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What size round for my .30-06?

Hello i will be hunting antelope and mule deer in the fall of 2007. I will be using my .30-06 i was wondering what everybody would recommend for a factory load to use. Any help would be greatly appreciated. thanks.

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What size round for my .30-06?

NorthernMIHunter, Welcome to BGH.

06 is a great caliber and offers a ton of choices. For antelope & muleys, I'd personally use 150grain Nosler Partitions and I like Federal Premiums in the gold box.

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165-gr. or 180-gr. Winchester / Federal (Nosler) Ballistic Tip.

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150 grain out of a .30-06 will give you a plenty flat trajectory and deliver more than enough energy for a clean kill on pronghorn and mule deer.

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150 grain out of a .30-06 will give you a plenty flat trajectory and deliver more than enough energy for a clean kill on pronghorn and mule deer.

True, but remember that Antelope shots are usually very long and aerodynamic 165-gr. or 180-gr. loads will be more accurate at typical 300 - 400 yard distances.

You are right about 150-gr. being plenty enough to kill the 'lopes, but you got to get the bullet there first and longer projectiles increase your odds of an accurate shot way out there.

My two 30-06 rifles love factory Winchester 180-gr. (Nosler) Ballistic Silvertips with a BC of .507

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It would be best to find the 150, 165 or 180gr big game bullet that shoot the best. Any of the three weights will work. Whichever one you choose. Use it exclusively.
If you intend to hunt larger game with the rifle. Find the 180gr that shoots the best and use it exclusively.

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I think you mean that 165 gr and especially 180 gr will be a bit more stable in a heavier winds than the 150 grain will. I see your point about a longer heavier bullets having more accuracy (more bullet surface to engage the rifling). Still, a 150 gariner is no light bullet and plenty accurate. Areas that pronghorn inhabit are typically windy plains or windy semi-arid areas. The 180's grainers have the stability but just don't have as flat a trajectory as the higher velocity 150gr do. Consider that for years it was (and to some, still is) the lighter high velocity 6mm Remington and the .25-06 Rem that were the favored pronghorn cartridges.

Of course you know my opinion about those unnessesary 400 + yard shots. Yes you will typically use longer range shots on pronghorn, but the few times I've hunted them I was always able to take them at around 200 yards.

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150 gr Ballistic Tps.

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I think you're wrong about using a 165gr. and a 180gr. to obtain better accuracy in your 30-06... getting the 165-180 to shoot flat out to the 300-400 you are talking about would require 12 to 18"'s high at 100.. because that's the drop from 100 to 400 with a 180

Now with the same powder charge and all other things being equal... the 150 gr will be a perfect choice, and will float out there compared to the lead football 180

That's why the 25-06 bullet with the little 100gr bullet performs so well at very long distances... more powder, less lead = performance

Put the bullet where you want it and let it do it's job...

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Even on pronghorn I've never seen the need to take those 400 yrd shots.

I don't agree that more power with less lead = performance for all applications. I will agree that the .25-06 has long been, and still is about as good a pronghorn cartridge as you are ever going to get.

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Make that two of us against those 400 yd shots. On an animal like an antelope, the 150 to 180 gr bullets loose or gain nothing over one another. Doesn't matter which one you use, at 400+ yds your going to eleavate the sight's reguardless. I know of no cartridge that has a point blank range of anywhere near 400 yds.

Fuzzy Bear has it right. Were I to use a 30-06 I'd find the best shooting 165gr bullet. If I needed a 180gr, I believe it's better suited to magnums but will certainly work in the 30-06. Matter of fact I'm fooling with some old Herter 180's in my 30-06 right now. Just fooling around!

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