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30.06 ackley - anyone tried it?

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Unread 08-21-2003, 03:22 PM
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Re: 30.06 ackley - anyone tried it?

I know someone who has the Ackley. Out runs my Springfield 30.06 by 150-200 f.p.s. depending on loads and bullets. Accuracy is real good and this is a fine wildcat improvement to an already fine cartridge. Good Luck!
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Unread 08-21-2003, 04:45 PM
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Re: 30.06 ackley - anyone tried it?


I was able to just take the 30/06 brass,run it in the 30 Gibbs die to resize the neck, seat the bullet so it was touching the lands and pushing the base of the case back against the bolt face when I chambered it.
I used the reloading book minimum powder charge for the 30/06 and it firformed perfectly.

Have had 3 or 4 30 Gibbs guns and they all shot well. One nice thing about the Gibbs shoulder is, it's 35 degree and not 40 degree like the Ackleys. Brass seems to last a long time.

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Unread 08-21-2003, 06:13 PM
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Re: 30.06 ackley - anyone tried it?

Have shot a 06 AI for some time. Cases are easy to form and stretch has not been a problem. The JLKs are great LD bullets and the Sierra 180s shoot well too. As with the standard 06, I like I-4350 best and use F-215s to ignite it. 210 JLK moly with 57.5gr for 2760fps. The 190s with 59.0gr come in at 2900fps.
This Ackley is very close to the 300 Win Mag and 300 WSM.
Good Shooting,
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Unread 08-22-2003, 11:16 PM
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Re: 30.06 ackley - anyone tried it?

DC, thanks for the feedback. I decided to use the COW method of fireforming to save the cost and recoil of shooting bullets.

My combo runs pressure pretty hot so case stretching (base) occurs with 6 to 8 firings. I find that very acceptable and don't bother resizing. When they don't chamber easily, I pitch them.

Like you, I never need to trim my brass. I am very happy with this wildcat. Feeding is a little rougher then with the '06 and sloping shoulders, but I can live with that.

Good stuff...

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Unread 09-06-2003, 09:15 PM
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Re: 30.06 ackley - anyone tried it?

I've been shooting the 06AI for about 8 years, And next to my .375 H&H AI it's my favorite cartridge. I currently use 52.5 gr Varget behind a 172gr solid, lake city 1967 brass with cci br4 mag primer to get 3050fps as my pet load. I get an e.s. of about 45 with the varget (wish it were better) but I can live with it. It shoots into a minute all the way down the range to 1100yd, but with imr 4831 and win lrm primers I got better groups (sub 8 at 1000m one out of three times-the other 2 were probably just me! [img]images/icons/grin.gif[/img] ) but only about 2960 before it opened up.
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