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Late to the party. I haven't used a 220 grain 06 for a couple of years. We used to use a Barnes Original RN 250grain for all 308 cals. They would get to 2600fps in 300Wins and about 2200 fps in 06. These were hot loads in each case. They recoiled sharply but were typically the first round in the gun with Trophy Bonded bullets following for range. Most of the time we nevered had to shoot a second time and they counted on a lot of moose and caribou. I remember 1 blackbear that we shot with them as well. Devasting wound track and they might be recovered on the far side of a moose if you were shooting stem to stern otherwise they would punch clean through. We hunted a lot in the brush and felt that they worked as Grizzly insurance. They were deadly under 250 yds where we typically shot moose. They don't make those old barnes bullets anymore and there is quite the demand for them in Alaska. I do have and shoot 220 rnd nose 06 blue box federal out of my 30/03 1895 and I think that they go about 2200fps. They function very well and are quite accurate for this rifle. I believe that I have about four boxes squirrelled away just for this combo.

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Loaded these for a 30-06 for many years. First loaded for my brother's 7400 carbine and he has killed a truckload of whitetails with them. All complete pass throughs, which is not a surprise. I later used the same bullet and load for my 7600 carbine. Shoots very acceptable (~ 1.5" @100) for a short barreled pump rifle. I tend to prefer heavy for caliber in most of my hunting rifles.


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Despite all the negative reports I've read in this thread....

the 15 years I lived in Minnesota and hunted Northern MN and Northern Wisconsin for those 15 years.
It was the only bullet I used, in factory produced ammo for my 30/06.

IT NEVER failed, regardless of distance. I wanted a round that would put a deer down on the spot, because you get a runner in those northern swamps.. good luck retrieving it...The furthest distance I ever shot a deer with it, was at 300 yds +...across a Wisconsin swamp.

Had to walk a good 1/2 mile or more around the swamp to locate the buck, I'd shot on the other side. When I came upon it, it was laying dead and had a little blood spot on its right side, right behind the shoulder... I turned it over, and it had another quarter sized exit hole, and there was 5 or 6 corn kernals laying on the ground with the exit hole.. and not much blood laying on the ground....

When I cut it open to gut it, the lungs and the top of the liver looked like it had been stirred with a chain saw....

Snow on the ground, showed it had dropped at my shot, DRT.. Never knew what hit him...

With that much sectional density of a 220 grainer, when I shoot it at steel at 300 yds, it certainly hits that plate with authority...
its FT/LB numbers may not look real impressive on a from a reload manual... but when it hits, it certainly will penetrate thru right quite a bit.

I've never recovered a bullet when using the 220 grain RN...be it corelokt, or a Hornady or Sierra S.P.

If I need a bullet with some real thump when using an 06 or 300 Win Mag, it is the one I purchased... Been handloading since 1995.
With RL 22 in an 06, you get 2650 fps at the Muzzle... with 83 grains of H1000 in a 300 Win Mag with it, its MV is just short of 3000 fps.

The way the 300 Win Mag slaps a steel gong at 300 yds, with that bullet, is IMPRESSIVE. Certainly gets the attention of others down at the Shooting Range.


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Originally Posted by Brown_Bass_Hunter
Loaded these for a 30-06 for many years. First loaded for my brother's 7400 carbine and he has killed a truckload of whitetails with them. All complete pass throughs, which is not a surprise. I later used the same bullet and load for my 7600 carbine. Shoots very acceptable (~ 1.5" @100) for a short barreled pump rifle. I tend to prefer heavy for caliber in most of my hunting rifles.

220s in a 7600 30-06 Carbine would be a handful, esp at the bench.

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I purchased a bunch of them on a good deal and loaded them in my Browning 06 for hogs here in south Georgia. Every hog I've shot died, but I was no particularly impressed with penetration or weigh retention. Still, out of an 06, I'm sure they'll suffice.


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Originally Posted by jorgeI
I purchased a bunch of them on a good deal and loaded them in my Browning 06 for hogs here in south Georgia. Every hog I've shot died, but I was no particularly impressed with penetration or weigh retention. Still, out of an 06, I'm sure they'll suffice.
I picked up some as well for reasonable coin but have yet to use them. It may be that these were more designed around 30-40krag velocity window? IDK. It sounds like if their slowed down a touch they might be decent

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I hope nobody minds if I ask a related question.... I have 6 boxes of (30 year old, properly stored ) Winchester Silvertip .30-06 220 grain on hand. Never used them on game. Do the 220 gr. Silvertips behave similar to the Hornady 220 RN?

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Originally Posted by castnblast
I hope nobody minds if I ask a related question.... I have 6 boxes of (30 year old, properly stored ) Winchester Silvertip .30-06 220 grain on hand. Never used them on game. Do the 220 gr. Silvertips behave similar to the Hornady 220 RN?

I think the 220 old Silver Tip pentrated better and held more. Ted Hazelwood killed a Cape Buffalo 🐃 with the 220 Old Silve Tip in the 300 Win mag



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Originally Posted by castnblast
I hope nobody minds if I ask a related question.... I have 6 boxes of (30 year old, properly stored ) Winchester Silvertip .30-06 220 grain on hand. Never used them on game. Do the 220 gr. Silvertips behave similar to the Hornady 220 RN?

Those should work great on a bull winkle.

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Cast. I have an Alaskan book at home by a noted Alaska hunter. He mostly used 220 coreloke in his .30-06, but one fall used 180 gr. Silvertips, as I remember the story, they expanded too much and he never used them again. Now that was 180's,but I have shot a number of deer with Silvertip 220s and they really put a hole in whitetails. I was shooting a ,300 WM, but the expansion was something else.
As a side in Africa I shot a wildbeaste with my ,300 and a 200 gr Nosler Part. I hit the left shoulder, and we found the bullet in the right hip. He was facing me at a slight angle. You might just have to try the Silvertips and see, but maybe with a deer or black bear first.


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I finished a wounded elk with one by shooting it in the neck, it was laying down head up looking at me. the bullet hit mid neck and though it killed the elk the bullet did not exit. This was out of a 30-06 pushed by a top load of H4831. Was not impressed with the Hornady 220 gr. RN myself.

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I've killed many whitetails with 30 cal round nose of all sorts. The are the best bullet for dropping game right there when dealing with that size game. Going elk or bigger, they come apart. My brother has shot a few elk with them and they dont do well hitting any bone or even exiting. IMO, they are better suited for medium size game

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I've no experience with a 220 load, but then I tend not to favor maximum bullet weights per caliber.. for example, after experimentation, I think the 225 and 250 loads are best in the .338WM. I have only used the 100 gr in .243, however. It's done everything I've asked of it from Dall sheep to caribou, to moose.

Why go 220 in the '06? I see no gain in function, on paper, not having used it myself. Aaguard showed the 180 had the best penetration in his tests. It is my preferred. round, tho i do use the 165 and 150. The 180 and 165 will do every thing I've required in NA, JJ Hack, with far more experience than I, thought the 165 was the ideal '06 load. I can't disagree - I just like the 180.


But YMMV. Nothing wrong with that.

But if you "need" more - use a premium.

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Anyone try the sierra 220 roundnose? I know a guy that uses them in a 300 win mag. They work great on dear. Never recovered one

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I use the Sierra 220 grn roundnose at 2450 fps out of my 1895 on elk. I too have not recovered one yet on broadside shots. Ive got plenty of other 30 caliber projectiles but use those pointed bullets in my .308 or 300's. A 220 roundnose just seems "right" in a 1895.

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Originally Posted by thumbcocker
Anyone try the sierra 220 roundnose? I know a guy that uses them in a 300 win mag. They work great on dear. Never recovered one

Those are the only ones I have ever used. Work great on elk. I used them mostly in the thick heavy blow down timber where shots were usually closer than 50yards. They didn't come apart like the lighter bullet.Probably about 2500fps. I did shoot few elk at longer distances with them and they worked just as well.


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