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#5450820 - 11/30/14 10:04 PM .30-06 Bullet for Elk
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What would you use in a .30-06 for Elk? Definitely want something that will shoot accurately. Got a new 06 and gonna work up a load for Elk.

I think I have some 150 gr Hornady Interlocks already. Should I try them or would Y'all stay away from those for Elk?

I was thinking of ordering some Nosler Partitions.

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#5450870 - 11/30/14 10:48 PM Re: .30-06 Bullet for Elk [Re: fishhound]
Rocklock Offline
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180gr Nosler Partitions. Look at Shooter's Pro Shop. Got a great buy on blemished 6MM Partitions for the bride's little gun.

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#5450917 - 11/30/14 11:17 PM Re: .30-06 Bullet for Elk [Re: fishhound]
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I have killed a bunch of elk with 180 Remington Core Lokt. That round has accounted for 16 Elk and the Winchester 168 Ballistic Silver Tip has accounted for 5. My dad's Remington 700 shoots the 180 Remington very well and has for years. My Sako 75 has always liked the 168 load. Best advise shoot what your gun likes and go a little heavy.

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#5450926 - 11/30/14 11:33 PM Re: .30-06 Bullet for Elk [Re: fishhound]
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165gr or 180gr Nosler partition or Speer spitzer boat tail.

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#5450960 - 12/01/14 09:02 AM Re: .30-06 Bullet for Elk [Re: fishhound]
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Id go with your thoughts and get some 165-180 grain partitions.
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#5450968 - 12/01/14 09:06 AM Re: .30-06 Bullet for Elk [Re: fishhound]
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My grandfather ran Remington Bronze Points for many years when hunting elk. I have done a lot of shooting with the 165gr Accubond but have not been elk hunting yet.
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#5450979 - 12/01/14 09:09 AM Re: .30-06 Bullet for Elk [Re: fishhound]
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I would go 165 grains as the lightest, and would prefer the 180 grain for elk. A good bonded bullet, or heavy standard lead bullet would be good. A Partition/A-frame is always good.
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#5450999 - 12/01/14 09:13 AM Re: .30-06 Bullet for Elk [Re: dee]
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Originally Posted By: dee
My grandfather ran Remington Bronze Points for many years when hunting elk. I have done a lot of shooting with the 165gr Accubond but have not been elk hunting yet.


Shot bronze points for years in a 270 win. Never heard anyone else mention them.
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#5451051 - 12/01/14 09:28 AM Re: .30-06 Bullet for Elk [Re: Gravytrain]
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I've taken one of my 7 elk with the 180 gr NPT....no fuss, no muss. I also took a mountain caribou in Canada's NWT with the same recipe. I've also used the 150 and 165 gr Partitions as well, but on other animals, not elk. They pretty much all work with boring efficiency.

After 65+ years, the Partition is still the gold standard in premium bullets. "They always expand and they always penetrate." Bob Hagel. Can you ask for more?
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#5451111 - 12/01/14 09:52 AM Re: .30-06 Bullet for Elk [Re: dawaba]
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Originally Posted By: dawaba
"They always expand and they always penetrate." Bob Hagel. Can you ask for more?


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I feel the same way
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#5451536 - 12/01/14 12:25 PM Re: .30-06 Bullet for Elk [Re: redchevy]
dee Offline
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Originally Posted By: redchevy
Originally Posted By: dee
My grandfather ran Remington Bronze Points for many years when hunting elk. I have done a lot of shooting with the 165gr Accubond but have not been elk hunting yet.


Shot bronze points for years in a 270 win. Never heard anyone else mention them.


They are neat I shot a pig or two with them and saved the rest because they are neat.
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#5451557 - 12/01/14 12:33 PM Re: .30-06 Bullet for Elk [Re: fishhound]
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I have an uncle who has boxes upon boxes of them 130 grain for a 270 and 150's in 30-06. Only bullets he will shoot.
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#5451574 - 12/01/14 12:39 PM Re: .30-06 Bullet for Elk [Re: fishhound]
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I used a 180 Gr TTSX when I shot my elk couple years back, worked like a charm.
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#5451913 - 12/01/14 02:49 PM Re: .30-06 Bullet for Elk [Re: fishhound]
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What I'm having a hard time understanding is why some are recommending a particular grain size when his rifle might not be able to shoot it accurately.

No way it's better to shoot a 180 grain bullet out of a gun the hurls it all over the place when it might give nice small cloverleafs with 165. It's a miniscule weight difference. My '06 sucks big time with anything other than 165 grain bullets.

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#5451940 - 12/01/14 02:55 PM Re: .30-06 Bullet for Elk [Re: tenyearsgone]
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Originally Posted By: tenyearsgone
What I'm having a hard time understanding is why some are recommending a particular grain size when his rifle might not be able to shoot it accurately.

No way it's better to shoot a 180 grain bullet out of a gun the hurls it all over the place when it might give nice small cloverleafs with 165. It's a miniscule weight difference. My '06 sucks big time with anything other than 165 grain bullets.


I prefer the heavier bullets for game. I think they perform better, especially when you get to the bigger critters. My 270 has shot and grouped everything from 90-160 grain ammo without issue and my 300 wby has grouped everything from 125-220 without issue. I think most of the "my gun likes this weight etc." is from factory loadings not from the actual bullet weight. My 243 wouldn't group 95 grain federal fusion does that mean it must shoot lighter bullets? no it loves 100 grain sierras, just that particular load didn't jive with it, may be seating depth powder charge just the bullet etc. but it will stabilize a 100 grain so I highly doubt its the weight.
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