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Old 12-05-2009, 11:31 PM   #11
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I'm with tango, I'd go with 150gr maybe 130. They will shoot a little flater and a goat isn't that big, should be more than enough weight to drop one.



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Old 12-06-2009, 12:10 AM   #12
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I have tried lighter bullets in my 700 but it is just more accurate with the 165's. If your barrel will print the lighter ones, I'd say go for it, I can only speak for my rifle.



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Old 12-06-2009, 03:35 AM   #13
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If you are going to take longer shots. 250+ then I would look at some berger 155gr Hunting VLD bullets.

I am running 150gr Hornady Interloc and getting 1" 5 shot groups out of my Remmy Model 30.

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Go to your local Wally world or equivalent and get your green box of cheap Remington Core-lokts. No need for the expensive uber bullets on thin skinned game as the cheaper bullets work just fine. Don't drink the cool-aid so to speak. As to the load question, that you will have to work out on your own. Get a couple of handloading reference books and have at it though it sounds like it's late in the game for load development and you want an instant panacea load.

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Old 02-06-2010, 12:08 AM   #15
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52-54 Grains IMR 4350 (work up), 165 gr. Nosler Ballistic Tip or Hornaday BTSP, Federal 210M Match Primer. Perfect and All you'll ever need for the Great '06

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That gives you some very accurate .308 level loads. Easy to shoot if you are shooting all day. My hunting loads go on up to the top of the scale. I took my deer this winter at 440 yards. 165 gr Hornady BTSP over max load of 4350. I am guessing a bit over 2950 coming out of the pipe. The lighter loads probably would have done it also, its just what you are used to.

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I also use 48 grains of 4064 with a 168 grain a-max in my Eddystone 1917. That load makes the bullet trajectory line up with my sight elevation settings.

Pretty popular load.

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As far as picking different weight bullets, you have to try some and see if your barrel likes them. My rifle barrel likes the 165's. That is what I get the best accuracy with. Your accuracy with lighter bullets may depend upon your barrel twist. I have a .308 that will handle 110's. But my .30-06 wont. So before anyone goes and invests in 100 rounds of something other than you know works, I would say try a few and see if you can get that 300 yard accuracy that you need from it. The hunting shows are full of long gut shots that lets the animal run a half a mile before it dies. I'd suspect that the hide and horns are alll that are salvageable from those.

Check your twist, depending upon the rifle year of manufacture and brand, the .30 cal twist could vary from 9 inches to 12 or 13 inches. The longer twists will handle lighter shorter bullets. The shorter twists like longer bullets. It is a matter of physics, not opinion.

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my 06 likes the 165 gr BT. My fav load is what I consider a max load of 59.5 gr H-4831 CCI mag primer. just off the barrel lands of my Rem. 700. Its a compressed load in most cases. Work up to this as your rifle may not digest this as mine does. Took me a couple hundred rounds to discover this load for my rifle. Could be Im a better shooter because of the practice too.

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Exactly right, other than I use 4350 powder. I also use a R700, military brass, and max load right off the lands. I also shoot a lot.

I might add, like the old timers told me. Practice does not make perfect. Only Perfect Practice makes perfect. Make smoke.



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