The Hunting Rifle Ammunition We Actually Use

By the Guns and Shooting Online Staff


We get lots of e-mail asking what factory load we recommend for hunting. The problem is that all rifles are individuals and the load that shoots great in one rifle may be indifferent in another. However, in order to give Guns and Shooting Online readers an idea of what loads we use, we have compiled the following list of the factory loads we use in our personal hunting rifles, listed by cartridge, brand and specific load (bullet).

Some staff members hunt mostly with reloads, but this list includes only factory loads readers can purchase online or in their local gun shop. In some calibers, such as .270 Winchester, our various shooters and their rifles seem to have quite different preferences. In other calibers, there is general agreement about ammunition. Naturally, not all calibers are used by all staff members and some are not used by any, so if your favorite cartridge is not listed, that is the reason. Contributing staff members included Chuck Hawks, Randy Wakeman, Rocky Hays, Dr. Jim Clary, Mary Clary, Jim Fleck, Jack Seeling, Nathan Rauzon and Bob Fleck.

.17 HMR

  • Hornady Varmint Express 17 grain V-Max
  • Remington Premier 17 grain AccuTip-V
  • Winchester Supreme 17 grain V-Max

.17 WSM

  • Winchester Supreme 20 grain V-Max

.17 Hornet

  • Hornady Superformance Varmint 20 grain V-Max

.22 Long Rifle

  • CCI Mini-Mag 36 grain HP
  • CCI Stinger 32 grain HP
  • Lapua 36 grain HP
  • Remington Golden Bullet 36 grain HP
  • Winchester Super-X 37 grain HP

.22 WMR

  • Winchester Super-X 40 grain JHP
  • Winchester Supreme 30 grain JHP

.223 Remington

  • Hornady Varmint Express 55 grain V-Max
  • Remington/UMC 45 grain JHP
  • Remington Express 55 grain PSP

.22-250 Remington

  • Hornady Varmint Express 55 grain V-Max
  • Remington/UMC 50 grain JHP

.220 Swift

  • Hornady Varmint Express 55 grain V-Max
  • Remington Express 50 grain PSP

.243 Winchester

  • Remington Express 100 grain Core-Lokt PSP
  • Winchester Supreme 95 grain Ballistic Silvertip

.240 Weatherby Magnum

  • Weatherby 100 grain SP

.25-35 Winchester

  • Winchester Super-X 117 grain Soft Point

.257 Roberts +P

  • Federal Premium 120 grain Nosler Partition

.257 Weatherby Magnum

  • Weatherby 100 grain SP
  • Weatherby 120 grain Nosler Partition

6.5x55 SE

  • Hornady Superformance 140 grain SST
  • Sellier & Bellot 140 grain Soft Point
  • Sellier & Bellot 140 grain Sierra GameKing SBT

.260 Remington

  • Remington Express 140 grain Core-Lokt PSP
  • Remington Premier 140 grain Core-Lokt Ultra Bonded

6.5mm Remington Magnum

  • Remington Express 120 grain Core-Lokt PSP

.270 Winchester

  • Federal/Fusion Lite 145 grain Fusion
  • Federal/Fusion 150 grain Fusion
  • Federal Premium Vital-Shok 130 grain Trophy Copper
  • Federal Premium Vital-Shok 150 grain Sierra GameKing
  • Hornady Superformance 130 grain InterBond
  • Remington Express 130 grain Core-Lokt PSP
  • Winchester Super-X 130 grain Power Point
  • Winchester Supreme 140 grain AccuBond bullet

.270 Weatherby Magnum

  • Weatherby 130 grain Norma Soft Point Spitzer
  • Weatherby 150 grain Nosler Partition

7x57mm Mauser

  • Hornady Custom 139 grain InterLock BTSP

7mm-08 Remington

  • Hornady Superformance 139 grain SST
  • Hornady Superformance 139 grain GMX

7mm Remington Magnum

  • Hornady Custom 154 grain InterLock SP
  • Remington Managed Recoil 140 grain Core-Lokt PSP

.30-30 Winchester

  • Federal Power-Shok 150 grain Soft Point
  • Hornady LeverEvolution 160 grain FTX
  • Winchester Super-X 150 grain Power Point
  • Winchester Super-X 150 grain Silvertip

.308 Marlin Express

  • Hornady LeverEvolution 160 grain FTX

.308 Winchester

  • Hornady American Whitetail 150 grain InterLock SP
  • Remington Express 150 grain Core-Lokt PSP

.30-06 Springfield

  • Federal Premium Vital-Shok 180 grain Barnes MRX-Bullet
  • Federal Premium Vital-Shok 180 grain Nosler Partition
  • Remington Express 180 grain Core-Lokt PSP
  • Remington Premier 180 grain Swift Scirocco

.300 Winchester Magnum

  • Hornady Superperformance 165 grain GMX

.32 Winchester Special

  • Hornady LeverEvolution 165 grain FTX
  • Winchester Super-X 170 grain Power Point

.338 Marlin Express

  • Hornady LeverEvolution 200 grain FTX

.338 Winchester Magnum

  • Remington Express 225 grain Core-Lokt PSP
  • Remington Premier 225 grain Swift A-Frame

.357 Magnum (Rifle)

  • Winchester Super-X 158 grain JHP
  • Winchester Supreme 180 grain Partition Gold

.358 Winchester

  • Winchester Super-X 200 grain Silvertip

.350 Remington Magnum

  • Remington Express 200 grain Core-Lokt PSP

9.3x62mm

  • Hornady Dangerous Game 286 grain SP-RP
  • Sellier & Bellot 285 grain Soft Point

9.3x74R

  • Hornady Dangerous Game 286 grain SP-RP
  • Nosler Custom 286 grain Partition

.38-55 Winchester

  • Winchester Super-X 255 grain Power Point

.444 Marlin

  • Hornady Superformance 265 grain InterLock FP
  • Remington Express 240 grain Soft Point

.45-70 Government

  • Federal Power-Shok 300 grain HP
  • Hornady LeverEvolution 325 grain FTX
  • Remington Express 405 grain Soft Point

.458 Winchester Magnum

  • Federal/Fusion Safari 500 grain Fusion



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