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#3310488 - 08/03/13 08:48 AM 30-06 shooters, couple questions for ya...
Rubberduck270
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Any of ya'll shoot Federal Premium with 150 gr. Sierra Game Kings? I've got 2 full boxes I picked up in a trade somewhere but I've never shot Sierra bullets out of anything before. Not sure of how they'll perform at close ranges. http://www.midwayusa.com/product/498935/...-tail-box-of-20

For those of you that don't shoot the Game Kings, whats your favorite 30-06 round? Leaning towards 180 grs. since I'm setting the gun up for a woods sit (shots >100 yrds).
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#3310500 - 08/03/13 09:12 AM Re: 30-06 shooters, couple questions for ya... [Re: Rubberduck270]
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I like 165 gr bullets out of my 06 or .308. I would shoot 150s before 180s for deer.
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#3310510 - 08/03/13 09:29 AM Re: 30-06 shooters, couple questions for ya... [Re: Kimberman]
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I only reload for my 06. I have used 150 grain Nosler partitions until last season, when we tried out Accubonds. Since 1984 from 75 yards to over 200, every deer shot has died, never traveling more than 20 yards.

150 is plenty of poison for deer.

And the Accubonds so far are living up to their reputation.

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#3310513 - 08/03/13 09:33 AM Re: 30-06 shooters, couple questions for ya... [Re: Kimberman]
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 Originally Posted By: Kimberman
I like 165 gr bullets out of my 06 or .308. I would shoot 150s before 180s for deer.




me as well.
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#3310515 - 08/03/13 09:35 AM Re: 30-06 shooters, couple questions for ya... [Re: Kimberman]
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 Originally Posted By: Kimberman
I like 165 gr bullets out of my 06 or .308. I would shoot 150s before 180s for deer.
seems like the best load for mine also

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#3310567 - 08/03/13 11:05 AM Re: 30-06 shooters, couple questions for ya... [Re: 1 good shot]
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I've killed a few deer with 140 gr Game Kings in a 260, the bullets did fine and killed quickly. The Game King is a cup and core style bullet isn't it? I've not heard any especially bad reports on the Game King and they should do well for you.
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#3310575 - 08/03/13 11:19 AM Re: 30-06 shooters, couple questions for ya... [Re: David Sapp]
Rubberduck270
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 Originally Posted By: David Sapp
I've killed a few deer with 140 gr Game Kings in a 260, the bullets did fine and killed quickly. The Game King is a cup and core style bullet isn't it? I've not heard any especially bad reports on the Game King and they should do well for you.

I think so. From what I can tell, expansion and penetration lies somewhere between a Nosler Partition and a Ballistic tip. They are boat-tailed and seem to do well at long ranges. Just didn't know if I would have fragmentation problems on 50 yrd shots.
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#3310600 - 08/03/13 11:59 AM Re: 30-06 shooters, couple questions for ya... [Re: Rubberduck270]
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The GKs will work fine plus they have always been very accurate across several rifles and calibers-no worries.
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#3310602 - 08/03/13 12:00 PM Re: 30-06 shooters, couple questions for ya... [Re: Rubberduck270]
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180gr core lokts for me.... 06 is my woods gun... They rarely take another step. I prefer high shoulder shots.
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#3310605 - 08/03/13 12:05 PM Re: 30-06 shooters, couple questions for ya... [Re: Roost 1]
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 Originally Posted By: Roost 1
180gr core lokts for me.... 06 is my woods gun... They rarely take another step. I prefer high shoulder shots.


i guess not. the 06 is a great round. the problem with them is that the loaded the factory fodder to such low pressures, due to the amount of old war rifles that are still use. you can buy bulk corelock bullets (not ammo) from midway dirt cheap. they can be loaded to 200 fps over the factory velocity. then they are truely devastating
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#3310607 - 08/03/13 12:13 PM Re: 30-06 shooters, couple questions for ya... [Re: redblood]
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It does not really matter if your shooting 150,165,180,sierra remington or nosler. The 30-06 was designed with killing in mind. And that is exactly what it will do.
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#3310615 - 08/03/13 12:30 PM Re: 30-06 shooters, couple questions for ya... [Re: redblood]
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 Originally Posted By: redblood
 Originally Posted By: Roost 1
180gr core lokts for me.... 06 is my woods gun... They rarely take another step. I prefer high shoulder shots.


i guess not. the 06 is a great round. the problem with them is that the loaded the factory fodder to such low pressures, due to the amount of old war rifles that are still use. you can buy bulk corelock bullets (not ammo) from midway dirt cheap. they can be loaded to 200 fps over the factory velocity. then they are truely devastating


I do not reload. The factory loads work great the with the application I use.
For deer hunting I almost always use the Remington Core-lokts
in all my rifles. They are usually the cheapest bullets available and I don't
believe you need the premium bullets for deer. At least I don't....
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#3310664 - 08/03/13 01:25 PM Re: 30-06 shooters, couple questions for ya... [Re: Roost 1]
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I use handloads in all of my rifles. My .30-06 gets fed 165 Hornady SP Interlocks exclusively, but I have used 140gr SGK BTSP in my .270 with good results on deer. This load was used to take a doe at 60yards 2 Christmases ago in the snow, and gave good expansion and complete pass-thru. I had a really cool cell phone pic for a while of the solid red blood trail on the white snow, but she only ran a 40yard circle and never went out of sight.
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#3310806 - 08/03/13 04:03 PM Re: 30-06 shooters, couple questions for ya... [Re: EastTNHunter]
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My best and biggest buck was taken with a Rem CoreLokt 150 gr round. Quartering toward me, just in front of the shoulder, and lodged under the skin between two broken ribs, and, it literally buckled straight down, drt. I like the Rem loads, factory that is, for their exceptional availability and price, and, like has already been mentioned, the -06 was built to kill, and it does, with the right shot placement. But, isn't that true with all calibers? This buck, btw, was 174lb field dressed, and shot at 70 yds, thru the woods. You probably won't go wrong with just about any of todays well known factory ammo imo tho. Good luck with your decision ;\)
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#3311361 - 08/04/13 09:48 AM Re: 30-06 shooters, couple questions for ya... [Re: MUP]
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In 1984 I bought a box of Federal 150 grain 30-06 for a Remington 7400 I had just purchased. I used five to set the scope. That November, I missed a small buck. I was crestfallen to say the least! I had to sell that rifle when I accidentally busted the windshield out of my sister's car in 1985 but kept the box of ammo.In 1989 I bought a Ruger model 77 in '06. That fall I took a spike at about 40 yards. Hit him in the neck and he dropped like a stone. In 1991, another spike bit the dust and dropped in his tracks same rifle and ammo. In 1994, I took a six point in Catoosa and he too fell where he stood. Eleven were now left from that 10 year old box. In 95, I moved to Scott County and had to sell the Ruger 77 to help cover the moving cost but I wisely kept the box of Federal's. After going "06-less for four years, I bought a WWI vintage Springfield 1903. That year two four points met their doom at the hands of those 150 grain Federal cartridges. One dropped straight down and the other took one step before collapsing. Now there were nine rounds left in the 15 year old box. The year 2003 found me again reaching for the old Springfield for opening day of rifle season and that evening a spike succumbed to the sting of the 19 year old Federal cartridges; down to eight rounds.Another dropped in its tracks kill. In '05 I took a fine eight point on Thanksgiving evening with the Springfield. He ran about 20 yards. With seven rounds still in the box I took a big six point late that season. He ran about 40 yards. In 2008, another big eight point fell before Springfield/Federal combination. He crumpled immediately. In 2009, my best friend died and left me his 1964 model Remington 700 30-06. I loaned it to my Dad who took a fat spike on opening evening of rifle season wit it loaded with the Federals. Three days later I took the rifle and dropped a huge eight point that dressed 155 lbs. That same evening, Dad killed a three point with it! Now, I'm looking forward to this season and will hunt some with the rifle and Federal ammo. I'm down to two rounds. I'd like to take one this year and save the final round remaining for the box's 30 year anniversary in 2014!
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#3311528 - 08/04/13 01:27 PM Re: 30-06 shooters, couple questions for ya... [Re: 348Winchester]
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Very cool chrono story of that ammo 348!
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#3311629 - 08/04/13 03:47 PM Re: 30-06 shooters, couple questions for ya... [Re: redblood]
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Federal Premium 180 Grain accu-bond. Just devastating
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#3311825 - 08/04/13 07:37 PM Re: 30-06 shooters, couple questions for ya... [Re: TNRifleman]
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Thanks for sharing.... Great story
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#3311941 - 08/04/13 08:52 PM Re: 30-06 shooters, couple questions for ya... [Re: Sako]
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150 Core-Lokt Is all I used. I hunted woods and fields out to 300 yards without a problem. Only shot one deer with them that didnt drop right away and I shot him in the heart off-handed walking in a field at 200 yards. I don't have a clue how many I've killed with it... But it's a bunch. We had unlimited limits on bucks and could kill a bunch of does also in a 4 month season in SC. Shot them as close as 10 yards out to probably 280 yards. Land owners that have farm land don't let you hunt if you don't keep the deer in check. One man had 1500 acres that I hunted for free and he was ticked if you let a fawn walk. They ate his wife's flowers... And she ruled the roost.
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#3312652 - 08/05/13 03:58 PM Re: 30-06 shooters, couple questions for ya... [Re: SilverFox]
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165gr Hornady SST Custom Rifle ammo.... (not the super performance).
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#3314033 - 08/06/13 08:29 PM Re: 30-06 shooters, couple questions for ya... [Re: Grizzly Johnson]
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Thanks for the input Gentlemen. I think I'll pick up a box of Fusions and Power Maxs and see which one it likes better.
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#3314217 - 08/06/13 10:21 PM Re: 30-06 shooters, couple questions for ya... [Re: Rubberduck270]
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Most of the bullets I load are Sierra. They are accurate and perform well on game. They might come apart at close range...like many other name brand bullets... but if you do your part, it will end with a dead animal.
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#3316737 - 08/08/13 11:20 PM Re: 30-06 shooters, couple questions for ya... [Re: redblood]
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150 gr Nosler ballistic tips
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#3324432 - 08/15/13 09:22 PM Re: 30-06 shooters, couple questions for ya... [Re: Roost 1]
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180gr Remington Core Lokt for me as well. They have been hard to find recently. I found some at Wally World today, but its been several months since I have seen them at various WalMarts in a 100 mile radius.
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#3324452 - 08/15/13 09:42 PM Re: 30-06 shooters, couple questions for ya... [Re: miller1buc]
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Alot of people may think I'm bull sh_ _ing but the most impressive kills I've every had is with a .243 shooting 100gr Sierra Gamekings at 200yrds.
I actually shot two that afternoon, a doe first- she died within 30yrds. Then a 8pt. buck - he ran in a circle and fell dead exactly where he was standing.
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#3324453 - 08/15/13 09:44 PM Re: 30-06 shooters, couple questions for ya... [Re: 280longshot]
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I just haven't shot any in a 30-06, but the Sierra Gameking is an excellent bullet.
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#3324538 - 08/15/13 11:32 PM Re: 30-06 shooters, couple questions for ya... [Re: 280longshot]
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Ive always been partial to 165gr loads ina 06. Ive shot a couple with 150s also but always go back to the 165s
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#3326603 - 08/18/13 12:07 PM Re: 30-06 shooters, couple questions for ya... [Re: Grizzly Johnson]
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I use 150/165/168/180 and load them all at roughly the same velocity and they hit almost exactly the same out to 100 which is the average shot around here. I use nosler almost exclusively but sierra is really good too.
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