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30-06 Ammo For Whitetails

I hunt deer in northern WI with a 30-06. I have always used Remington Core-Lokt 180 grain soft point (not pointed soft point). I have been reading alot about new loads and wanted to know if anyone has infor on performance, etc of these new loads.
These 3 loads are the one's I am considering: Barnes Tipped Triple-Shock X; Barnes Triple-Shock X and the Hornady GMX.
does anyone have experience with any of these or other recommendations? Will these shoot differently that my Core-Lokt?
Any info is appreciated. Thanks
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from Kody wrote 3 years 31 weeks ago

I load the Barnes Triple X in a 7 X 57 Mauser in 140 gr. It is the right bullet for this particular rifle has it was the weight I wished to use and being copper it is considerably longer than a conventional bullet. The throat on this rifle is quite long so I can seat this bullet long and gain the powder capacity I required in the case. Long winded I know ... now for some advice. I can't speak to the Barnes game performance as I have not used it as yet on a big game animal. I am confident that it will perform very well. HOWEVER, there is a disadvantage to using copper rounds that is significant for some of us. You must clean your barrel thoroughly to pull the harder copper from conventional bullets as their deposits will peel the soft copper from the new rounds. Accuracy will suffer. This is a pain but not a big deal.. but if you intend to switch back and forth then it becomes a real hassle. I have this rifle shooting the Barnes copper bullet well and will shoot only those rounds but in most other circumstances I would not be pleased being denied the use of other types of bullets. It is likely a great bullet but it has its inconveniences not the least of which it is an expensive round, not likely one you would wish to shoot for practice and fun target shooting. That is my opinion. You basically turn your rifle into a one trick pony! With the versatile 30-06 and the multitude of 30 cal bullets on the shelf that would be a shame.

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from crabwearer wrote 3 years 31 weeks ago

Any one of those rounds will shoot differently than the Cor-Lokt. Why the copper solid bullets? I've read a lot of feedback on them saying they don't perform that well on game. I use 180gr Winchester Super-X Silver Tip, not the ballistic silvertip. It performs well on deer for me. I can't speak much about its accuracy on account of my rifle (a 1933 Springfield M1903) but I can say if you hit the vitals it's over quick.

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from www.dropjhook.com wrote 3 years 32 weeks ago

I dont have to much knowledge in bullet performance, I can tell you last year I shot a whitetail buck with a 175 federal premium & the sec. the bullet hit the deer he was instantly dead weight.

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from www.dropjhook.com wrote 3 years 32 weeks ago

I dont have to much knowledge in bullet performance, I can tell you last year I shot a whitetail buck with a 175 federal premium & the sec. the bullet hit the deer he was instantly dead weight.

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from crabwearer wrote 3 years 31 weeks ago

Any one of those rounds will shoot differently than the Cor-Lokt. Why the copper solid bullets? I've read a lot of feedback on them saying they don't perform that well on game. I use 180gr Winchester Super-X Silver Tip, not the ballistic silvertip. It performs well on deer for me. I can't speak much about its accuracy on account of my rifle (a 1933 Springfield M1903) but I can say if you hit the vitals it's over quick.

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from Kody wrote 3 years 31 weeks ago

I load the Barnes Triple X in a 7 X 57 Mauser in 140 gr. It is the right bullet for this particular rifle has it was the weight I wished to use and being copper it is considerably longer than a conventional bullet. The throat on this rifle is quite long so I can seat this bullet long and gain the powder capacity I required in the case. Long winded I know ... now for some advice. I can't speak to the Barnes game performance as I have not used it as yet on a big game animal. I am confident that it will perform very well. HOWEVER, there is a disadvantage to using copper rounds that is significant for some of us. You must clean your barrel thoroughly to pull the harder copper from conventional bullets as their deposits will peel the soft copper from the new rounds. Accuracy will suffer. This is a pain but not a big deal.. but if you intend to switch back and forth then it becomes a real hassle. I have this rifle shooting the Barnes copper bullet well and will shoot only those rounds but in most other circumstances I would not be pleased being denied the use of other types of bullets. It is likely a great bullet but it has its inconveniences not the least of which it is an expensive round, not likely one you would wish to shoot for practice and fun target shooting. That is my opinion. You basically turn your rifle into a one trick pony! With the versatile 30-06 and the multitude of 30 cal bullets on the shelf that would be a shame.

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