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Old 12-30-2002, 04:10 PM
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Im looking for a bullet that I can use for both deer and elk out of my 30.06 so I wont have to resight with different loads..Any suggestions?

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Old 12-30-2002, 04:13 PM
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I'd try the 165gr Nosler Partition. You may even give the 180gr a try, but it may not expand enough on deer to leave a big exit wound. It'll kill 'em dead, though. <img src=icon_smile_dead.gif border=0 align=middle>

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Old 12-30-2002, 05:12 PM
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I have use 180 grain bullets for years on elk & mule deer. I've had good results the plain old Remington &quot;Core-lokt&quot; and have used Winchester Power-Points also. I'm sure you'll get a few of the premium bullets (X's, A frame, Partitions) posts but in my 20 years of hunting elk with the 06----&quot;Core-lokts&quot; work just fine. TYI- I've taken 15 elk & have had about 15 taken in my camp--All with plain jane bullets.
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Old 12-30-2002, 11:05 PM
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I would try the 165gr partition,and 165gr failsafe as both do a great job.Use whichever shoots best in you gun.
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Old 12-30-2002, 11:50 PM
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180 Gr. Barnes X, Nosler Partition, Trophy Bonded Bear Claw, Swift A-Frame, or Win. Fail Safe. Good luck.
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Old 01-02-2003, 11:43 PM
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Colorado Bob.....you're my kind of man and I don't disagree with you in the least..... However please hear my side of the story.....When I go elk hunting, the guides, outfitters, pack trains....and all the horses and magnificient times cost in total around $4,000. A fifty pack of 200 grain Swift A-frames cost about $50. And it lasts me at least three of those trips!!!

We might argue that the Swift A-Frame is marginally better than a Remington Core-Lokt.....but you'd have to admit that it was better!!! Yes marginally better....but better!!

I just signed up for my first ever African Plains Game safari and I'm using my .300 H&H for Kudu, Eland and other plains game. The 200 grain bullets I bought is nothing compared to the cost of the trip and my piece of mind knowing that I have the very best there is, is worth a lot to me.

There's so much that i can't control on a hunting trip like this......but the performance of my ammunition is something i can control.....and I choose to do it.....and at an insignificant cost.
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Old 01-03-2003, 11:57 AM
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Vapodog--I do my own elk hunting here in Colorado. Have my own tent, stove etc and have hunted the same ridge for years. I know it like the back of my hand. Most of the elk taken in my camp have been mostly cows, then a handful of spikes and now we are staring to get some nice bulls. The point restrictions are working !!

Have fun in Africa !! I went there this past spring and can't wait to go back. I took 5 animals--kudu, zebra, impala, steenboc, and warthog. You'll have the time of your life. Are you going to South Africa? If so I would recommend you try & spend a couple of days in Kruger National Park. I actually cut my hunting from 10 days to 7 just so we could spend time in Kruger. Saw the big 5 there. Love those black mane lions !!!

It was my 1st time out of the USA & I was a little afraid of customs, so I used the guides gun, it was a 30/06 with 200 grains round nose bullets. Plain jane PMC ammo. All were 1 shot kills. Next time I'll take my own rifle---there were no problems with any of the other hunts on the flight. The South Africans treat us like royalty.

The only drawback is that LONG LONG LONG plane ride !!

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Old 01-03-2003, 08:54 PM
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Vapodog---More info on Stubblejumper post on choosing factory ammo.
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Old 01-03-2003, 10:54 PM
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C'Bob, thanks for the reply.....and I'll certainly keep you posted.....the arrival date in Capetown is July 1.....I have five days hunting, one day deep sea fishing, and one day upland bird hunting.....one day at Addo elephant park and a couple days looking for a man that saved my life about 40 years ago.....a student of Dr Kristaan Bernard!!!
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Old 01-04-2003, 12:19 AM
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Vapodog---Sounds like you done your homework on this trip !! Sounds like a great itinerary. Looks like you are hunting the southern part of South Africa. I hunted in Northern Province right on the Limpopo River. I'm headed to Mississippi in the AM for an annual whitetail hunt. Bucks are rutting hard right now, I'm going to use my 30/06 (Only big game rifle I own) & yep I'm using 180 grains bullets. But these are the remains of my handloads that I worked up for my sheep hunt.
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