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    Best 30-06 round for Wyoming antelope?

    Shooting a 30-06 for antelope this October. Right now, I'm sighted in with Remington Core Lokt 150 gr psp round.
    Zeroed at 200yds and an 11" drop at 300yds! Do you have a recommendation for a better 30-06 round?
    One person said Hornady 150gr SST would be better/flatter shooting. Any thoughts on that or other rounds?
    Thanks in advance.

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    I've killed antelope with a .223, you'll be just fine. Don't over think it.

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    Just go with what you are shooting now. It sounds like you know where it is shooting so why try and figure out what a new round is doing?
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    I'll agree with the guys above. I have killed a gob of antelope with Core-Lokt bullets out of my 30-06. If your set on changing and wanting something a little flatter, this is my all game (antelope-moose) load I shoot now. https://www.google.com/url?sa=t&rct=...sUJZvjxRqsykpw

    This is the best combination I have found and is much flatter than the loads you are currently shooting.

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    You will have more than enough terminal performance with your current load. The only thing you may gain by switching is a higher BC and maybe a little velocity for better performance at longer distances and on windy days. If it was me I might try a Hornady Superformance load with a 150gr bullet just to see how they shot. They will be higher velocity and BC if they work. Your gun might not like them, I've found a few that work great in my rifles and had rifles absolutely hate them too shooting 4" groups instead of 1" groups.

    There is probably no reason to change your current load unless you plan to shoot past 300yds. I like to experiment so I'd try it, not saying you should. If you are happy with the current ammo I'm not saying you should change. Its cheaper and lets you practice more, probably more important than the performance gain of the Superformance anyway.

    Using the factory numbers a quick run on Hornady's ballistic calculator shows:
    Remington ammo zeroed at 200yds, -8" at 300yds, -24" at 400yds
    Hornady superformance zeroed at 200yds, -6.4" at 300yds, -18.8" at 400yds.

    There is a difference but it's not huge at 300yds. Thats using factory ballistic numbers too it will be different from your barrel. Accuracy is more important than the performance difference but this will give you an idea what it is.



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    If you are comfortable with what you are currently using and it shoots good groups, don't change!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Colorado Cowboy View Post
    If you are comfortable with what you are currently using and it shoots good groups, don't change!
    What CC said ... definitely!

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    best 30-06 round for Wyoming antelope?

    Thank you gentlemen for your advice. All of you seem to say "stick with what you have", since I know where it is hitting. I hope to find something less than 300 yds (hopefully NOT beyond 200 yds). This Wyoming trip is a first for me and it's on my bucket list for this 80 year old Iowan. Thanks for your input. I think I will "stay put"!

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    Bring your rangefinder. The wide open spaces here can be deceiving.

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    I have taken over 50 antelope and I can count on 0ne hand how many have been over 300 yards. That doesn't mean I cou;dn't have shot more at longer ranges, I just worked hard at getting closer.
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