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125 GRAIN BULLET IN A 30-06 / 308?

Have you ever used these on a Deer?
Do you hand load them?
Ever shoot them thru a crony? {I didn't have one just guessed on FPS.}
I have!
When my grandson started to hunt i left him use my 30-30 Savage 340. The next gun i got for him was a 30-06 / 110 Savage.
I loaded it up with 125 grain Sierra Pro Hunter bullets and the first load i came across was in a Lyman manual? It started at 48 grains of IMR-4895 and said this was about 2800 FPS,out of a 24 inch barrel? I had read to keep them below 2700 FPS for deer hunting and at the time i didn't have a chrony.
I used the info from the manual and the col to.
We bore sighted the gun and went to the range and after 4 shoots it was doing very well,maybe 2 inches at 100 yards with me shooting it.
It was time to let the boy shoot it. Gave him 5 rounds to use and he shoot all 5 into a circle 1/4 inch off to the right of the bull! All 5 were touching? Gave him 5 more and it was very close to the first group! The barrel had warmed up a bit and most likely had fouled so that was enough?
His first 3 deer seasons he got a doe each time out with the 125s and i lost my gun to him!
It seemed to me to be a decent bullet that did its job and at the lower speeds didn't do any more than regular 30-06 damage to the deer?

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Re: 125 GRAIN BULLET IN A 30-06 / 308?

Federal used to offer 125 gr factory loads. I killed quite a few deer with them.

Alrighty then!
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Re: 125 GRAIN BULLET IN A 30-06 / 308?

Yes. I loaded up 125 NBT's for my .30-06 and shot a Doe a few years ago. The muzzle vel. was about 3,000 and I was happy with the performance.

"A 30-30 is all you need. If you use a 30-06 you'll just hit a tree" -My Grandpa
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Re: 125 GRAIN BULLET IN A 30-06 / 308?

When my son was 6, I loaded 125s in 308 Winchester for him to practice with. For hunting, I loaded 150 grains. 125 grains in 308 is a little light for a hunting bullet in my opinion. I would go that light in a 270 or maybe even a 7mmm if it's a tough bullet. Smallish doe on broadside-only shots through the ribs, sure. Shoulders or angle shots, nah.
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Re: 125 GRAIN BULLET IN A 30-06 / 308?

The last two seasons I loaded 125gr accubonds in my son's .308.Terminal performance was excellent.
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Re: 125 GRAIN BULLET IN A 30-06 / 308?

Here is a discussion on it.Some have tried a RB.

http://www.marlinowners.com/forum/re...s-30-30-a.html

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Re: 125 GRAIN BULLET IN A 30-06 / 308?

When my youngest Son was 11 I bought him a Tikka T3 in 30'06. I loaded some Hornady 130gr SP to 2400fps. It was the first year of the M.Y. seasons. He shot those loads comfortably off the bench that spring and he used that load all summer to take dozens of groundhogs. He killed a buck at 125yds with that load and it died as quickly as I've seen shot with full power/heavier bullet loads.
The next season he shot the same bullet bumped up to 2900fps and the results were the same. By season three he used 150gr bullets at normal 30'06 velocity.
The light bullets really allowed him to get a lot of time behind the trigger and get very familiarized with his rifle.

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Re: 125 GRAIN BULLET IN A 30-06 / 308?

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Yes. I loaded up 125 NBT's for my .30-06 and shot a Doe a few years ago. The muzzle vel. was about 3,000 and I was happy with the performance.
Same for me. I actually dropped a few pigs in Louisiana with them also in 30.06. Recoil is very light.
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Re: 125 GRAIN BULLET IN A 30-06 / 308?

Yeah my dad loved that hornady 125 out of his 760-30/06...he switched over from a 180 and never went back..killed a ton with it !
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Re: 125 GRAIN BULLET IN A 30-06 / 308?

My dad was a 180 man himself and when I finally got him to try 150's he was blown away by how much more lethal they were.

"A 30-30 is all you need. If you use a 30-06 you'll just hit a tree" -My Grandpa
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