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what grain do you use

i shoot Hornaday.308w 165g

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For what animal out of what

For what animal out of what rifle?  A .30 caliber magnum was designed to shoot the heaver bullets from 165 grains up where if you are shooting a .308 Winchester it will max out at the 165 grain bullets.  Now take the .30-06 and it will handle a 220 grain bullet along with a 110 grain one.  There are a lot of variables out there. 

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For what animal out of what rifle?  A .30 caliber magnum was designed to shoot the heaver bullets from 165 grains up where if you are shooting a .308 Winchester it will max out at the 165 grain bullets.  Now take the .30-06 and it will handle a 220 grain bullet along with a 110 grain one.  There are a lot of variables out there.

no specifics just grain's and rounds

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i'm going to agree, there are

i'm going to agree, there are a lot of variables

barrel rate of twist

the bullet's ballistic coefficient

not to mention, the caliber of the rifle.

but i shoot a 30-06 with a 150 gr barnes tripple shok. i have a MPBR of 200 yards. (i'm 2.5 inches high at 100, zero for 200 and ~3 inches low at 300. so, from 35 yards to 350, i put the cross hair where i want, and squeeze the trigger.

i've killed hogs, deer, antelope, alligator all with that rifle. almost all of which, with that same load. i'll hunt elk this year with that rifle, i'll probably take the .243 out for deer. who knows.

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Well for the 30 cals;

30-06 180 gr dead nuts at 200 yds

308 165 gr same as above

300 Savage 150 gr open sights can do a 3 inch group (bench) at 100 yds

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When I was shooting my 30-06

When I was shooting my 30-06 I mostly used 150 grain bullets on both deer and elk and never had a problem.  When I went to Alaska for a bear hunt I use 220 grain bullets.  My dads 300 Savage has had nothing but 150 grain bullets shot out of it with no problems. 

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As in take it with a grain of...

Like Critter was saying it depends on the caliber & the gun.  My Browning '06 eats 180 gr Barnes TSX, my Rem 700 '06 likes 165 gr partitions.  My preference is to tailor the bullet weight to the gun more than to the species being hunted.  Those 180 gr Barnes kill antelope just as dead as they do elk as will the partition.  Knowing that the gun / cartridge / bullet combination is accurate provides for more confidence and less second guessing - at least for me.

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Well I have pretty much

Well I have pretty much settled on 150gr TSX for my 30-06 for any game from antelope to elk and use the same bullets in my 7mm Remington magnum in 160gr. I have not even shot my new 270wsm yet but will probably be a 140gr but possibly a 130 if they shoot better. My sons .270 Winchester shoots 130gr Tsx very well so all game gets those with fine results.

I am usually light to mid weight for caliber and only use the heavier weights for special purposes.

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I prefer the 165 gr in my

I prefer the 165 gr in my .308, specifically the Swift Sirroco or the Nosler Accubond. For something really big like moose, I would go up to the 180 gr.

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LOTS OF CHOICES

 

It depends what I'm carrying which is dictated by where I'm hunting and what I'm aftre. It might be 405 grain cast lead in 45-70, it might be 300 grain Hornady's in 375 H&H or 260 grain Barnes in teh same cartridge depending on white tail or Kudu. Might be 40 grain copper projectiles in a 22 long rifle or 75 caliber round ball in teh Brown Bess musket.............lots of choices to choose from, none of them wrong - just different. I'd like to take game with a 200 grain 9.3 projectile in my 360 express of a 340 grain cast lead projectile in teh 500 black powder express this fall - but it the moring I'm shotgunning with some old Winchester shells that I think a charge of #4 and #2 shot combined. I'm eager to see how they work. With my luck they'll be GREAT but I'll never be able to duplicate the load!

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What Mike said. But I would

What Mike said. But I would Add, I chose a bullet that was designed for the intended use[hunting,long range shooting, target shooting.], Then I let the gun decide, I try a lot of loads in all the weights and bullet types until I find the one that seems to shoot as well as can be expected from the gun. This is an ongoing process that has cost me a lot of time money and sleep,but is a lot of fun.Suprisingly in more than a few guns the loads haven't changed much in 40 years. I still believe the best load is the one that goes where one want it, 15 ,20 grains of weight isn't as importat as where the bullet goes.

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