Best bullet weight in the .30-06


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 I just bought a new Remington Model 700 in .30-06 which I am going to reload for. I have a Redding 3-die set and 100 new Remington cases and Remington 9-12 primers, but have not got any projectiles yet. I want to load just one bullet weight to use on everything. What do you think would be best – the 180gn or the 200gn bullet? What brand and weight for all of our deer species? Also the best powder and primer?
Ray Crossman
A
 In my estimation the hunter who wants to use a .30-06 with a single bullet weight for deer would do best with a 165-168gn bullet. Bullets of these weights are for me what the .30-06 is all about. They are the right choices for medium to large deer. Trajectory is flat and long range punch adequate for our largest cervus. My best propellant in the .30-06 with the Nosler 165gn AccuBond is I have found Reloder 22 and a 61gn charge drives it out at 2900fps. If you find Re-22 hard to get try 57gn of AR2209 which gets 2850fps. Nothing is to be gained by using magnum primers as normally pressures go up and accuracy goes to pot. The 180 and 200gn bullets cannot be pushed fast enough to get a really flat trajectory. The Accubond has the good B.C of .475 and can be sighted in 2-12 inches high at 100yds for a 200yd. zero and a drop of 4-inches at 300.


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