Best bullet wieght for 30-06 w/1-10" twist


May 27, 2010, 06:42 PM
Like the title says, What is the best bullet wieght for a 22" barrel with a 1-10" twist rate. I am new to reloading for the '06 and wanting to save some money on trying different bullet wieghts.I am using IMR 4350 and Varget. The rifle is a Rem. 700 ADL if that matters. After firing the first time I will be just neck size the brass Thanks for the help.

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May 27, 2010, 07:11 PM
The beauty of the 1-10" twist in an '06 is, there is no one best bullet weight. You will probably find the bullet your rifle likes best will have a weight of between 150 and 200 grains, but a particular bullet's design, as well as your reloading technique, will be more of an accuracy determinate than bullet weight alone. Unfortunately, there is no substitute for load development.


Jim Watson
May 27, 2010, 07:39 PM
What is the target?
What is the (longest) range?

100 - 200 yards, I have had fine shooting from the 130 gr Speer JHP.
Farther, I would go straight to a 175 gr Sierra MK or something similar.

Unless for hunting and then you have to consider expansion and penetration.

May 27, 2010, 08:56 PM
The distance I am shooting at 99% of the time is 100 yards. I plan to go deer hunting this fall, but the average shot where I hunt is usually 60-75 yard range I just thought it might be more important like it is with my 223. I have some 165gr, Hornady BTSP that I have loaded with a couple of different powder to try out this weekend. I will see how that goes.

Doug b
May 27, 2010, 09:03 PM
Like Jim said check out the Speer 130 gr. JHP it's puts deer down real well under 300 yrds.Seems to work best for me with IMR 4064 but Varget is a close second.

May 27, 2010, 09:08 PM
Just about any hunting style bullet will work for you at under 100 yds. The 165 gr is good. If you have to take a going away shot on a trophy buck, you want the bullet to reach the chest cavity. So, 150 gr to 180 gr will do well in a 1-10 twist. I shot one with a 110gr using an 06 , dropped the buck where he stood. Not recommended to go that light.

May 27, 2010, 09:16 PM
Thanks for the help. I have a friend that has shot 11 deer with the Hornady 165gr. SST. He said the one that ran the most was only about 15 yards before it dropped. I was planning on using that bullet this fall.

May 28, 2010, 02:34 AM
I'll second that - the Hornady SST 165 is a great bullet IMO. Very accurate and I've taken several deer and also a couple of elk with it. One caveat - at closer ranges and high velocity it could be a little explosive, I think it would cause a lot of bloodshot if you were to hit a meaty part of the animal. I always go for a heart/lung shot and it will do a number there, I've never had an animal go more than a few yards.

May 28, 2010, 05:55 PM
IMO, a good quality 165gr is the best compromise of external ballistics for all around use in the 308 Win and the 30'06.


May 28, 2010, 11:23 PM
The Bowman Twist Equation (Google it, if you're curious) predicts you should be good with any bullet up to, and including, 250 grains.

May 29, 2010, 12:32 AM
I went to the range today. My load was a 165 gr. Hornady BTSP with 55.0 grs. of IMR 4350. I grouped a 5 shot group at 1-1/4" at 100 yards. I think I have found my load.

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