibers I reload for, although, for antelope you may want to try a 150 gr. ballistic tip bullet for long distant shooting. Don't get me wrong, there is no substitute for practice, although, confidence in your ammunition will aid in your over-all performance (IMO). Good Luck , Shoot Straight, and Stay Safe, Joe
Agreed! Nosler 165 grain Ballistic Tip bullets over 48 grains of IMR 4064 is a great hand load for the venerable .30-06. I have killed many a Texas whitetail at 100 - 300 yards with that combination. Many times there was NO exit wound - all the kinetic energy stayed in the deer. I have never had to track a wounded deer more than 30 yards with that load. Most drop stone dead right on the spot.
On light game like the antelope and those pesky little whitetails, I like the Hornady BTSP 165 gr. I think that they open up better on light game, and I often recover the bullet. I load H 4350 powder at max recommendation to get a bit over 2900 fps. That is an extremely accurate load in my M700. I should say it is extremely accurate at range, 300+ yards are in the cooler.
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Me I would look at a 150gr load. They are speed goats not Water Buffalo.
I agree with not taking any running shots. I had a buddy that shot his first one running and the meat was nasty. Then I learned that they produce so much adrenaline when they are running it makes the meat taste bad. I don't know if that is why but I can tell you it was nasty tasting meat from the running shot.