I thought it would be neat if everyone shared their thoughts on the Best hunting bullet. What does everyone like to shoot.. So far I’ve tried Hornady Interlock BTSP 180′s and 165′s but unfortunately haven’t tried them on any game and targets don’t care what bullet hit them, there’s always a hole. haha. So please feel free to tell me what you think is the best hunting bullet for big game. Especially in 30 Caliber. Since I sometimes shoot at distances better than 200 yards, I need accuracy. I like the 165 grain Sierra GameKing bullets.
The SBT is very good, but the HPBT is every bit as accurate as the 168 grain MatchKing even if it does have a funny looking nose. In my rifle, the point of impact is about the same for the 165 HPBT as for the 168 grain MatchKing (which I usually shoot at the range) out to 300 yards. Both go through the tough hide of a Russian boar hybrid (Got a lot of these in California) and do all the necessary damage to drop the fat, heavy beast. I will be taking my new replica Sharps 45-70 out next time though. That’ll be a 405 grain jacketed flat nose.
There is no “best” bullet. It depends on what you want it to do and what is most important for your situation. What are you looking for – expansion, weight retention, penetration, accuracy? No bullet has it all, but if you match the bullet you use to what is most needed in your situation, you’re on the right track. I have yet to find anything superior than Nosler Partitions for both accuracy and knock down power, in any variety of .30 caliber, For deer I use 165 Gr in my Gamemaster pump in 30.06.