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30-06 load make up help

 
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Old 04-06-2014, 11:55 AM
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30-06 load make up help

I have been fortunate enough to be able to hunt elk in Colorado this coming season. I have a 30-06 and was looking for some help and info on building up a load that will be effective and precise out to 650yards. I used to have a 7mm mag and it was my long range gun but made a mistake in a weak moment and sold it. So I am back to square one with the 30-06. any help would be appreciated!!
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Old 04-06-2014, 02:25 PM
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Re: 30-06 load make up help

H4350 is my preferred powder for 30.06 loads but due to its lack of availability I tried some ramshot hunter with berger 185 juggernaughts. I run it in a Remington 40x that has a 26" barrel. 58 to 59 grains depending on what brass puts me right at 2800. Being a single shot I load a long oal with .030" bullet jump. Do Not start at 58g, work your way up from 52. 30.06 brass varies alot as far as capacity, depending on what brass you run and oal you may see pressure much sooner then what I'm running. It's incredibly accurate in my gun. There is tons of load data for the O6 out there just be sure not to fall victim of trying to achive 300 win mag velocities.There are many many accurate loads for it out there, German Salazar has some good articles on loading for it, Google them. Be safe and enjoy, the load process is sometimes frustrating but you'll be rewarded in the end.

What kind of gun did you get?
Have you shot anything threw it yet, if so what and how did it shoot?
Barrel length?
Have you bought any components yet, brass, powder, bullets?

Just some things we need to know to point you in the right direction.
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Old 04-06-2014, 02:33 PM
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Re: 30-06 load make up help

I had a good starting point with Nosler's load data . Their load data for the 168 gr. bullet with H4350 @ 57.5 grains was right on the money for my 30-06. I haven't made a load for 180 gr. but I will use their most accurate load as a starting point. just remember what works in my rifle may not in yours!
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Old 04-06-2014, 05:34 PM
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Re: 30-06 load make up help

Ok Thank you for the replies.
I have a Remington 700 30-06 21" barrel twist? (I will research it after I write this)
I received this gun from my father about 6 years ago. I used it on a bear hunt that time and just bought some federal vita shock in the 180g and the gun couldn't stand them 6"group at best at 100 yards. I later tried some 165 Nossler ballistic tip and had better performance but nothing I would want to write home about. I stopped my load make up for this at that time as I acquired my 7mm mag Sendero and spent all my time building my 1000 yard gun. (This is the gun that was sold so I am back to square one.)
I was thinking trying the new Nossler Accubond LR in the 190g. It showes and amazing G1 Ballistic Coefficient 0.640. I used Berger with my 7mm and they flew great but the BC of a 7mm is sweet. these or the Match king. (It may come down to what I can find to buy) I haven't thought that much of the brass (I have used anything from Nossler, Lapua,Remington and Winchester for other loads on other guns but like I said I am back to square one. I also need to replace the original stock as it is cracked. What are your thoughts on a reasonably priced stock?
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Old 04-07-2014, 03:51 AM
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Re: 30-06 load make up help

Years back before I had added the 7mm RM and a couple other flatter shooting rigs to my collection, I did in fact hunt elk with the 30-06, and it performed quite well on a decent bull at a pretty good distance of just over 550 yds..

I made it happen with a 165 gr. Speer Hot Core, but the Grand Slam and Deep Curl are also very good bullets for something as large as elk. My load consisted of a worked up compressed charge of IMR-4350, CCI-250's, and weight sorted Rem. brass. Across the chrony they are right at 3000 fps.. I'm pretty sure you can get by with a standard CCI-200, but I personally noticed improved consistency both velocity and accuracy with the CCI-250's. I started with my bullets seated right up to the lands, and accuracy was stellar so that is what I hunted with. But every rifle is different, so it's best to start there and work back in .010" increments, you'll usually find more than one sweet spot.

I would strongly recommend putting it on paper at the elevation you intend to hunt at. I had an eye opening experience when I discovered BDC was two totally different stories @ 7000' elevation v.s. 2500' elevation. I didn't notice a difference at 200 yds., but from 500 yds. and out, trajectory was completely different, as was POI.

MB
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Old 04-08-2014, 08:13 AM
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Re: 30-06 load make up help

Getn- what scope? how is the trigger?? i use varget and H-4350 in my 30-06s. a 165 or 168. lapua brass.
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Old 04-08-2014, 06:38 PM
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Re: 30-06 load make up help

The beautiful thing about the '06 is its' ability to burn nearly any medium to medium slow powder. That said, any of the 4350's, 4831's and rl17, rl19, and rl22 are best for it with medium to heavy pills. I'd look at the 165-190 hornady or 180-200 sierra pills and any of the aforementioned powders if I was looking at putting down a big critter with the '06.

In my old rem 700lh bdl I was using I 4350 and 165 hornady or I 4350 and 200 sierra pills. These days many are pushing berger pills so if you feel froggy give them a try. As mbarnesr2 stated I would suggest a mag primer (I used a 215 in mine) with compressed loads in the '06 especially if you intend on using it in very cold weather.

After four '06 rifles I've firmly moved to the 300win and 300 rum but still load for a buddy's '06 once in a while; the load... 50 I 4064, 150 sierra pro hunter, wlr.. I'd stuff anything up to a mule deer buck with that combo no questions asked.
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