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Posted: 10/24/2003 12:56:33 PM EDT
What's your favorite loading for deer and elk in '06? Would like to know price per box as well. Thanks.
Link Posted: 10/24/2003 1:07:18 PM EDT
Price will vary by area, but for something in the standard white tail deer range. Any factory 150grain would do well. For Elk, I would go with a 165 grian at the bottom end, but a 180 would do better IMO. I would go with Lapua, Norma, Federal Classic or Remington. Federal Premium and Speer would be fine as well. I hear some of the Winchester Supreme is good ammo but have no experience with it.
Link Posted: 10/24/2003 5:08:29 PM EDT
For whitetail I currently use reloads with 165 gr Sierra GameKing BTHP's. But before that I always used Remington 150 gr Core-Lokt SP's with great success. You can drop by your area Wal-Mart and pick up a box of these for $11-$12 usually. It's not very expensive by modern ammo standards. I never hunt elk but if I did I would likely choose one of the better 180 gr loads, perhaps the Federal Premium load using the Trophy Bonded bullets. However, some of these loads are rather hot (marked "high energy") and are not suited to semi-auto's. -CH
Link Posted: 10/24/2003 5:53:37 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 10/25/2003 5:54:28 AM EDT by out4trout]
I really like Speer Nitrex 30-06 with the 165 gr. Grand Slam bullet. I brought down a beautiful bull at 148 paces two years ago in the Gunnison River drainage in Colorado. One shot, great expansion and retention. I weighed the bullet I dug out of the bull's shoulder on my scale at home: It was 156.7 gr. You can't ask for much better than that. Now that's all I'll use on elk. Speer Nitrex also comes in 150 gr. & 180 gr.version but I never tried them.
Link Posted: 10/25/2003 4:40:06 PM EDT
My father, brothers and I handload with 165gr Hornady bullets. I've never had a deer run more than 50 feet and most have gone down immediately. Haven't hunted elk yet.
Link Posted: 10/27/2003 4:01:54 AM EDT
Been using Remington 180 grain pointed soft points for 30 years. Killed 40+ deer and one hog no problem. $10.87 at Wallmart. MIKE.
Link Posted: 11/8/2003 1:12:08 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 11/8/2003 1:14:07 PM EDT by Megistopoda]
EDITED TO INCLUDE PRICE PER BOX: Winchester Super-X 150gr pointed soft point for deer....about $9.00 on sale at WalMart (at least the last stuff I bought). Whitetail hunting with a high-power is like shooting fish out of a barrel. Great eating, but really little challenge. For me, I have shot them (using an '06) with everything from 150-210gr bullets. Here in TX the deer are small, and I like the 150's. A decent '06 hit on a whitetail will put it down, no matter what you use. My plan is...the next two will be taken with a Garand and my 16" AR.... For elk, I think that you want a fairly hopped-up 180gr. bullet, like the Nosler partition or somethin equivalent. Just something that retains much of it's weight. Elk hunting ain't no deer hunting! But there are lots of guys who pay LOTS of money for equipped, guided hunts (these guys don't hunt much)...and they are willing to spend out the ass for super-duper--ultra-premiu-titanium (whatever the new flavor of the week it is) rounds. I say, more power to them as I kill my game with the cheap stuff!
Link Posted: 11/8/2003 5:18:07 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 11/8/2003 5:20:53 PM EDT by SBR7_11]
Originally Posted By VICAP: My father, brothers and I handload with 165gr Hornady bullets.
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[blue] Another vote for the 165gr Hornady SP in a handload. Been using with AA-2520 for a number of year, but after a 10" drop at 325yd 2 yr ago, I changed to 57gr of IMR-4350, and the rifle is a "cannon" now. Shot 1 at at approx 200yd last year, spotter said the deer jumped up off the ground, ran maybe 75yd, and crashed. Shot a second at maybe 150yd, it ran 30-40yd and crashed.[/blue]
Link Posted: 11/8/2003 8:14:04 PM EDT
For Elk and Moose I use the same 200gr Federal S/P for over 15 years. Bigger game need the heavier bullets to brake bones if hit. I have never lost a Elk or Moose with this load and 90% of the time it gives an exit wound. Runs about $17.99 a box in a store $14.99 on line.
Link Posted: 11/9/2003 8:30:09 PM EDT
220 gr round nose soft points, remington green box, walmart, under 15 bucks a box. Deer don't even wiggle when hit with these. Should be fine for elk or bear. I use my m1 garand hunting so I handload a 168 gr. ballistic silver tip (nosler) over 4064 at about 2750 fps. Runs a bit over 10 bucks per 20. I dropped two deer in their tracks during an early deer hunt with this load.
Link Posted: 11/13/2003 7:53:13 PM EDT
I have seen a lot of deer shot with 30-06 ammo and in my experience it is a good killer but the inexpensive ammo, especially with 165 grain and lighter bullets damages a lot of meat. I use 180 handloads with the 180 grain Nosler Partition bullet for deer AND Elk with great results. Full penetration gives two holes for blood to run out and meat damage is minimal yet lungs (and heart if you are even close) are pulverized for a fast clean kill. Federal loads this bullet in their Premium line and also the excelent tropy bonded bullet. I spend a lot of time and a couple hundred dollars to go hunting, saving $6 on cheap ammo and getting a bunch of damaged meat is poor economy. Better bullets is one of the few real improvements technology has brought hunters in past 10-15 years - USE IT!
Link Posted: 11/14/2003 1:04:03 PM EDT
Originally Posted By shotgun: What's your favorite loading for deer and elk in '06? Would like to know price per box as well. Thanks.
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Winchester supreme 168gr Ballistictip.
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