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Favorite .30-06 Factory Ammo for Whitetail?

Old 07-03-2013, 04:29 AM
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Default Favorite .30-06 Factory Ammo for Whitetail?

What is everyone's favorite factory load for whitetails in a 30-06? By factory load I'm referring to anything that isn't hand-loaded.
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Old 07-03-2013, 04:57 AM
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Right now pretty much anything you can find!
If I can find it I like Hornady
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Old 07-03-2013, 07:04 AM
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Had really good luck with 150 grain Remington corelokts in my 30-06's. Would really have to search my memory for a white tail that went far after being shot thru the boiler room.
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Old 07-03-2013, 08:52 AM
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I have killed a lot of deer with the Fusion 30-06 180 gr round. Second choice for me would be the Rem CoreLokt 180gr. You can't go wrong with CLs for white tail IMO.
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Old 07-03-2013, 09:48 AM
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I also used the Corelokts by Remington until I started going out to Wyoming and reloading my own stuff. Now I use the Hornady BTSPs and SPs in all three calibers (.243, 25-06, 30-06) for everything from antelope up through elk and V Maxs for yotes in the .243.
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Old 07-03-2013, 02:26 PM
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I use whatever I can find in 150 grain. I still have a small supply of Interarms that must be 20-30 years old and a few Winchester Super-X Power points. Both seem to shoot well and work well with MO deer. I think the 165 grain bullets may do well, but I have never shot one. I know where the 150's shoot out at range so I stay with them.
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Old 07-03-2013, 09:56 PM
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Hornady BTSP Interbond.
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Old 07-04-2013, 04:17 AM
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Originally Posted by Tundra10
Hornady BTSP Interbond.

***I'd have to argue that one with you, as the Interbond is designed for elk and moose, not a little whitetail that doesn't need a bonded bullet that may not expand properly before it passes through.
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Old 07-04-2013, 06:00 AM
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Whatever shoots the best in the gun. Some of my rifles like Hornady, some like the Rem, corlokts, so e like cheap federal.....just depends.

I'd have to say Rem CL would be he first one I'd try. Seems to work fine in almost everything.
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Old 07-04-2013, 09:51 AM
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I usually hand load, but have used a good deal of factory loads. About any decent hunting bullet from say 130 to 200 gr. out of a 30.06 Spr. will kill deer cleanly.

My preference is the Nosler Partition or Sierra Game King bullet. My 30.06 Spr. just happens to "like" a particular lot of Federal Premium that uses the 180 gr. Game King bullet.

However, be mindful that ammo is made in "lots". These lots change as a normal result of the manufacturing process. One lot might be rather different from another .... so if you run out of one lot and move to another, double check the groups just to be sure.
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