SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION
Washington,  D.C.    20549
SCHEDULE 13G
Under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934
A fee is being paid with this statement.
Name of
Issuer:       PIONEER NATURAL RESOURCES
________________________________________________
Title of Class
of Securities:  Common Stock
CUSIP Number:    723787107
1)  NAME OF I.R.S. IDENTIFICATION NO. OF REPORTING PERSON
	The Prudential Insurance Company of America     22-1211670
2.) MEMBER OF A GROUP:   (a)  N/A
                                                          (b)  N/A
3)  SEC USE ONLY:
4)  PLACE OF ORGANIZATION: 	 A mutual insurance company organized
                under the laws of the State of New Jersey
NUMBER OF SHARES BENEFICIALLY OWNED BY REPORTING PERSON WITH:
5)  Sole Voting Power:			1,057,200    	See Exhibit A
6)  Shared Voting Power		5,901,761		See Exhibit A
7)  Sole Dispositive Power:		1,057,200   	See Exhibit A
8)  Shared Dispositive Power:		5,901,761   	See Exhibit A
9)  AGGREGATE AMOUNT BENEFICIALLY OWNED:
			6,958,961	See Exhibit A
10)  AGGREGATE AMOUNT IN ROW (9) EXCLUDES SHARES:	Not Applicable
11) PERCENT OF CLASS REPRESENTED BY AMOUNT IN ROW (9):
			11.24 See Exhibit A
12) TYPE OF REPORTING PERSON:  IC, IA
ITEM 1(a).  NAME OF ISSUER:
                      PIONEER NATURAL RESOURCES
ITEM 1(b).  ADDRESS OF ISSUER'S EXECUTIVE OFFICES:
                      PIONEER NATURAL RESOURCES
                      1400 Williams Square West
                      5205 North O'Connor Blvd
                      Irving, TX 75039
ITEM 2(a).  NAME OF PERSON FILING:
	 The Prudential Insurance Company of America
ITEM 2(b).  ADDRESS OF PRINCIPAL BUSINESS OFFICE:
		751 Broad Street
		Newark, New Jersey  07102-3777
ITEM 2(c).  CITIZENSHIP:
      		A mutual insurance company organized under the laws 
of the
		State of New Jersey
ITEM 2(d).  TITLE OF CLASS OF SECURITIES:
		Common Stock
ITEM 2(e).  CUSIP NUMBER:
			723787107
ITEM 3.	The Person filing this statement is an Insurance Company
			as defined in Section 3(a) (19) of the Securities 
Exchange
			Act of 1934, and an Investment Adviser registered 
under
			Section 203 of the Investment Advisers Act of 1940.
ITEM 4.  OWNERSHIP:
		(a) Number of Shares
		     Beneficially Owned:	6,958,961  See Exhibit A
		(b) Percent of Class:		11.24
							Number
		(c) Powers				Of Shares
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		     Sole power to vote or		1,057,200	See Exhibit A
		     to direct the vote
		     Shared power to vote or 	5,901,761	See Exhibit A
		     to direct the vote
		     Sole power to dispose or 	1,057,200	See Exhibit A
		     to direct disposition
		     Shared power to dispose	5,901,761	See Exhibit A
		     or to direct disposition
ITEM 5.  OWNERSHIP OF 5% OR LESS OF A CLASS:
		Not Applicable
ITEM 6.  OWNERSHIP OF MORE THAN 5% ON BEHALF 
	  OF ANOTHER PERSON:
		See Exhibit A
ITEM 7.	IDENTIFICATION AND CLASSIFICATION OF THE
	SUBSIDIARY WHICH ACQUIRED THE SECURITY BEING
	REPORTED ON BY THE ULTIMATE PARENT COMPANY:
		Not Applicable
ITEM 8.  IDENTIFICATION AND CLASSIFICATION OF MEMBERS
	 OF THE GROUP:
		Not Applicable
ITEM 9.  NOTICE OF DISSOLUTION OF GROUP:
		Not Applicable
ITEM 10.  CERTIFICATION:
	By signing below, the Prudential Insurance Company of America
	certifies that, to the best of its knowledge and belief, the
	securities referred to above were acquired in the ordinary course
	of business and were not acquired for the purpose of and do not
	have the effect of changing or influencing the control of the
	issuer of such securities and were not acquired in connection
	with or as a participant in any transaction having such purpose
	or effect.
The filing of this statement should not be construed as an admission that
Prudential is, for purposes of Sections 13 or 16 of the Securities
Exchange Act of 1934, the beneficial owner of such shares.
				SIGNATURE
	After reasonable inquiry and to the best of its knowledge and
	belief, The Prudential Insurance Company of America certifies that
	the information set forth in this statement is true, complete and
	correct.
	THE PRUDENTIAL INSURANCE COMPANY OF AMERICA
	By:	Mayleen Devonish
		Director, Corporate Compliance
	Date:	09/10/97
	As of:	08/31/97
				Exhibit A
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ITEM 6.	 OWNERSHIP:
The Prudential Insurance Company of America ('Prudential') presently holds 
92,800 shares of Issuer's common stock for the benefit of its general 
account.
In addition, Prudential may have direct or indirect voting and/or 
investment discretion over 6,866,161 shares which are held for the benefit 
of its clients by its separate accounts, externally managed accounts, 
registered investment companies, subsidiaries and/or other affiliates.  
Prudential is reporting the combined holdings of these entities for the pu
rpose of administrative convenience.
These shares were acquired in the ordinary course of business, and not 
with the purpose or effect of changing or influencing control of the 
Issuer.  The filing of this statement should
not be construed as an admission that Prudential is, for the purposes of 
Sections 13 or 16 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the beneficial 
owner of these shares.

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