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    Default Best 200+ grain round for 30-06

    I am looking for factory loads for my 30-06 in something over 200 gr. I see Remington core lokt and federal make some, but was looking for Nosler or Barnes. Does anyone make factory loads like this? My Tikka really likes the noslers. This is for an upcoming nison hunt. Thanks in advance.
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    I have been shooting 220 grain out of my 30-06 for years. Have been shooting the 30-06 Win 220 gr RN Custom International by Hornady if you can find them
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    Nosler loads 200 grain AccuBombs in 30-06, but I think the heaviest TSX or Partition you'll find in factory loads is 180 grain. I think I'd opt for the TSX.
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    Factory loads are limited for 200gr and over.

    Federal loads the 220gr Speer and Remington has a 220 Corelokt... Doubletap and Nosler load the 200gr AB and Lapua loads the 200gr Mega.

    All of them should be just fine. Corelokts and Federal will be easier to source.
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    How long did it take to draw a nison permit?

    As an aside, I would either go generic Core-Lokt 220,s, or sweeten the deal with Swift A-Frames.

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    Walmart in eagle river had cor lokts in 220 yesterday.

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    Quote Originally Posted by alaska viking View Post
    How long did it take to draw a nison permit?
    First time I applied
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    norma 200 grains oryx if you can find them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by alaska viking View Post
    How long did it take to draw a nison permit?

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    i think he meant nissan, should be an easy hunt on accounta there's lots of them around.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 2dawgs View Post
    i think he meant nissan, should be an easy hunt on accounta there's lots of them around.
    Yeah, but not many have the width or brow tines....
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    Quote Originally Posted by 4merguide View Post
    Yeah, but not many have the width or brow tines....
    I thought the "Nissan" permit was an antlerless tag?

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    After talking to the Wood Bison biologist who had to dispatch a lot of bison over the years, I was told to drill them with the heart and lung shot 3x as being the most effective/humane manner to dump either a plains or wood bison. A Barnes TSX would be my choice or Hornaday GMX.

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    Nosler sells their loaded ammo via their website, shooters pro shop. Pretty good stuff.

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    My buddy took a cow bison a couple years ago with federal 200gr trophy bonded. One shot to the lungs tipped it over


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    I bought some 220 grain partitions I bought from shooters pro shop, but I haven't shot many of them.

    You're welcome to try a few if you want to see how they shoot out of your gun, it's not factory ammo but easy to load as they post their data online.
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    Quote Originally Posted by fishdog52 View Post
    Nosler sells their loaded ammo via their website, shooters pro shop. Pretty good stuff.
    I just read that they don't ship to AK.
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    A buddy of mine shot his bison two years ago with a single 220gr Corelokt, range of 80 yards....both lungs and done.

    No need to overthink the heavy .30-06 rounds...they'll all work the same. Big chunk of lead at plodding velocity. Hand loading opens a lot of doors but for a one-off hunt, probably a lot of hassle.
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    Quote Originally Posted by hodgeman View Post
    A buddy of mine shot his bison two years ago with a single 220gr Corelokt, range of 80 yards....both lungs and done.

    No need to overthink the heavy .30-06 rounds...they'll all work the same. Big chunk of lead at plodding velocity. Hand loading opens a lot of doors but for a one-off hunt, probably a lot of hassle.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 2dawgs View Post
    corelockt, the deadliest mushroom in the woods. Killed everything I've ever shot.
    When you get all the way up to 220 grains of bullet weight in the .30-'06 and it's only moving at 2410fps (and remember it's only going that "fast" at the muzzle), you don't really need a super-premium projectile. But, you do need to know your trajectory and distance for any long shots.

    Just picked up 5 boxes of Remington 220 Core-Loct's on sale last weekend. With the mail-in rebate, they were less than $1/rd. And as much as it pains me to say it, that's a bargain in today's ammo world. Now, even with checking my zero and practicing from field positions a few times every year, I'm set for quite a few seasons.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BluNosDav View Post
    it's only moving at 2410fps ....your trajectory and distance for any long shots.
    Off Topic- but that's one of the rubs with this minimum bullet weight rule. I think it's outdated at this point. A good, controlled expansion 180gr will penetrate just as well as the 220gr without the 100 yard range penalty the heavy weight gives you. The 220gr works for sure, but bullet technology has come a long way since those came out.

    The 220gr complies with the rule- but I wonder if its still necessary.
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