Got a pretty hefty package in the mail today from Alaska. Girlfriend's dad sent down a bunch of brass and bullets, and I'm kind of not even sure where to begin. It would be nice to not have to buy any additional bullets, but I'm not sure I'm gonna be able to get away with it. Katie has deer, elk and antelope tags that we are going to try to fill. The antelope hunt will be antelope only, and there is enough time to resight in between that hunt and her 2nd season deer/elk combo, followed by her 4th season cow elk hunt. Her dad has not sent me any load data, but implied that her gun shot well with 165 Accubonds.
She has a Tikka T3 .308. We've shot up some factory Core Lokts for brass, giving us 60 pieces of Remington once fireds.
Now, in the package I've got about 45 pieces of 2x fired, neck turned Federal brass, 50 pieces of once fired Hornady Match brass, and 50 pieces of Winchester unfired brass.
For bullets, he sent 25 165 Grand Slams, 17 165 Partitions, about 50 pulled and nose dinged 150 Accubonds (which may have been what he was really shooting in that gun), roughly 100 150 grain Pro Hunters, roughly 75 150 grain Hot Cores, and about 100 130 grain Horndady Spire Points.
In my stash, I also have 110 grain Sierra hollowpoints, but that's all I have for 30 cal bullets that I'd use in her gun. The 190 Hornadys are meant for another buddy's .30-06.
Kinda don't know where to begin with all of this. Load up a plinker load, antelope load, and deer and elk load? Just use the two types of 165s in a quick test or two, then rock on with that bullet for everything? Of course I'll have to buy additional bullets if we do go with one of those. Not sure there's any way around not buying additional 165s or other elky bullets here. Any other thoughts on the brass? I'm all ears