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Posted: July 20 2018 at 8:24am | IP Logged Quote M700

So - what are your favored hunting bullets, and why?

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Usually I use the Nosler Ballistic Tips:

30-06 165 gr

25-06 115 gr

Both have proven to be very accurate, and quite lethal on game. Normally I hunt mule deer, with the occasional antelope thrown in. The 25-06 with the 115's does a great job for that.

That 165 from the 30-06 though... It's just a great all-around bullet. Fall of 2016 I gave it quite a workout with black bear, elk, mule deer & pronghorn.

Fast expansion, yet retains enough weight to smash deep.

I use other bullets, but those Ballistic Tips really work well for me.

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In the 25-06 it's the Barns 100 gr TTSX.
30-06, Nosler 165 & 180 gr.
The TTSX in my Stevens has extreme HV, very accurate and
deadly.

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Posted: July 20 2018 at 10:46am | IP Logged Quote richhodg66

Various cast and the reason being it's very satisfying to know what worked I made myself. Besides, the methods and terrain I hunt, those bullets are perfectly adequate.

That said, when I used to use jacketed bullets, my main .30-06 liked 165 grain Sierra Game Kings best, and my 6mm the 100 grain Hornady BTSP. I used bulk packed Remington Corelokts in my .35 Remington to good success bot accuracy and terminal performance wise and actually killed a couple with the .25-06 using Nosler Partitions I happened to get in a gun show deal. All of them work fine, I'd just use whatever shot most accurately in my rifle and be done with it as long as it was an appropriate weight and design of bullet for the intended game.

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Posted: July 20 2018 at 10:50am | IP Logged Quote Paul B.

Used Sierra Pro-hunters for many many years in the 30-06, most the
150 gr. for deer. Switched to 180 gr. PH's when I got tired of losing too
much meat from the 150s. I did take one elk with the 165 gr. Accubond
from the 30-06. No pass though but still never found the bullet.

Back to 150s in the .308, then 180s and finally the 165 gr. Speer Hot
Core.

Tried the 140 gr. 7MM Ballistic tips on one deer and lost it. Early
version from when they came 100 to the box. Been playing with the
150 gr. Partition in the 7x57 with Re17 with some interesting results.

I found a good load for the .280 Remington using the 160 gr. Speer old
version grand Slam. Haven't shot any game with them yet.

Lately my go to load for elk is the 225 gr. TSX over 60.4 gr. Rl15. Quite
a bit over book max so start lower if you want to try it. Six shots, six
elk.

If I do an elk hunt this year I may try either the 7x57 or .280 but will take
the .35 Whelen as back up gun.
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I've used Nosler BTs and Sierra Pro Hunter in both the .25-06 and
.300 H&H Mag.   Of the 2 I liked the Noslers the best, they never
failed me.

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Over the last half century I've grown very fond of
Nosler, then Sierra, followed by Speer. 95% from a
.30'06. It's THE cartridge. All others are clones, neo-
wannabes, and runners up. If ya got the original why
settle for second best?
And Nosler builds the best products and their stuff just
does not fail. When I went on serious hunts my .30'06 was
loaded with Nosler bullets.

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Posted: July 20 2018 at 3:28pm | IP Logged Quote Rex

I've taken a truck load of deer with Hornady's 150 grain SP bullet in 30-06. Never seen a reason to change.
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Posted: July 20 2018 at 4:04pm | IP Logged Quote beerd

Nothing fancy.
Mostly cast or cup & core Hornady.
The 125gr Ballistic Tip works good in my 30 Herrett Contender, that's as new wave as it gets.
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". If ya got the original why
settle for second best? "

Because my 25-06 shoots faster and more flat shooting then my 30-06!

And no critter has ever went far after being hit with a 100 gr bullet at over 3500 fps MV if didn't just flat out DIW.
More then I can say for the deer I shot with a Winchester 30-30.....
Or the one I had to search for after hitting it with a 150 gr 30-06....
Don't get me wrong. I still trust a 30-06 for bigger game then a deer with a 180 gr bullet.

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I wrote back on this but decided it wasn't worth it and
deleted it. Think what ya want...

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Yea,well, as Dirty Harry said...
Opinion's are like A## H#@#@, every body has one.....

Edited by STCM(SW) on July 20 2018 at 11:28pm


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Posted: July 21 2018 at 12:34am | IP Logged Quote Old Ranger

I was being polite here....

Have a nice day Master Chief.

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I shoot a lot of cast boolits in general,
and do a lot of hunting with them as well.

When it comes to store bought bullets, I'm
still very fond of Remington bonded core
soft point bullets but their availability
in specific calibers and weights as
loading components is hit and miss.
Really wish I could still get my hands on
their bronze tip bullets but they don't
even make those as loaded ammo anymore
much less trying to find them as loading
components.

And of course for specific guns like my
375-H&H the Woodleigh bullets with their
thicker heavier jacket then most other
offerings are among my favorites, but only
for the guns that need them due to their
significantly higher price tag.

Speer used to make some half jacket
handgun bullets with massive exposed lead
noses that were perfect for hunting big
game with handguns or carbine rifles
chambered for handgun cartridges but those
are also pretty much hit and miss now as
far as availability.

I'm not very fond of "lead free" bullets
but for hunting in areas where they are
required I try to stay away from the
Barnes coppers and instead go with a
guilding metal solid.

Anyway that's my $0.02

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223 Rem (12" twist): Nosler 50 or 55 grain BT. They are extremely accurate, have excellent terminal performance and I can purchase them in boxes of 250. I like the 50 grainer out of my short barrel Rem Model 7's and the 55's out of long varmint barrels (i.e. 24 and 26" length).

243 Win (10" twist): many excellent bullets but if I had to pick one it would be the 85 gain Sierra BTHP. This bullet shoots like a match bullet accuracy wise and can serve as an all around bullet for varmints, predators and deer. I've take all three with this bullet and it works great. It's my go to bullet for the 243.

308 Win: again many excellent bullets but the one I use the most is the 150 gain Sierra Pro Hunter. It's a no thrills bullet (cheap price wise) but works terrific on white tails. Very accurate and excellent penetration.

38/357 Pistol: Hornday 125 XTP HP - very accurate, excellent terminal performance, mild recoil.

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Posted: July 21 2018 at 6:12pm | IP Logged Quote safari100

Hunting bullets with few exceptions Swift A-Frames. Barnes bullets in the 25-06, 300H+H 200 gr. lrxbt, and 45-70 which kills with anything but am shooting 300 gr. Barnes flat nose.

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We've used Ballistic Tips, Partitions, TSX, Interlocks, Accubonds, Grand Slams, Silver Tips and some .45 cal. cast bullets, too.

Too many to keep track of.


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Anymore it is mostly cast bullets that I shoot, except for my 6.5x257 Rob Jap carbine. It uses the 160 gr. round nose Carcano Hornady that measures .268 dia. Was the only jacketed bullet that I could find that was large enough for the Jap bore. Works great on deer at around 2,450 fps. The only other Hornady bullet that I shoot is the .224 45 gr. HPBEE in my .22 K Hornet. It is short and works in the box magazine of my 77-22 Ruger, plus it has a cannelure for crimping and helps with accuracy of the slow Lil'Gun powder. Hornady leaves a lot of copper in the bore so I Moly Coat all the Hornady bullets.

I guess 80% of any jacketed bullets that I have ever used were Sierra. Mostly SBT Game Kings and a few others here and there and they performed just perfect for my needs without fouling up the bore with copper. Sierra HPBT Match Kings for my non hunting rounds. I have always found very accurate loads using Sierra and the performance on game is great anywhere a cup/core bullet can be used.

I used Nosler partitions a few times in a .243 Win. for deer and they were great and accurate, but pricey. Certainly worth it for the bigger game I would think, but not necessary for Missouri deer.

Most accurate jacketed bullet I ever found for my .44 mag. Blackhawk or my .44 mag. 94 Win. was the Speer 225gr. HP half jacket. Now long discontinued. Now for the 94 Win. I use the Lyman 429215gc sized .432 weighing around 222gr. and pushed by AA-#9 to 1,900 fps. Excellent accuracy.

Have never shot any all copper bullets. Likely never will as long as it is legal to shoot lead. If they outlaw lead I might just quit shooting.

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Seems like every time I find one I fall in love with when I
go back to order more ...they don't make em any more.
I got to stop buying old partial boxes in the back of gun
stores no matter how good the bargain.......

As far as casting goes ... if the bullet don't work it
means I have to go back and buy a gun it does work in


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Thanks for the tip about the Carcano 268 in 6.5 jap....I
may just check that out... if Hornady still makes em ...
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I like the 180 gr. Sierra Gamekings in my 30/06 A.I., and
used 150 gr.
Ballistic Silvertips in my 7mm RemMag when I had it. The
30-30 gets cast bullets, mostly. 160 gr.

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