Thanks for the replies. I will be hunting in California so no baiting just spot and stalk.
May I ask why would you feel more comfortable with a lighter bullet for a longer shot? Can you not get higher BC for 180 than 165 and end up with more energy at the same long range, less wind drift, and close to the same drop. I am no expert so I am probably missing something. So forgive the dumb question. The extent of my ballistics knowledge is based on shooting 30.06 for everything.It would depend on the terrain/how I was hunting. If I were seating over bait, knowing that my shot would be relatively close, then I would probably go with 180 grain Partition or bonded bullet like Nosler Accubond. If it was going to be spot and stalk with potential for longer shots, then i'd probably go to a 165 Accubond. The 180 would work here too but if you had a longer shot, I'd feel more comfortable with the 165.
Bottom line is to select the bullet weight your rifle shoots the best. Then look at the bullet configuration that would be best suited for the game you are hunting and make sure that your rifle still shoots them well.
Mike, good question and points of clarification. It is funny that you ask this, as I had come back to this post a while back and wondered the same thing. The point I was trying to make was to pick the bullet that shot best in the rifle and hunt with confidence. As to the 180 vs. 165 debate... This is coming strictly from my experience with the .308 and those bullet weights. I suggested the 180 Partition from the stand as I think it would be better at providing the quicker kills and bigger blood trails at the closer yardage while giving a little more brush busting and less than ideal shot angle confidence. As good as the 180's have performed for me in the thick stuff, they have never shot well for me past 200 yards, thus my suggestion for the 165 Accubond. I don't know if it is the boat tail and the tip or just the change in velocity but they are more accurate for me and have had great terminal results. I believe that the BC for these is pretty close to the same but I have never paid that close attention to the BC numbers.May I ask why would you feel more comfortable with a lighter bullet for a longer shot? Can you not get higher BC for 180 than 165 and end up with more energy at the same long range, less wind drift, and close to the same drop. I am no expert so I am probably missing something. So forgive the dumb question. The extent of my ballistics knowledge is based on shooting 30.06 for everything.