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.