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Thread: 170 FN .30-06

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    170 FN .30-06

    Anyone else loading this combo for bush hunting?

    is @Carlson Highway on board?


    I tried 150gr FN initially, for the 30-30 but in the 30-06... i loaded around 46g of 2206h at first and shot some Fallows durin the Rut, i pulled the remaining 150 FN an replaced them with 170gr FN interlocks and have just sighted these in for some trigger time mostly but to shoot a Sambar with one day when i run into another one..

    these compliment the 180gr PPSN woodleigh load of 45gr 2208 and i am hoping to find a sweet spot for both loads to use side by side... the 180 PPSN are solid Stag medicines an the 170gr FN should hold up very well for say 200m over summer, wont be useless on a Fallow either i wouldnt rekon.

    i am keen to test the trajectory though for schit an gigs side by side with a pointed round.. let yas know when that happens.

    shootin these out of a A bolt .30-06

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    I used to use a lot of round nose bullets in my 308 before I sold it, out to 300 yards using a 200 yds zero i found there is effectively no practical difference in trajectory between the round nose and a spitzer bullet starting out at the same speed for both. I have no scientific proof that back it up but I believe that the rn bullets may be more effective at those ranges than the spire points based on the aparrent amount of damage caused.
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    I load them in my 308. Fairly mild loads but still humming along faster than the 30-30, and do a lot of damage. Back in the mid 90’s I shot a couple of goats, as I walked towards them I found the ball joint of a hind leg lying on the ground!
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    Ive never used 30/30 pills on my 08 or 06 but did look into it. The 170 are not meant to be any stiffer than the 150s, just that some rifles shoot them a bit more accurately. Id use regular 150s

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    The 170 grain Hornady bullet has shot very well in three different .30/06's I have had, and I pushed it up to 2500 fps and it still performs exactly as it is intended. I checked with Hornady themselves on the top end of its performance envelope and they agreed it would work up to 2500-2600.
    It may not be harder than their 150 grain, but it has more mass, and greater sectional density and penetrates further. Put it this way, I only ever got one of them back and it had travelled the length of the animal and worn itself down to the shank. So I considered it a good bush round, it seemed to open up faster than the 180 grain round nose, but penetrated just as well. (On deer anyway)
    I ill have to check what the load was later.

    The other bonus to round or flat nose bullets, is that they are cheap, and are often spectacularly accurate. Someone who would know once explained to me that round nose bullets are simpler to manufacture than spitzers and are )or used to be) and more likely to be evenly balanced. As for .30/30 bullets, more development has gone into them than any bullet in history.
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    The load was 46 grains of IMR4895 and got 2490 - 2500 fps on the chronograph from a 24 inch barrel. I would use Varget / 2208 now; aim for the same velocity of 2500fps.
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    Thanks for the replies, i have found an accurate load with the 170s and today shot them at 200m and 330m , i wasnt shooting groups but checking the drop for that distance, it printed -4 and -25 respectively....... i rekon thats with about 1.5- 2 inch high at 100 zero....
    im yet to put that data next to the 180 ppsn load..
    one is 45gr 2208 and one is 46gr 2206h , so thats interesting to relate to your data @Arthur McBride !

    i did dig some projies out of dirt the 180ppsn an 170 FN.... interesting. yet to field test but confident.
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