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30 cal hunters - Favorite whitetail bullet weight?

Discussion in 'Hunting' started by ldlfh7, Oct 21, 2013.

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  1. ldlfh7

    ldlfh7 Member

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    Hello to all the 30 cal hunters out there. I love the caliber although I also love many others but would like to discuss the 30 cal for this conversation. I am interested in hearing from people about their favorite whitetail bullet. Weight, brand, shape, bonded/non-bonded, style etc... I load several different ones and have taken whitetail with weights from 125 to 200 grains. I know they all work and every rifle is different in which ammo it prefers to eat. I am just looking to pick others brains on what they prefer and why.

    Thanks guys.
     
  2. Fremmer

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    Sierra game king 165 grn btsp by federal.
     
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  3. huntershooter

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    Nosler "Accubond", 150 gr.
    As accurate as Ballist Tips, bonded bullet assures penetraion.
     
  4. newfalguy101

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    I have used Hornaday 130's with good results, and my Savage 99 LOVES em!!

    I have also used 165's with good results, twas a no-name bullets that worked just fine, and my Savage 99 likes em way better than 150's
     
  5. Art Eatman

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    Me, my father and my uncle have been around 99% 150-grain. That's probably somewhere near 300 tagged bucks, over many decades.
     
  6. Geno

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    In my heavy barreled .308 Wins, I like the Lapua Scenar 155 grain for varmint and target. For hunting larger game in this same rifle, I like the Sierra or Hornady 150 grain. (1-12 twist)

    In my M1As, and standard weight barreled .308 Wins, I prefer the Sierra 165 grain, Game King BTHPs. (1-11 twist and 1-12 twist)

    In my .30-06 Sprg, I liked 165 grain Sierra BTHPs. (1-10 twist)

    In my Weatherby Mark V, .300 Win Mag I like the Hornady 165 grain GMX. (1-10 twist)

    Sorry if I provided too much info, but I would rather err on the side of too much.

    Geno
     
  7. ICE1210

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    30-06 / 150 gr. Nosler Ballistic Tips over 50.5 grains of 4198. Used this load for years, it's very accurate and will put a whitetail on the ground fast.
     
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    30-06 150 grain Seaira pro hunter or a Remington coreloc.
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    150 grain core lokts
     
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    180 gr. core-lokt.....................
     
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    150 gr. Core Lokt for many years now, no complaints at all!
     
  12. Arkansas Paul

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    I only have one .30 caliber rifle, a bolt action .30-06 and I have had excellent results with both 150 and 165 grain bullets. Whitetails aren't hard to kill and either is more than enough. If you want to shoot them at longer ranges however, the 165s will likely be the better choice.

    I would have to say my favorite that I have tried is a Nosler Ballistic Tip in either weight paired with IMR4350 for the 165s and Varget for the 150s.
     
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    I've gone back and forth between 150 and 165. Don't think it matters much and use whatever is more accurate in the individual gun.
     
  14. Kachok

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    Normally use 165gr, but my 308 won't group with them so I had to choose between 150 and 180gr, opted to try 150gr first and I don't regret it yet.
     
  15. Don McDowell

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    165 gr Hornady bt interlock bullet works very well for antelope,deer and elk , out of both the 308's and the 06.
    My Winchester 30-30's prefer the speer 150 gr, and the Marlin prefers the 170 gr speer.
     
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    I had a Marlin 336 30-30 for 25 years that liked the Remington Core-lockts in 170 grain.I took 16 PA deer with it.I would shoot 1and1/2 inch groups at 100 yards with only a fore-end rest.
     
  17. Bio-Chem

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    150 grain bullets for white tails. more than enough to put down a deer.
     
  18. T.R.

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    30-30: 170 grain Winchester Power Point (flat nose)

    TR
     
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    150 nosler b-tip gitser dun in my .308 Winchester and from my .30-30 Contender pistol. :D
     
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    150 gr Nosler BT. 150 grain Core-Lokt when not shooting handloads. .308 Win.
     
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    165gr Sierra Gameking SPBT over IMR 4350 out of my Savage 110 30-06. I've used it for years and every time it hits a deer it dies quickly.
     
  22. Fremmer

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    Yeah the lead tip on that bullet is effective.
     
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    +1 I use the same powder bullet and rifle, flattens deer like a steam roller but as Art says "keep it out of the eating bits" because that bullet makes a MESS of a deer at 2900fps.
     
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    We don't have Whitetail here but we do have similar sized beasts. In my 30-06 it would be the 180gr. Accubond @ 2600 to 2650. Slow and heavy. Meat damage is negligable, exit wound is tiny. Sierra's also do the trick but I hate the mess they leave so I pay a little more for a bonded bullet.
     
  25. JohnhenrySTL

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    165 grn for my .308 on deer, and my winchester chambered in .300 weatherby prefers180 grn.
     
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