I think I Found It!

As the weather has permitted – and sometimes as it hasn’t – I’ve been working on the hunting handload for my new bolt-action .30 Remington AR rifle from New Ultra Light Arms. The rifle shoots everything well but being the unrepentant tinkerer that I am, I had to try every bullet and powder. I believe I’m done with that now.

The 150 grain Nosler Accubond shoots into about an inch for three shots at 100 yards and is the bullet I used in the .30 Remington AR R 15 to take my bear. However, at 30 Remington AR velocities, I don’t think a bonded bullet like the Accubond is necessary.

The 125 grain Nosler Ballistic Tip shoots about the same but a good deal flatter. Its probably the best option for coyotes. Of course it would work on deer too.

The 150 grain Nosler Ballistic Tips were the hands down accuracy winner averaging under an inch for three, five-shot groups at 100 yards. It will perform just fine on deer with just slightly less penetration than the Accubond and I would not hesitate to shoot a bear with it either. Of course, since the 125 grain and 150 grain Ballistic Tip and the 150 Accubond all shoot to the same point of impact at 100 yards, I can switch between them as the need dictates without a re-zero.

The last target I shot is shown. Its the NEW Birchwood Casey 12 inch Rigid DH Target. A great 100 yard target to use in conjunction with a low powered scope like the Leupold 1-5X I have on the rifle.

This is the kind of five-shot group that makes you love a rifle that weighs 5.25 pounds with scope. (5 shots at 100 yards)


About gunwriter

Born and raised in the West Virginia hills, Richard literally grew up in the woods. He has chased coon hounds until daylight, waited out whitetails perched high in an oak, canoed the New River and hunted from the Montana Mountains to the Green Hills of Africa. During service in the Army and later as a municipal police officer and Special Agent with the railroad police, Richard obtained numerous certifications in small arms instruction. He has trained military personnel, law enforcement officers and civilians in the application of firearms for defensive, competitive and recreational use. Richard won the West Virginia Governor’s Twenty Award for law enforcement, the West Virginia National Guard State Pistol Competition and earned his Distinguished Medal with pistol. Badge turned in, Richard is now a contributing editor for several magazines. He was the compiling author of the book, Rifle Bullets for the Hunter and conceptualized and contributed to Selecting and Ordering a Custom Hunting Rifle. Richard also contributed a chapter to the John Velke book, The True Story of the Baldwin-Felts Detective Agency. Richard has patents on a riflescope reticle and a revolutionary bullet testing media. A hillbilly at heart, Richard lives on Shadowland - his shooting range in West Virginia - with the most understanding wife in the world, their three kids and a very protective ridgeback hound.
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5 Responses to I think I Found It!

  1. Richard Meisinger says:

    What powder and how many grains of powder do you use with the 150 grain ballistic tip?
    Thanks, Rich

  2. gunwriter says:


    34.9 grains of AA 2200 with a Remington primer.


  3. dale roberts says:

    Nice group! I really like Accurate Arms powders.

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