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Bullet Recommendation: Marlin XL7 in 30-06 / Remington CoreLokt

Old 03-07-2009, 06:01 AM
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Default Bullet Recommendation: Marlin XL7 in 30-06 / Remington CoreLokt

I am setting upa Marlin XL7 in 30-06 and am looking for bullet/grns recommendations. I've beenvery pleased with the Remington CoreLokt, 150 grn soft point with my 30-30 andI am leading towards staying with thatbrand. I suspect should I kick the weight up to 160, 180 or 220? Any advice on the bullet design since this is a bolt action and not a lever action? (i.e., Pointed Soft Point v. Bronze Point® Tipped)




30-06 Springfield
R30061
125
PSP

30-06 Springfield
R30062
150
Core-Lokt, PSP

30-06 Springfield
R30063
150
BR PT

30-06 Springfield
R30064
180
Core-Lokt, SP

30-06 Springfield
R30065
180
Core-Lokt, PSP

30-06 Springfield
R30066
180
BR PT

30-06 Springfield
R30067
220
Core-Lokt, SP

30-06 Springfield
R3006B
165
Core-Lokt, PSP

30-06 Springfield
R30069
55
Accelerator, PSP
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Old 03-07-2009, 01:56 PM
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Default RE: Bullet Recommendation: Marlin XL7 in 30-06 / Remington CoreLokt

Personally,I don't like anything heavier than a 165 for deer in a 30-06. You want the major shock wave to occur before the bullet hits the center of the vitals. IMO, the 180 gr are intended for elk sized game as far as bullet weight, but not all 180 gr .308 bullets perform well on elk sized game. For a deer round, find the combinationusing a hunting bulletthat is most accurate. Be sure to stay away from the MATCHKing for deer, as this is a match bullet and not a hunting bullet. The GAMEKing by Sierra performs well on deer.
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Old 03-08-2009, 12:31 PM
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Default RE: Bullet Recommendation: Marlin XL7 in 30-06 / Remington CoreLokt

Use the corelokts in 165 gr. Its nice to set it up once and leave it there. 165;s work great on dear and can be used for bigger game.
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Old 03-08-2009, 04:04 PM
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Default RE: Bullet Recommendation: Marlin XL7 in 30-06 / Remington CoreLokt

100 to 150 grains is plenty of bullet to kill any deer in the woods. No need to chunk a half pound of lead, shot placement is the key.
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Old 03-08-2009, 04:08 PM
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Default RE: Bullet Recommendation: Marlin XL7 in 30-06 / Remington CoreLokt

the best BC for a 30 cal bullet is 165 grains. There would be nothing gained going lower or higher in weight.
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Old 03-09-2009, 11:29 AM
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Default RE: Bullet Recommendation: Marlin XL7 in 30-06 / Remington CoreLokt

Imo with 30+ years of experience,the core-lokt in 150 grains is the best load for deer.That's not to say that other brands are not as good or better,but the 150 grain is a stop 'em in their tracks bullet.Since I started using the 150 grain 25 years ago,I haven't had a single deer take a step after being shot.The speed of the round does the trick I've been told.Just my 2 cents worth for what it's worth.That's a 150 grain w/ an '06 by the way.
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Old 03-09-2009, 04:16 PM
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Default RE: Bullet Recommendation: Marlin XL7 in 30-06 / Remington CoreLokt

150 grain Core-Lokt isa "drop 'em in their tracks" bullet. Stick with it.
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Old 03-09-2009, 04:26 PM
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Default RE: Bullet Recommendation: Marlin XL7 in 30-06 / Remington CoreLokt

Damn...Remnard got it on the money. 165 grains is the best grain for the 30-06. With that in mind I use the hornady 165 grain SST bullet. It enters the chest cavity about 3 to 4 inches and EXPLODES! The people that think you need pass through just do not realize that when that round delivers ALL the energy right in the vital area what it does. I swear to god the deer I shot this year (4) ALL looked like a hand grenade went off inside them. But...if you want pretty pass throughs get yourself a nice bonded bulet an learn to track.


p.s. A 30-06 is MORE than enough to drop ANY deer with whatever bullet you choose. Opinions on bullets are like those things we poop through. everybody has one but only mine does not smell bad.
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