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Hey guys that have 30-06s or have hunted with them---what grain bullet is the best for whitetail? I'm torn between the 150gr and 180 gr. I'm leaning strongly toward the 150gr Remington Core Lokt. Wally has them and the 180gr, but had more of the 180gr. I bought the last box of 150gr today. Is that signifying that the 150gr is more popular? I just don't want to have the hunt for ammo (pun intended). I've always had good luck with the Remington Core lokts but welcome anyones PERSONAL experiences.---Bboy623
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165 gr is probably one of the most popular in the -06.  I would personally go with the 150 gr for a flatter trajectory.  If I was hunting elk, then I would think more about the 180 gr.  Either will kill them.  It is all about shot placement.
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150s are fine! If you roll your own get the 150 SST Hornady's. 
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In the 06, I'm a 165 kinda guy.
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I've used both 150gr and 180gr Swift A-Frame's for my (grandfather's old) remmy 30.06. It seems shoot the 180gr best so that's what I use.

For most I'd say the 150gr is all you need.
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The 30-06 is one up from the 308 Win, so use that extra powder capacity and load at least 165 or 168gr. The Sierra gamekings has served me well.
In South Africa I eventually started loading 180gr for the bigger animals.
But nothing beats shot placement. A 100gr vital organ shot is better then a 200gr "missed the vitals" shot.
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30-06 was my 'go to" rifle for many years.  I like the 180's better, but used the 150's more. There was always more availability of the 150's in the Winchester Supreme Fail-Safe which is what I used almost exclusively in my 30-06's.  I used 220gr quite a bit, mostly before my current "crop" of rifles, but they are tough to find, nowadays... once again I like the Winchesters (Super-X).  Back when I loaded my own, I loaded 180 and 220 almost exclusively.  I've used the Remington's and they are fine performers, never had a problem other than they are "dirtier" than the Winchester... my experience.  Always had to clean more shooting Remington ammo. 
I've never had a deer fail to fall with a 150gr bullet, so it is good for it's purpose.  Plenty of speed, plenty of E, plenty...
 
Hit 'em good, they'll go down...
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I like the 150 gr. for deer, and the 180 gr. for hog and bear.
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when i had an 06 all i ever fed it was 150gr sierra's and elk and deer both died from them.
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Id say see which one gives you the best grouping and use those. However I agree that the 165 grain, or if you load your own the 168 grain would be a nice intermediate choice. You could also try the hornady light magnum in 165 grain witha velocity of 2950.
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I also like the 165gr for the 06, but my abolt really groups the 180's so thats what I use.
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Originally posted by Roy Finn Roy Finn wrote:

In the 06, I'm a 165 kinda guy.
 
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The Nosler 165g Ballistic tip is voodoo on whitetails out of my 06
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150 it is then 4 me!!!! I want something readily available as I don't reload. Thanks guys--Bboy623
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Originally posted by magshooter1 magshooter1 wrote:

Originally posted by Roy Finn Roy Finn wrote:

In the 06, I'm a 165 kinda guy.
 
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The Nosler 165g Ballistic tip is voodoo on whitetails out of my 06
 
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I liked the 168 gr Ballistic Silvertip that Nosler made for Winchester.  It performs well at 06 speeds, and was accurate in my rifles.
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168gr bergers do a good job on deer also out of a 30-06.
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150, 165, 180.

Any decent slug (Core-lokts are decent) in those weights out of an ought-6 is gonna do the trick on a whitetail.

If those 150s shoot, then great.  If not, try a few different brands and bullet weights to find what your rifle likes.  That 110 grain barnes would be dynamite and shoot flat out of a 30-06.
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Originally posted by Gunshow75 Gunshow75 wrote:

Originally posted by magshooter1 magshooter1 wrote:

Originally posted by Roy Finn Roy Finn wrote:

In the 06, I'm a 165 kinda guy.
 
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The Nosler 165g Ballistic tip is voodoo on whitetails out of my 06
 
X3
I liked the 168 gr Ballistic Silvertip that Nosler made for Winchester.  It performs well at 06 speeds, and was accurate in my rifles.
 
I try to keep some stock of those myself....
 
 


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Originally posted by Roy Finn Roy Finn wrote:

Originally posted by Gunshow75 Gunshow75 wrote:

Originally posted by magshooter1 magshooter1 wrote:

Originally posted by Roy Finn Roy Finn wrote:

In the 06, I'm a 165 kinda guy.
 
X2 
The Nosler 165g Ballistic tip is voodoo on whitetails out of my 06
 
X3
I liked the 168 gr Ballistic Silvertip that Nosler made for Winchester.  It performs well at 06 speeds, and was accurate in my rifles.
 
I try to keep some stock of those myself....
 
 




Nice!!!--Bboy623


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As you can see there is no wrong answer.  For the first several hundred yards the 150 will give a flatter trajectory however when you get way out there the 180 will retain more energy.  Both will kill reliable.  Since I hand load I load 168 gr but I have shot lots of deer in Texas with both 150 and 180 in a 30-06. If you are working out past 400 yds go with the 180 closer go with 150 would be my suggestion.
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nah, 350-400 would probably be my max shot and I don't even know if I'd take one that long unless I find out what my bullet drop is at extended ranges. I'm gonna have a 200 yard zero on my 06. You have any idea of what it would be at 300 and 400 yards? I don't have an iPad so I can't d/l cornhuskkid's APP LOL---BBoy623
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Meant to add with 150 gr.--Bboy623
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SmileA long time ago somebody told me that 180's were the way to go with a .30-06. I spent much time, and thought shooting 150's, 165-8's, and 175-8-180's. I was finally able to figure out that the drop at 400 yds with a 175,8-180's was only about 4-5 inches more than 150's (2700 fps vs 2950 fps). The 180 projectile being the same configuration as the 150 grain (plastic tip & boat tail). Out at 400 yards both bullets have approximately the same velocity but the 180 is more wind resistant. Right now I am shooting 178 H AMaxes and 180 Barnes triple shocks with 57.5 grains of R19 - this is in a strong bolt action with a 1-10 twist. The 180 Barnes TSX will expand on 30 lb coyotes yet easily penetrate 3-4 feet of some big beast. With bigger beasts roaming around, such as feral hogs, that could present an opportunity to take on something bigger and tougher than a whitetail.
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