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Old 07-17-2013, 03:40 PM
 
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I'm considering a 140 gr....but I've heard 150 is about as light as you want. Anyone have an opinion?
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Old 07-17-2013, 03:56 PM
 
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I'm considering a 140 gr....but I've heard 150 is about as light as you want. Anyone have an opinion?
I've never had an issue with 100 grain core-lokt in a .25-06 or an 85 grain .243, FWIW. I can't imagine that any hunting round available for the .30-06 wouldn't perform adequately for whitetails, muleys, fallow, axis, etc.
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Old 07-17-2013, 07:33 PM
 
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I use 150 grain. Works great for hogs, deer, or exotics. My son shoots 223 in 75 grain ballistic tips. He's taken lots of deer. MPO, ballistics matter more than caliber. I am sure that 140 grain will get the job done.
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Old 07-17-2013, 09:53 PM
 
Location: New Mexico
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I use an 87 or 100 grain in a .257 Roberts for deer. For elk I will bump it up to a 150 grain in the 06. Shot placement is the key for any round though.
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Old 07-18-2013, 08:27 AM
 
Location: San Diego
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Heavier bullets hold together better when they start hitting stuff. I run 150s for 06 and 200 for the win mag for elk.
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Old 07-18-2013, 09:10 AM
 
Location: Spots Wyoming
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I use 180's. Not so much because of knock down power, but my Garand makes good use of 180's. Lighter or heavier and I start loosing accuracy. What is the sweet spot for your gun?

Also, my deer and elk are hunted at the same time, same area, so whichever I see first, is what I will shoot. 200-600 yards, so the heavier 180 is much nicer.
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Old 07-18-2013, 01:59 PM
 
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I reload so I vary depending on where I go. BUT my best all around load is 150 hornady @ 2950fps. good for here in the northwest states.
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Old 07-18-2013, 02:02 PM
 
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I use 180's. Not so much because of knock down power, but my Garand makes good use of 180's. Lighter or heavier and I start loosing accuracy. What is the sweet spot for your gun?

Also, my deer and elk are hunted at the same time, same area, so whichever I see first, is what I will shoot. 200-600 yards, so the heavier 180 is much nicer.
Do you hunt with your Garand? If so, do you make 600 yard shots with it?
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Old 07-18-2013, 06:40 PM
 
Location: so cal
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150 grain will work fine. Anything in 06 will drop a deer if it is placed right. Like Elk Hunter said it depends on what load your rifle likes.
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Old 07-18-2013, 06:54 PM
 
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I usually use 150 grain bullets for deer in one of my '06's, but if I'm hunting where I know I will be making some long shots, I use 165 grain boat tail reloads. I know these are highly accurate, and better than the run of the mill 150 grain factory loads. Deer are not hard to kill, especially when you are close. Over the years I've used every thing you might think of, including a 22 long. Shot placement is everything.
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