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30-06 bullets for Pa. woods deer ? #14445316 01/08/20
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I had a Remington 700 22" 30-06 rebarreled with a 24" Remington TI 30-06 stainless fluted barrel about 2 years ago.
Have not shot it yet !!
I'm thinking of going home to Pa. this deer season to hunt with my life long friend at his camp like in our younger days.
Been about 14 years since I've been hunting at home.
(From Pa., always from Pa.)
Back in the day, and my buddy, to this day, we used 180 gr round nose bullets. He still loads them for his Amish Machine gun.
My last buck was with a round nose.
Since I'm starting from scratch, should I pick a general purpose bullet and hunt there, and here in the west for all manner of big game, or just load something for under 100 yard Pa. white tails?
What bullets ??

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Hunting in New York State with my Amish machine gun, all the whitetails I shot were with a 150 grain pointed soft point in 30-06, and they all expired immediately. With the 06, doesn't matter much as to bullet weight, just put the bullet in the right place and it will work fine, and you already know that.


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Re: 30-06 bullets for Pa. woods deer ? [Re: splattermatic] #14445538 01/08/20
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Just close your eyes and pick one. I doubt there's a .30 bullet made that won't kill a whitetail deer.

More important concerns: Yuengling's vs. Straub's for hunting camp libation. Scrapple vs. smoked sausage for breakfast. Woolrich vs. camo. Lebanon baloney vs. ham for the deer stand sandwich.


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Re: 30-06 bullets for Pa. woods deer ? [Re: gnoahhh] #14445618 01/08/20
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Originally Posted by gnoahhh
Just close your eyes and pick one. I doubt there's a .30 bullet made that won't kill a whitetail deer.

More important concerns: Yuengling's vs. Straub's for hunting camp libation. Scrapple vs. smoked sausage for breakfast. Woolrich vs. camo. Lebanon baloney vs. ham for the deer stand sandwich.


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Scrapple & sausage
Camo (it is Pennsyltucky afterall)
Lebanon baloney (sweet or regular no matter)
Round nose of your choice

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Originally Posted by gnoahhh
Just close your eyes and pick one. I doubt there's a .30 bullet made that won't kill a whitetail deer.

More important concerns: Yuengling's vs. Straub's for hunting camp libation. Scrapple vs. smoked sausage for breakfast. Woolrich vs. camo. Lebanon baloney vs. ham for the deer stand sandwich.



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Re: 30-06 bullets for Pa. woods deer ? [Re: splattermatic] #14445847 01/08/20
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Originally Posted by splattermatic
...I'm thinking of going home to Pa. this deer season to hunt with my life long friend at his camp like in our younger days. Been about 14 years since I've been hunting at home. (From Pa., always from Pa.)

Back in the day, and my buddy, to this day, we used 180 gr round nose bullets. He still loads them for his Amish Machine gun. My last buck was with a round nose.

Since I'm starting from scratch, should I pick a general purpose bullet and hunt there, and here in the west for all manner of big game, or just load something for under 100 yard Pa. white tails? What bullets ??


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Re: 30-06 bullets for Pa. woods deer ? [Re: splattermatic] #14445958 01/08/20
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FWIW, my younger brother uses standard cup and core 150 grain soft points. They kill deer dead right there if placed in an appropriate place. His handloads are going at about 2850 fps at the muzzle.

I use the same bullets in a .300 Savage. My handloads are going about 2600 fps. Same result.

That being said, almost any reasonably well constructed bullet of from 135-180 grains will kill a PA whitetail if placed appropriately and none of them will do the job if the shot is in the wrong place. Pick what you are comfortable with and shoot straight. Good luck on your hunt.

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I've used 180gr Speer Round Nose bullets on several Wisconsin & Michigan Whitetails. 180gr RN Remington CoreLokts too. None have failed, all have exited. These were all out of a Remington 700 BDL 30/06.

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I'm sure the PA woods are no different than the GA woods. Deer may be bigger though. RN will work, but don't offer a single advantage. Nothing special needed, use the same bullet you'd use anywhere else


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Re: 30-06 bullets for Pa. woods deer ? [Re: splattermatic] #14446269 01/08/20
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Which ever bullet weight you chose load your 30-06 down to 300 Savage velocity levels and you should be.... GOLDEN.

I would bet if you took a poll of the most popular 30-06 factory loading in Pa it would be the Remington 30-06 180 gr round nose core-lokt.

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180 core lokt


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I’ve always felt the 180 Partition is the answer to all 30-06 bullet questions. Only shot one whitetail buck with it, but performance was perfect.

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I debated the same question for a long time many years ago, 150 or 180 grain ? Have been shooting nothing but the 165 grain cup & core for northern Mi whitetails without a single reason to complain. Whatever you use in the '06 will be fine.

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About anything heavier than130 gr will work ,but if you want less meat damage,go heavy for caliber,assuming you don't shoot them in the shoulder.
I meet a lot of Michigan, Wisconsin whitetail hunters hunters out here in Colorado elk hunting.I usually ask them what they are carrying. A lot have pump or semi 30-06 Remingtons stuffed with 180 or 220gr RN a lot more towards the220 gr. They say that is what they use on whitetail where they hunt.
I started hunting whitetails in PA in the mid 50's with a32-20. My father used a Marlin 94 in 38-40 and killed a deer with it. It doesn't take much to kill them.


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Re: 30-06 bullets for Pa. woods deer ? [Re: splattermatic] #14446334 01/08/20
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I am with the fella's that said load whatever you feel like.

I don't think there is a darned negative to a 180 grain RN of your choosing pushed along at 2400+ FPS though. Zeroed at an easy 200 yards offers plenty of range to shoot further if you wanted and should always leave an exit on the biggest of bucks. I don't typically care about blood trails out west, but in the thicker Eastern woods, they really take some stress off you when there are two holes leaking blood for you to find.


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Sierra 165gr. Game King is my bullet of choice, kills whitetails with authority.

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Originally Posted by gnoahhh
Just close your eyes and pick one. I doubt there's a .30 bullet made that won't kill a whitetail deer.

More important concerns: Yuengling's vs. Straub's for hunting camp libation. Scrapple vs. smoked sausage for breakfast. Woolrich vs. camo. Lebanon baloney vs. ham for the deer stand sandwich.


Yuengling
Scrapple
Lebanon sweet bologna (my hometown)
Camo (wool is itchy)

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As to the purpose of the thread I like just about any 150 grain for our deer.

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Ding, ding...
Steve Redgwell nailed it......
Going home to hunt with my life long buddy is priceless.
His wife still uses a 7600 carbine I gave her in 91 !
I'll be using this with round noser's
Just put a 3.5-10 on it this morning
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Pretty much any cup/n/core from 150-180 will do the job. No need for premiums.


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