Developing an up close dangerous game load for 30-06
My two favorite cartridges are number one is the 30-06 and second is the 300WB'Y Mag. I am deciding which one I will use if I can arrange a grizzly bear hunt. The 30-06 is a Kimber 8400 Montana (control feed) and the other is a Ruger #1 in 300WBY.
Years ago when I was a young man in my 20ís we loaded a 250 gr Barnes bullet in front of 50 gr of IMR4350 and we could get out of a 24Ē barrel 2375fps. Now that load was what we all called Thorís Hammer. It hit like the hammer of God. If we sighted it at 3Ē high at 100yds we had a zero of 202yds and a point blank of 250. Of course I canít find any of those bullets today. Sure wish someone had some and would sell them to me. So I am going to try and develop a heavy bullet load with Woodleigh bullets using 200gr protected point, 220gr RN, and their 240gr Protected Pont.
Loads will be as follows:
200gr Protected Point in front of 54grs IMR 4350
220gr Round Nose in front of either 52gr IMR 4350 or 57gr MRP
240gr Protected Point in front of 50-51grs of IMR 4350
Now I have never used Woodleigh bullets and what I have read indicates they are accurate and perform very well in a 30-06 and even the 240gr bullet is designed to be used in a 30-06. They are reported from the field by friends of mine in Africa to leave a good wound channel.
If any of you have had any experience with these bullets let me know and if you have any other ideas on heavy bullets you think should be used from 200-250 and they would perform well at 30-06 velocities up close on a big bear please let me know.