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Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by Chef-cg, Jan 28, 2020.

  1. Chef-cg

    Chef-cg Member

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    I recently perched a tikka tx3 30-06 and I wanted to see if anyone has some recommendations for ammo that would shoot best and not brake the bank. I am using it for hunting primarily and maybe some target shooting over the summer.
     
  2. earlthegoat2

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    Many different options that usually start and end with what shoots best in your particular rifle.

    Unless your going after big stuff, 150 and 165 gr will probably be what you want to try first.
     
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    When I want to test and I can't handload for it, I grab Federal Premium for the best, Remington Core-Lokt for economy.
     
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  4. Bfh_auto

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    Federal premium, Winchester combined technologies and Nosler BT ammo are my top picks if I'm buying factory.
    If you're on a tight budget, try Federal blue box, or regular Winchester.
    Hornady ammo tends to be either perfect for your gun, or hated by it.
     
  5. BrocLuno

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    In 06 I've had good luck with Remington Cor-Lokt. I'd get a box of 150gr, 165gr, and 180gr and see what the rifle likes the best?

    The big deal with a hunting rifle is cold barrel first shot. A warmed up rifle on a range day can do good groups with a load that will throw flyers on cold barrel first shot (often referred to as the "fouling shot"). So you have to figure that out ...

    Most of my 06 bolt guns like 180's for consistent cold barrel dependable first shot near the mark. And working out dependable first shot, with follow-up, both near the mark is a slow process. The rifle needs to be semi-clean like you'd put it away, cooled off for an hour or so, etc. Then one shot. Repeat ... You'll eventually find the ammo and bullet weight the rifle prefers. But it'll take time ...

    Meanwhile you are becoming more and more familiar with the rifle, and that's a very good thing.

    Getting your rifle and you ready for hunting is almost the exact opposite of going to the range with an AR ... It's a much more Zen-like experience :)
     
  6. Dibbs

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    Funny, my 30.06s, both my bolt action hunting rifles, like 180 grain, also.

    Part of the fun is finding what ammo works best, in your rifle. Once you figure out the proper load, then buy in bulk.
     
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  7. lightman

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    It depends on what you are hunting. You can't really go wrong with the basic soft point bullet offered by Federal, Remington or Winchester. I would stay in the weight range of 150, 165 or 180 grains for deer size game. If you're hunting larger game you might look at some of the premium bullets. I would begin by looking on the shelves at Walmart.
     
  8. d2wing

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    I like Hornady American Whitetail 165 gr SPBT. I have killed a lot of deer with Remington Core-loks as well mostly 150's.
     
  9. Garandimal

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    MidwayUSA has 165 gr. Remington Core-Lokt for $16.79/20 box.

    Good deal, and should drop anything that wanders in front of your sights.




    GR
     
  10. jmr40

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    Hornady American Whitetail has proven to be pretty good hunting ammo for the money. I don't buy many factory loads, but have tried a box or so just to experiment.

    Those would be fine for informal target shooting out to 300ish yards too. If you want more precision, or shoot at longer ranges the good stuff gets expensive.
     
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