Well, I am getting close in developing hunting loads for the 30-06 that will knock big stuff down. I am at the moment getting close to finishing my 200gr load as you will see in the photo that follows. As for the 200gr load all I have to do now is shoot two 5 shoot groups between to different loads to finally settle on one. The following 3 shoot group is one of the loads that I will shoot in the 5 shot test group (my breathing really messed up this group causing me to string the shots but we all have those days) and the other load is the same as below but with 54gr IMR4350 and then I will compare the winner of this test to the Woodleigh 200gr Protected Point using same powder charges and compoents.
This is 52.8grs IMR4350, Fed.210 primer, Win Brass trimed to 2.494, Sierra 200gr SBT (these were all weighed and were 100th of one grain with in each other, for the most part they weighed the same). O.A.L. 3.320.
I have coming from Woodleigh a box of 240gr Protected Points developed for the 30-06 and in my conversation with Mr. McDonald, he said, "Obviously you are quite experienced Mike, so I have no hesitation in commending the 240gr for the 30-06. I have personally shot quite a few buffalo and camels with this combination, with complete satisfaction. Probably no need for the solids in your follow up shots."
Regards, Geoff McDonald
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when I do finish my deveopment of the the 200gr round for deer, hog, Elk and black bear I will report the results of what bullet and load shot best. Also when I finish working up an accurate load with good velocities for the 240gr big bear load with safe pressures I will report that also.