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Gamemaster 30.06 ammo question

Picked up an old Gamemaster bdl for $270 with redfield widefield scope, just wondering if 150s will be good for deer and bear or should I go bigger
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150's work fine for Bear if you stay behind the shoulder.

"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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I killed a railroad car full of deer with one, loaded partitions in mine !
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I had good luck with 150gr rem core lokts when I hunted with my Rem 760 on a regular basis.
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All I ever used were Rem. 150 gr. core lokts and I've shot a lot of deer plus 5 bears, never had a problem. Get them in the boiler room and there're done for.
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I used to use Hornady 165bts in mine, only ever shot 2 deer with it, both 8 pts.

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I'm a little confused.
Are you asking if we think that one round is sufficient for all game or are you asking if the rifle will shoot good with 150 gr bullets?
The type of rifle shouldn't make a difference, especially if you are shooting factory ammo.

As far as killing game goes, the 30-06 will shoot ok with 150 gr bullets for thin skinned game.
But if you are inexperienced - which I can see that you must be to question the size of the bullet.
I would go with 180 gr bullets for bears and 150 gr bullets for deer.

The 180 gr bullet will not have the same velocity as the 150 gr bullet.
The 180 gr load will kick more than the 150 gr round.
The 180 gr bullet will be a lot more forgiving if you shoot a bear in the wrong place then they 150 gr bullet.
With the right circumstances, you could probably kill a bear with a .22 rimfire rifle, but I wouldn't want to try..

The problem is that the Redfield Widefield does not have positive click adjustment.
This means that when you turn the friction adjustment - you will find that with 150 gr bullets, one line will probably equate to 1/2 inch adjustments up/down - left/right.
It is real hard to change zero from one round to the other by just counting the lines - but it can be done.

I would offer you $25 more then what you paid for the rifle and you could go out and buy yourself a bolt action rifle with a cheap scope - Bushnell, Simmons, etc.. And you would probably be more satisfied then you would with the Gamemaster.

I never shot a bear before, but I did buy a .300 Winchester Magnum rifle and a .270 WSM rifle, just in case the opportunity ever came about..
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I am looking for one multitask round, just wanted to make sure 150s would be fine or go heavier. I am not a field hunter I hunt the mountains and in some thick stuff usually, so most shots will be max100-150 yards. If I wanted a bolt gun that's what I would have bought, I prefer pump and lever guns
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180gr round nose core lokts. Cheap, accurate, and deadly. Works great on bear and deer.
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180gr round nose core lokts. Cheap, accurate, and deadly. Works great on bear and deer.
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