Flatpoints in a 30-06


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Hoopie
November 12, 2007, 06:09 PM
Anyone out there loading flatpoints in a 30-06? I'll be hunting in W.V. this year and shots won't be over 150 yards. I'm thinkin a heavy 30-30 bullet loaded to 30-06 velocities would lay the smack down on a whitetail or two. Lookin for your opinions/experience.
thanks

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ReloaderFred
November 12, 2007, 08:11 PM
Years ago, when I lived near the desert, my favorite jackrabbit load was a 150 grain .30-30 bullet loaded into a .30-06 at about 2,800 fps. The thin jacket and a lot of exposed lead that was meant to expand at about 2,200 fps really made for an explosive jackrabbit round.

The bottom line is you'll get a bullet that will over expand at .30-06 velocities, consequently destroying a lot of meat. I would stick with a bullet meant to expand at .30-06 velocities. Since a lot of deer are killed with .243 rifles, I doubt you'll need any special bullets in your .30-06.

I've always loaded the Hornady 165 grain SPBT in all my .30-06 hunting loads and I've taken everything from squirrels to elk with it. None of them have taken more than one shot.

Hope this helps.

Fred

bcp
November 12, 2007, 08:38 PM
Might have to experiment with seating depth to get good feeding. A sharp point can guide the cartridge into the chamber when it is misaligned better than a flat point can.

Bruce

USSR
November 12, 2007, 09:08 PM
you'll get a bullet that will over expand at .30-06 velocities, consequently destroying a lot of meat. I would stick with a bullet meant to expand at .30-06 velocities.

+1.

Don

Chrome
November 12, 2007, 09:33 PM
Jon...is that you?

Later,
Chrome...

IF it isn't, I was just talking about this with a guy on Friday. He mentioned wanting flat points, but being unable to find them. His thoughts were that a sholder hit would be a near instant drop. Personally, we've always used Core Lokt and never had an issue with dropping them.

smitty_bs
November 13, 2007, 10:31 AM
I'll be using 150gr Speer FPs in my 30/06 this coming weekend. They're over 43.5 grains of IMR4320. Don't know the velocity but I'm estimating about 2400fps.

This is about a 300 Savage load. I'll let you know how they work, my bet is that they'll be dynamite on the Wisconsin whitetails. Shots are usually in the 30 - 75 yard range.

Hutch
November 13, 2007, 09:17 PM
I had nearly the same question, see http://www.thehighroad.org/showthread.php?t=301108 Lots of good info.

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