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150gr Core Lokt SP for 30-06?

Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by ForneyRider, Feb 28, 2010.

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  1. ForneyRider

    ForneyRider Member

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    Can I use these for general hunting at 30-06 speeds, 2800-3000fps?
     
  2. ants

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    Among the best and most affordable all-around square base hunting bullets.
     
  3. jimmyraythomason

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    What ants said +1.
     
  4. 41 Mag

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    Absolutely, and you will probably find like I did many years ago they will do what they are supposed to over and over again.

    The CL isn't called the "deadliest mushroom in the woods" for nothing.

    Good luck with your loads and your hunting.
     
  5. calaverasslim

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    Core-Lokt is about all load with, 270, 308, 30-30, 30-06 and 35 Rem. I do my part and they are all one shot stops
     
  6. Walkalong

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    Great bullets. 150 Gr is a bit light for .06, but great bullets. One of the guys here in the shop discovered Core-lokt bullets this season. He kept going on and on about how well they did vs what he had been shoooting. (Alabama deer, by the way)
     
  7. shaggy430

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    I find 150 gr to be ideal in the '06 for deer.
     
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    I discovered those on Alabama (and Georgia) deer about 30yrs ago. Sierras and Speer's (and later Nosler B.T.'s) are many times more accurate (but not always), but nothing is better for putting meat on the ground. The 150gr is more than adequate for anything in the lower 48. My brother has taken a number of Elk with his .308 and 150gr bullets, and he won't change to anything heavier even after trying some 165's. I however did take 180 CoreLokts in my '06 to Wyoming this past year, simply because my friend/guide requested I bring something that would handle a Grizzly in case we got 'entangled' with one. I saw more moose and grizzlies than I saw "shootable" elk..... Go figure!

    I had never shot any Corlokts through my .257Roberts until about 8yrs ago. Didn't realize what I was missing. My wife took her first deer with the Roberts and 100gr Corelokts. She asked what the big deal was about killing deer, it was just bang-flop ????

    In my 7mm-08 I haven't found anything better than either the Remington 140 or 150gr Corlokts and 150gr Winchester Power Points. On the two deer I shot with the 140gr Nosler Partitions, I been underwhelmed as the Corlokts penetrated better, meaning I recovered both Noslers, but NEVER a Corlokt. Ditto with the 25cal. The Winchesters are the most accurate bullets in the 7mm08, and are quicker opening than the Noslers.... and half as expensive.

    The closest performing bullets to the Corlokts are the Hornady flat-based Interlokts.

    I can, and probably will get along for the rest of my hunting career with the Corlokts and Interlokts.... Which ever I can get the cheapest, on sale. But I will still do accuracy testing with the Sierra's, Speer's, and Noslers......... Just to keep Hornady and Remington HONEST.......

    My only complaint against the Corelokts is that they're much more expensive than they used to be, even compared against the other bullets. Last time I bought some 200gr Corlokts for the .35, they were more expensive than the Sierra's or Speer's.
     
  9. Walkalong

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    Yes. 150 is fine for deer. It's a bit light for the caliber. The .30-06 comes into its own with heavier bullets. No sense in going bigger than .30-30 or .308 if you are shooting 150's. Naturally the handloader can duplicate that in the .06. Forget I mentioned it.

    My son hunted with 150 Gr Core Lokts in .30-30 this year. I prefer 165's in the .308, but they both work. :)
     
  10. ForneyRider

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    "150gr Core Lokt SP for 30-06? Can I use these for general hunting at 30-06 speeds, 2800-3000fps? "

    That's what they are made for. And very well made I may add.
     
  12. ants

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    Aww, geeze, Forney. Don't mess with us like that.

    Bullets made specifically for 30-30 are generally designed to open up upon impact at lower velocities. In most cases they have a lower copper to lead ratio. They won't get ripped apart in your gun if you shoot them at 3000fps. It's just that they are meant to open upon impact at lower velocities.

    Yes, you can use them in 30-06. No, they are not more effective than bullets made for higher velocities. Best to buy the right bullets.
     
  13. ForneyRider

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    Well, poop, I guess it is time to look at the Forster universal collet bullet puller.

    The inertia puller I have can barely move these bullets in nickel cases.
     
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    How many did you load? They are still good for practice. I hate to waste loaded rounds.

    Before buying a chuck (collet) puller, put one or two on the press with the seating die, and seat the bullet a half a tenth deeper. This may break the 'bond' at the crimp and make it easier to move. Worth a try.

    I'd still use them for practice.
     
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    I wasn't sure about core lockts until this year. I was very new to handloading and made a couple of stupid mistakes. I took ammo into the woods that wouldn't chamber in my rifle. I know it was stupid not to check. Anyway, the only other ammo I had was 165 gr factory core lockts. Shot a nice buck at 150-175 yds. (It was paced, so I'm not exactly sure how accurate, but somewhere in that range) It opened up just like it was supposed to and retained almost all of it's weight. My only complaint was no exit hole, but that's because he was quartering towards me and it passed almost through the entire animal lengthways. Can't blame the bullet for that. Flawless performance. It was out of a .30-06 by the way.
     
  16. ForneyRider

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    I ordered 150gr Game Kings and Hornady collet puller.

    The inertia puller barely moved the bullets in the nickel cases.

    I have a 30-30 and 3031 so the Core-Lokts will get used.

    Much Thanks!
     
  17. ranger335v

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    The bullets made for lever guns are FPs and RNs, not SPs.
     
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    +1 on the Core-Lokts. They are the deadliest mushroom in the woods.

    Just my .02,
    LeonCarr
     
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    Yep. What confused Forney is that MidwayUSA actually lists it as Soft Point. Here's their product description:

    Remington Core-Lokt Bullets 30-30 Winchester (308 Diameter) 150 Grain Soft Point

    So the OP referenced it as 150gr Core Lokt SP. It's actually the Remington round nose for 30-30, which is a darn good bullet for lever rifle.
     
  20. 41 Mag

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    ForneyRider,

    Those same bullets have shot very well from my .308 and 30-06 using start loads of IMR-4350, and H-4895. Very mild recoil and don't blow up when they hit. Nice for an afternoon of target practice or a mild hunting load.

    I also shoot them in my Contender chambered for 30-30 AI, and running around 2200 fps they shoot ragged 1" one hole groups at 100yds.

    As for the rest of the CL's, you might have to tweak the seating depth a little here and there but once you hit what your rifle likes, your good to go, load them up and enjoy. As mentioned for the price, which HAS gone up along with everything else, they are still one of the better bulk bullets available.
     
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    With all the "new and better" bullets out there over the past decade or so the Remington Core-Lokt bullet sometimes is overlooked. Overlooking such a fine old time tested bullet would be a mistake. I don't know for sure but I would place a small bet on the Core-Lokt bullet taking more deer than any other bullet available.

    When pushing bullets very fast you will want a Premium bonded bullet but for normal hunting on thin skinned game the Core-Lokt bullet is probably the best bullet in it's price range.
     
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    with out a doubt like 41mag said great bulk bullet i have a pic of one that was recoverd from a deer and you couldnt ask for anything more form a bullet.
     
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    " I don't know for sure but I would place a small bet on the Core-Lokt bullet taking more deer than any other bullet available."

    You would be safe placing a very large bet on that, if you could find anyone to take you up on it.
     
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    I know that and you are right, I just didn't want to sound like a know-it-all... ;)
     
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    IMHO Core-Lokt are a slam dunk for the eastern whitetail. The 150's are great but I prefer the 170's in my 30-30's when in brush country. In the 308, 300 SAV and 30-06 150 psp are the ticket for a light duty utility loading.
     
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