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Your Favorite Hunting Bullet for .308 Win. (and why)

I've had good luck in the past with Nosler Partition bullets - excellent accuracy, penetration, expansion, and weight retention on Whitetails, Muleys and thicker skinned Elk. I'm getting a Ruger M77 Hawkeye Compact Magnum with a 20" barrel, and the first bullet I use to load with will be the same in 165gr. I'm interested in what others here shooting a 308win. prefer and why?

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Hands down favorite is the

Hands down favorite is the Hornady 165gr Interlock. I started using that bullet prior to the interlock and it has never let me down. I would hunt aanything other than big bears with it and not give it aq second though. I think for the really big bears and 180gr bullet is quite aq bit better and the 30-06 handles that one better than the 308.

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165gr nosler Solid Base,

165gr nosler Solid Base, great Quality Control, Good Expansion, shoot very good though my rifle

Problem: they dont make them any longer

i have 300 left (3 boxes)

then i will have to look for a new bullet for that rifle

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Don hit it, I use the hornady

Don hit it, I use the hornady for most 30 cal loads, an it has taken Caribou, Black Bear & Moose, no problem.

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Your Favorite Hunting Bullet for .308 Win. (and why)

Don and aaalaska -  which version of the Hornady Interlock 165gr do you guys use - the Spire Point, Spire Point Boat Tail, or the SST?

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Depends on what I can get

Depends on what I can get here. But it is either the spire point or the spire point BT. I don't have much use for lead bullet's with plastic tip's. The only real value I can see to them is either exploding varmit bullet's, I do use V-Max in my 243, or for making sure the leadless bullet's expand.

I have read for years about how bullet nose's get dinged and they don't shoot as well, I've never found that to be true in hunting rounds. And now I hear how much better the plastic tip bullet's cut the air and carry with their great BC. Hog manure, that increased BC is not going to help a whole lot till about 500yds +/-. Great selling point though. Hornady put them off and monolithic bullet's for quite a while. I suspect customer demand brought them about. Notice Speer and Serria don't use them, unless it's something new I haven't seen.

But keep in mind a lot of guy's like them. But then a lot of guy's think partitions are the best choice for deer too!

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Bullet preferences

For deer, I find it hard to beat the Hornady Interlock Spire point 165 gr bullets. That said, for bear or larger game I load Nosler Accubond 165 gr bullets.  If I were going for moose, I would probably load Swift A Frame 180 gr bullets.  My SIL and I disagree on bullet weights in 30 caliber. He likes 150 gr and I like 165 gr as an all around bullet.

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I swear by Hornady and that's

I swear by Hornady and that's the only thing I shoot---100 grain BTSPs in the .243, 117 grain BTSPs in the 25-06, and 150 grain BTSPs or SPs in the 30-06s.  Very seldom does an animal take more than a step or two when hit through the lungs with any of them.

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The bullets that shoot the

The bullets that shoot the best out of my 20" barreled 308 are the one's I use. Speer's 150gr corelok or Hornady's 150gr IB. They both give good results at game taking distances.

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I think one of the good

I think one of the good thing's about bullet's in a 308 is that they can be driven plenty fast enough to make a good bullet for distence but not so fast as to blow up at shorter ranges. About Hornady in particular, I did weight retention test's years ago and Hornady and Speer tied for first, retaining an ave 86% of weight. Hornady was more accurate in my rifles. I must admit though that while the Hornady core's were loose in their jackets and didn't seperate, Speer's were rock solid tight in their's. Never underestimate a Speer Hot Core!

As for what I shoot in my rifles, 75gr V-Max in 243, 117gr btsp in my 25-06, 140gr spire point in 6.5x55, 129 gr spire point in 6.5x06, 165gr spire point in 308 and 180gr spire point in 30-06 when I'm not shooting cast in it. I think every cartridge has a bullet that preforms best in it. Not to slow, not to fast and retains a lot of weight.

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Your Favorite Hunting Bullet for .308 Win. (and why)

Well said, Don.

I've been eyeballing Hornady's bullets. I think first up to bat for me to try in my new 308 rifle will be the 165gr Hornady Interlock Spire Point Boattail.

Thanks for the input guys.

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