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125 Grain 30/06 load well suited to deer?

Old 01-04-2005, 09:03 PM
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Default RE: 125 Grain 30/06 load well suited to deer?

I concur on the 130 Xbullet. I shot them for 4 seasons in my Warbird (3900+ fps) and never once had even a hint of failure with any shot angle and distance you can name!

Dont get too caught up with "theoretical numbers" like sectional densities and to some extent even ballistic coefficients. Dead deer dont have calculators! You should be able to drive a 130 Xbullet in the 3200ish fps range from a 22"-24" 06. But also be realistic, you wont see over two inches of difference between it and a good 150 all the way too 400+ yds. But the 150 will retain a lil more velocity which adds up with more power.

I wouldnt go after 350# Canadian whitetails @ 400yds with a 130 from an 06, but for most typical deer hunting you will be ok. That bullet will out penetrate 150s like Partitions, Ballistic Tips, CoreLokts etc...

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Old 01-04-2005, 09:30 PM
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Default RE: 125 Grain 30/06 load well suited to deer?

I have used 125 core locks for many years on deer . That is all I use. The bulet expands very well and gives very fast kills. My wife now shoots the 30 06 and elk hunts with it ,165s for elk. So far every elk she has shot drops in there tracks.She allso shoots deer every year with 125s.
I have never even thought of using a holow piont for deer.

In most states you can use a lot smaller calibers. What about a 243 or a 225 they are fast and little bulets yet they kill many deer each year.

My dad shoots 180s and they do not expand very well in deer.We end up tracking them a lot,allthough it allways kills them.
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Old 01-05-2005, 06:12 AM
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Default RE: 125 Grain 30/06 load well suited to deer?

I've been using the Hornady 130gr Spire point for years in my 30.06 and have killed countless deer with that combination. I wouldn't go after a huge whitetail in Canada with that combo but it does a number on deer in this area.
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Old 02-03-2014, 01:55 PM
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Just make sure that you match the bullet to your need. My daughter (Win M94) and daughter-in-law (Marlin 336) use .30/30s with Speer 110gr HotCor. They both took does at 180 and 200 yds respectively (140lbs-160lbs). Yes, pointed bullets in tubular mag - one in chamber, one in magazine - and no, they did not need a second shot. My wife uses a Win M70 in .30/06 with Sierra 125gr Pro-Hunter. She took her first doe this year at 204 yds (another 160lber). They all shoot well with reduced recoil. Finally, I got a 6pt buck that went 220lbs at 188yds with the same 125gr in .30/06. Finally, we had a friend using the Win M70, drop a big doe at 280yds with the 125gr load. They all dropped where they stood - meat on the ground.

These are soft-point hunting bullets designed for the job. They are economical, reliable, and accurate. The greatest factor in the equation is shot placement. If the shooter performs better with a lighter bullet and reduced recoil, the probability of executing a proper kill shot placement in the field goes up.

I recommend nothing and accept no responsibility for the use of this information by anyone else for any purpose. Just reporting our results.

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Old 02-03-2014, 06:25 PM
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I loaded up 130 grain Speer hollow points in the 300 mag and went coyote hunting with them. It always blows them to pieces even at 500 to 600 yards. I definately wouldn't use them on a deer. Way too nasty expansion.
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Old 02-04-2014, 02:21 AM
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Was it really necessary to dig up a 9 year old thread?
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Old 02-04-2014, 04:45 AM
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Of course it is. the OP probably hasn't read all that was posted, with time restraints.

Also better than starting a fight with hunting deer with a 223.

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Old 02-06-2014, 07:48 AM
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Nosler got a new 125 gr. accubond in the 308 cal.
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Old 02-15-2014, 04:06 PM
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When i owned a 30.06 i shot the lighter bullets with great results on deer here in NC. I killed deer with no problems at all using the Hornady 130gr SP in front of IMR4064. I also had a very good load worked up with the Barnes 130gr X- bullet and RL15. Both bullets were very accurate and performance on deer was excellent.
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