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    Default Big Game Ammo 30-06

    I am planning a hunt next year and am looking at start pulling some ammo and seeing how it shoots. Just curious on what other 30-06 users use?? I will be after Moose/Brownies.

    I was at cheaper than dirt and they have so many types to choose from. I do not reload so they will be bought and shot. I might get into reloading but at the moment I will stick with factory loads.

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    Brand: FIOCCHI Extrema Rifle Hunting Cartridge
    Grain: 180 SST Polymer-Tip Boat Tail

    Thanks in Advance
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    Federal Premium ammo 180g Nosler Partition

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    Honrady Light mag ammo 180g Interlock SPBT

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    Thanks Bernie..

    Is that what you used to drop that beuty in your picture?


    What would be a good way to test a round to see how the expansion and fragmentation goes with different rounds?

    Shoot a 2x4 or 4x4 and put a couple pieces of cardboard after it and the backstop to see how the round performs? Any ideas?

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    Default Bullet Performance

    I think Federal also loads the Barnes Triple-shock bullet in this caliber. Anyhow, you want a bullet that is going to hold together. For testing bullets you could use some wet telephone books to check destruction or get a recipe for ballistic gelatin. Good luck!

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    I am also a factory ammo guy. Federal Premium 180 grain Nosler Partition bullet. Good for everything except maybe going after Kodiak/AK pen/SE brownies on purpose, which I personally don't.
    They are expensive, but everything I have ever pointed the rifle at and pulled the trigger falls over dead.

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    Thanks Game, I will have to try to look up the gelaton but if it is difficult then I will just use the telephone book method.

    I seen some that go up to 200grain and even 220grain. I guess not to many people use these. To big or to slow??

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    I think alot of folks use the 200&220gr. and for sure if brownies are in the works. Some handloaders even go a bit bigger. I would take the 220 over the 180 in all cases where shooting under 300 yards if moose and bear were my target game

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    Default Around for a long time

    The Nosler partition round has been around (and effective) for a long time. If your rifle shoots partitions well, I wouldn't look at anything else.

    I use my 06 for something other than brown bears and usually shoot something lighter BUT, when that something else is down, I immediately load my 06 with 180 grain partitions - just in case.

    The newer BarnesX bullets are also good. Shoot something that your rifle will shoot accurately and that has enough weight to stop a bear.

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    I don't have an "06" myself, but my buddy who I spent a week hunting with in Namibia last month, is an "06" man. He used Federal Premium 180gr. Triple Shocks. He only recovered 1 Bullet and I think that was from a Wildebeest shot at 300+ yards. It shot through and killed with authority including Kudu, Gemsbok, and Zebra also, which are tough, fairly large critters. I was shooting same kind of ammo in 225gr. .338winmag. Six bullets fired, six animals dead. I personally,
    would have no problem useing the "06" for Moose and Brown Bears with carefull shot placement. No bullet replaces shot placement.

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    150 grain Barnes X Bullets. You can kill anything in Alaska with confidence with this round. If you want something that will stop a bear, then I would go higher, but this round will go through a brown bear like a hot knife through butter. Same with moose.
    "Ya can't stop a bad guy with a middle finger and a bag of quarters!!!!"- Ted Nugent.

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    Federal Premium with the Trophy Bonded Bear Claw 165gr

    Great bullet

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    I use Federal Premium High Energy w/ 180 gr Nosler Partition. However, Federal is dropping that load and swapping out the Partition for the Trophy Bonded Tipped. The published velocities @ 2880 fps are the same.
    Now what ?

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    What, no Remington Core-lokt fans out there?

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    Smile One for Remington

    180gr Core-Lokt. Been using them for about 35 years. Bought a .300wm about 10 years ago and use it now for anything over elk/black bear size. Still use a 180gr in it also. Might up the gr for Brown bear/Musk Ok/ and Bison which I'll never get a tag for anyway. IMO.

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    Erik, here's another vote for the Federal 165gr Trophy Bonded Bear Claw. Unfortunately they stopped making it - replacing it with the "tipped" version - but I have a good enough stock laid in to get me through this season at least.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JRaw View Post
    Erik, here's another vote for the Federal 165gr Trophy Bonded Bear Claw. Unfortunately they stopped making it - replacing it with the "tipped" version - but I have a good enough stock laid in to get me through this season at least.
    Really? Dang!
    If I'd a been paying attention I would have bought more. I have 4 boxes and a few loose rounds left. I shoot the cheap stuff for practice and sighting then burn as few rounds of hunting ammo as possible for final adjustments.

    Hopefully the tipped stuff will perform just as well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by watkinsba View Post
    Thanks Bernie..

    Is that what you used to drop that beuty in your picture?


    What would be a good way to test a round to see how the expansion and fragmentation goes with different rounds?

    Shoot a 2x4 or 4x4 and put a couple pieces of cardboard after it and the backstop to see how the round performs? Any ideas?

    Yes, I used the Honrady Light mag ammo 180g Interlock SPBT for the Brown Bear in my aviator. I think the Noslar Partition is a little bit better bullet but the Hornady ammo works great and it’s a little cheaper.

    If you want to test the rounds I would use a sheet of ¾ plywood to simulate a shoulder and several feet of wet phone books behind it.

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    Thumbs up THE "NEW TIPED STUFF" WORKS GREAT (40+$ a box)

    I 2ND/3RD ****Federal Premium with the Trophy Bonded Bear Claw*** 165gr... WACKEM & STACKEM PS ...former (9.99 a box) 180gr fed classic user/it was a da m good bullet till the bear claws came around...
    WHEN IN DOUBT> THROTTLE OUT.......

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    Default 180 barnes tripple shock for goat????

    Planning on using these for moose and goat this year. what do you think???

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    Quote Originally Posted by ducks n' dogs View Post
    Planning on using these for moose and goat this year. what do you think???
    It will work but a 180 Noslar Partition would better bet and a quicker kill.

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