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Has anyone tried "light for caliber" 110-125 Grn bullets in a 30-06?

Hornady has a 100 Grn Short Jacket and several 110 Grns. Speer has some 110-130Grn Varmint bullets. Nosler has a 125Grn BT. Sierra has a 110 Grn Varminter, a 110Grn RN & FMJ and a 125Grn SPT Prohunters. I'm sure there are others.

I just ordered some factory seconds 125Grn Ballistic Tips I'm going to give a try. Want to use them for varmint hunting if I can work up a load that shoots tight enough. Think it would great to be able to "practice" (with your deer rifle) on varmints in the off season.

Just wondering if any of you guys have tried working up loads for any of these light bullets. If so, what kind of accuracy / velocity are you getting.

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I have played with them a bit and had good results using either h or IMR 4895. The bullets I used were the 110 grain Hornady spire point and the 130 Speer hollow point, both shot just as well as any other bullet out of my rifle.
 

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firstshot said:
Has anyone tried "light for caliber" 110-125 Grn bullets in a 30-06?

. Sierra has a 110 Grn Varminter, ..Just wondering if any of you guys have tried working up loads for any of these light bullets. If so, what kind of accuracy / velocity are you getting.

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Although not in 30-06, i have a excellent load for my .308 browning micro medallion(3.5*10 bushnell) using the same
Sierra varmiter 110 grain bullet # 2110
oal 2.600"
Fed 210 primers
Imr 3031:( just happened to have this powder for my 550 craters)
45.0c grains START
45.0c grains NEVER EXCEED( yes, only one load from richard lee's book))

avg 2950fps

100 yard groups less than 1/2 inch!!
i was totally floored when i walked up to the target! :shock:
this was after testing it with Imr 4198, and getting 4-5 inch groups with fliers...i have since shot 60 or so and they shoot 1/2 inch or less when i'm doing my part! :wink: ....larry
 

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Years ago Dad and I zapped a lot of varmints, mostly rockchucks, with our .30-06's. Generally used Speer 130 grain hollowpoints loaded to around 3000 fps. Pretty mild load, I don't remember the powder combo, it's been too long now... Mild to shoot, devastating to those 'chucks.

I believe your 125 grain bullets should do just as well! Have fun. Guy
 

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That's very impressive shooting with a 110grn 30Cal bullet. Very incouraging!!!

I finally got my 125Grn BT's in from Shooters Pro Shop. At first they got my order wrong and sent me 165Grn BT's, but their Customer Service did me right and sent me the 125's and told me to keep the 165's.

Anyway, going to get the 125's loaded up and see how they do as a varmint load and will see how the 165's do for a deer load.

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