Loading the 30-06 for South Africa Plains Game

NYDAN

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Wow. That sounds like it will be the hunt of a lifetime. Looks like you are getting well prepared. Best of luck to you. Dan
 

DrMike

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Nov 8, 2006
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No doubt the boring old '06 will work just fine. No doubt the CX will work. Much as we might enjoy having E-Tips, we live in a world in which we are compelled to work with what is available.
 

hunter24605

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No doubt you will need a pry bar to get the smile off your face when you return. Safe journey and best of luck, my friend! My brother went to SA around 10 years ago and took his boring 30-06 and 180 Accubonds and 200 partitions. The results were quite impressive on the animals. The wildebeest soaked up a 200 Partition.
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flyingagg

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Dec 16, 2019
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You'll have the time of your life. Took my son when he graduated college. Best 10 days ever.
I have one my WBY 300 set up with 180 grain mono, shoots .439 at 200 yards. Have not hunted with it yet...
 

Guy Miner

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Apr 6, 2006
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You'll have the time of your life. Took my son when he graduated college. Best 10 days ever.
I have one my WBY 300 set up with 180 grain mono, shoots .439 at 200 yards. Have not hunted with it yet...
Wow! Great that you hunted with your son, and...

.439" at 200 yards... Wow!

Regards, Guy
 

flyingagg

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Dec 16, 2019
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Wow! Great that you hunted with your son, and...

.439" at 200 yards... Wow!

Regards, Guy
I wish I could take all the credit but I had a gunsmith in Houston tune that one for me. MKV Accumark.
My other MKV's shoot about .5 at 100, but only extra work was a brake. Shoot that with both 180 and 200 Accubonds.
 

michsteve

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noslerpartition

Handloader
May 26, 2018
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Hi Guy, as you said in the video, distances will be up to mid-range. So BC will not be that big of an issue.
I use monos for about 10 years now and load them for others, too.
If you keep above minimum speed, most work rather similar and the differences are mostly marketing.
The old GMX had some accuracy-problems here with high batch to batch variations. Hope the new one does better.
The bigger the game, the better the results usually are. I guess even for Africa you could go down to 150 gr to gain some speed, but the 168 TTSX did ok in my 30-06.
For a friend I go down to 130 gr in a short 308.
He is happy so far.
Enjoy your time and we want the story afterwards!
 

SJB358

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Dec 24, 2006
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Good luck out there Guy!

Just read the article you wrote. Good luck with the hunt and I am looking forward to hearing about what you see with the CX. Hornady has been doing a banner job of keeping bullets in our hands and my hats off to them for keeping them moving and available.
 

flyingagg

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Dec 16, 2019
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No doubt you will need a pry bar to get the smile off your face when you return. Safe journey and best of luck, my friend! My brother went to SA around 10 years ago and took his boring 30-06 and 180 Accubonds and 200 partitions. The results were quite impressive on the animals. The wildebeest soaked up a 200 Partition.
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Nice! Have you seen a crazier annimal than a wildebeest?
 

NYDAN

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Sep 17, 2013
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Guy, I found some of the 165 gr. CX bullets to try out. What kind of bullet jump did you find worked for the CX bullets you loaded? Dan
 

Alaska

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Aug 20, 2006
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If you can find some 180gr Fail Safes bullets that would be a excellent bullet for Africa in 06
55.0 of IMR 4350 in 30-06
 

DrMike

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180 grain Fail Safe bullets performed very well for me until they were no longer available. They were my "go to" bullet in my 300 WSM for a number of years. Fortunately, there are other options. However, if you can find them, they will perform for you.
 
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