30-06 Whitetail Cartridge

Discussion in 'Caliber Corner' started by superspud, Oct 30, 2012.

  1. That is a true statement. My go to hunting gun is a 25-06. The 120 grain bullet is what shoots the smallest groups and is at the top of chart for bullet weight in a 25-06. I have a buddy in NM that use this combination for elk hunting.

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  2. SCmasterblaster

    Millennium Member

    .25-06 for elk hunting? This must be a challenge.

  3. Not as much as you think. The 264 is considered to be more than adequate for Moose and Stag in Europe. The differences are .007 in the bullet dia. and about 5 grains in bullet weight. You can step up to a 140 grain bullet in a 264.
    The 25-06 loaded with a good bullet will the job very nicely. You load the Nosler 120 partitioned bullet to about 3200fps which is a warn load for the 25-06, but easy enough to obtain.
    Shot placement and shot distance are important. No it is not a 400 yard Elk cartridge, like a 7mm Mag. Most people don't shoot that far any ways. The guides that I have hunted with told me the average shot on a elk is 130 to 180 yards.

    Think about this the 30-30 was the hot bad ass cartridge once upon a time. People shot a bunch of elk with it. By today's standard it is fit for small white tails.
  4. SCmasterblaster

    Millennium Member

    And the whitetails haven't gotten any bigger, have they?
  5. .308 180 gr soft point got my buck this year. The kill shot was maybe 30 yards but a perfect broadside. Made a baseball sized exit wound through the rib cage. But very little meat damaged.

    Too much power & too much bullet IMHO. Remainder of season, I'm using .223 HP in my Mini 14.
    #45 ADK_40GLKr, Nov 3, 2012
    Last edited: Nov 3, 2012
  6. SCmasterblaster

    Millennium Member

    Congratulations! :supergrin:
  7. Using the Core-lokts on deer and hogs I go with a heavier bullet than I normally would to ensure that I don't blow the bullet up when taking a close range shot. Instead of going with 150gr I go with 165, and I
    don't think a 180 in this bullet would be a bad choice either. I haven't had problems with 150gr Winchester Power Points blowing up at close range in my 20" LTR 308 Win, but Core-Lokts in a 24" barrel 30-06 in the 150gr weight tend to blow up and do not exit the hogs I've shot at up to 100 yards. Now each hog dropped on the spot so they are plenty, but I have a preference for my rounds to exit when taking a broad side shot.
  8. Zombie Steve

    Zombie Steve Decap Pin Killa

    Agree wholeheartedly. That's why I don't like the ballistic silvertips. Not a particularly sturdy bullet construction. I've seen them knock the crap out of a muley, so I'd be lying if I said they "failed", but I'd rather get a little more penetration, which is why I like the Speer Grand Slams. Half dollar sized exit wound, and some balls to spare.

    Years ago the Hornady manual used to list the purpose of the A-max bullet as target / hunting. Now they just show its purpose as target. Had a friend shoot a mule deer with a 168 A-max at about 50 yards. It pretty much behaved like a varmint bullet - just exploded. Again, dead deer, so it was a success, but it just destroyed the animal. Not pretty (although it was easy to track :supergrin:).
  9. SCmasterblaster

    Millennium Member

    You really know your ammo well, don't you ZS?
  10. I haven't tried the Speer Grand Slams, but I do really like their 165gr BTSP loaded with a compressed load of RE15. I get excellent accuracy with this load, and it's moving along pretty well in my 20" barrel (2675fps). Speer makes very good bullets.
    #50 PrecisionRifleman, Nov 4, 2012
    Last edited: Nov 4, 2012
  11. Zombie Steve

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    I don't expect to see grand slams or even mag-tips on the menu much longer. They really can produce the bonded deep curl bullets cheaper. I've just never tried them, and I probably won't - Nosler has me hooked on loading the Accubonds these days. I feel like loading a flat based bullet is a step back. Maybe unfounded, as the boat tail doesn't really start making much difference until you get out a few hundred yards. Well, they are easier to start in the case, anyway... :cool:
  12. SCmasterblaster

    Millennium Member

    Speer does indeed make good bullets. I am about to start reloading for my G17 now - Speer 115gr FMJs.
  13. Zombie Steve

    Zombie Steve Decap Pin Killa

    Well, I suppose I'm an inch wide and a mile deep. I've done a lot of load development with 30 caliber bullets between range fodder for the M14 to "match" target loads to medium and heavy hunting loads, .308 to .300 RUM. If you asked me about a quarter bore or a 6.5mm, I would just be guessing.

  14. SCmasterblaster

    Millennium Member

    Have you ever reloaded .223/5.56mm?
  15. Zombie Steve

    Zombie Steve Decap Pin Killa

    Yep. I have two loads - 55 grain fmj and a 69 grain Sierra Matchking. Found great loads right off the bat, both with Varget, and haven't done any load development since.

    I will probably do a 50 grain hp load for p-dogs. I just don't shoot my .223's with much regularity.
  16. SCmasterblaster

    Millennium Member

    Do you neck size, or full-length size?
  17. Zombie Steve

    Zombie Steve Decap Pin Killa

    Full length for AR's... Don't own a .223 bolt gun.
  18. SCmasterblaster

    Millennium Member

    OIC! Happy shooting to you!
  19. whitebread

    whitebread ΜΟΛΩΝ ΛΑΒΕ

    Here is a 180 grain Barnes TTSX loaded to 2700fps from earlier tonight. ~45 yard shot. The deer didn't take a step...DRT.

    Entrance wound


    Exit wound (broke his right leg)

  20. Zombie Steve

    Zombie Steve Decap Pin Killa

    whitebread - do you run into really bad copper fouling with a solid copper bullet? I had a buddy give me a few hundred of the Nosler E-tips... I found a decent load, but it absolutely caked copper in the bore. :okie: The E-tips are gilding metal (copper / zinc). I never tried the Barnes bullets, but those are straight copper, right?

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