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Hi,

Recently purchased a .30-06 with a 22 inch sporter weight barrel. It has a 1:10 twist rate. I have read that 180 grain bullets with a good ballistic coefficient will produce the best results but I am looking for some opinions on what others have found worked best for them.

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Ballistic coefficient usually means nothing here in the Maritimes. Under 300yds, it makes no difference at all. and rarely does one shoot game over 100 yds here. I've been hunting here in NB for 30yrs and could have made every shot I ever made on game with a round nosed bullet.

Don't get all bent out of shape over minute numbers when pouring over ballistics charts. I'd be more interested in bullet construction for the intended game game and accuracy. Generally a 165gr to 180gr are the best two choices overall.
 

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Yes all you really need is a a good 150-180 grain controlled expansion bullet and there isn't a critter in NB that you can't kill. Pick a bullet at a price you can live with and shoot from actual field positions as much as possible and you will be far better served than worrying about a bullets BC.
 

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if your not planning to hand load your bullets then buy what you can afford. If you do plan to hand load then there are plenty of options.

You can tweak your specific load to your gun and you will improve accuracy (grouping) and get the best results down range too.

FYI - there are plenty of times you could possibly be required to shoot a deer, moose or bear out past 100yrds. If your never going to shoot further than that buy a 30-30 cause you don't need a 30-06

I prefer a load build for my specific gun and I gain accuracy and performance outta the bullet I choose. Will any bullet kill an animal of course it will with a well placed shot but half the fun of hand loading is getting the most you can out of your firearm
 

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FYI - there are plenty of times you could possibly be required to shoot a deer, moose or bear out past 100yrds. If your never going to shoot further than that buy a 30-30 cause you don't need a 30-06
While you're right that a 30/30 will do fine for shorter distance, why limit yourself when a 30/06 will offer much more flexibility in factory ammo and handloaded bullets options? Load up a 30/06 with 180s NPs for moose or 150 or 165s C&Cs for deer, both spire point and at much more velocity.. A 30/30 comes nowhere near this many options.
 

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My favourite 30-06 load is 150 gr, pointed soft point.
Ditto,my favorite deer load as well(150gr CXP2).....but with years of great results on deer,I used the same load on a moose with less then spectacular results on a quartering shot,glancing off of near ribs into the shoulder.Got the moose regardless as first shot was broadside thru the boiler room,but not at all impressed with the 1/4ing away shot....likely would have been a lost moose if that was my first(only) shot?
Since then,I save the 150s for deer and sight in with a premium 180 for moose whenever I get the opportunity to hunt them.
I've split the difference since moving out west where both deer and elk are on the menu on any given day,and have had excellent bang flops on both with 165gr Accubonds.Both of my 30-06s are dialed in with those,and I can't see that changing anytime soon,....perhaps when I draw my bull moose tag in another couple years?As it is though,I will likely draw a cow moose tag for this fall and probably stick with the 165s for a late September deer/elk/antlerless moose combo hunt?
 
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