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Old 11-06-2009, 11:16 PM
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.30-06 loads

I am new here and I tried searching for ".30-06" and nothing came back. I thought it was odd. So, I am sorry if I am going over old material. I have a Savage .30-06 22" factory barrel and I am loading for a whitetail hunt. I have shot 1.5" groups at 200yds with 168 Bergers and 57 grns Imr4350. These were shot on the ground with a bipod....I think I could continue to improve them but I am running out of Bergers and Imr4350. I would like to try the ladder method I saw in the tech article section. Anyhow, Bergers and Imr4350 are a pain to get around here. I was wondering if anybody had the miracle load for me jk. I would appreciate hearing about your loads. I do have some h414 and 168 AMAXs. Oh yea I can't find any FED210s either, I have Win wlrs. Any help would be great.
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Old 11-07-2009, 04:57 AM
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Re: .30-06 loads

You're sitting on the miracle load: somebody's 4350, 57 to 58.5 gr., and a 165 gr. spitzer. Pick a cheaper spitzer for development. Get your distance from the lands, and replicate that for the Berger. Then fine tune the powder charge to the Berger if you feel it's needed.
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Old 11-07-2009, 09:15 AM
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Re: .30-06 loads

You said somebody's 4350? Does that mean you would use AA 4350? Or is there another 4350 out there I have overlooked?
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Old 11-07-2009, 10:02 AM
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Re: .30-06 loads

I have developed a load that works very well for me, but I use a 208 amax seated at 3.340 COAL sitting on 58-59g of RL 22. I use this as starting point for customer guns I build. In a nitrided 6 groove 22inch 10 twist McGowen barrel, it runs around 2800-2825 depending on temp outside. The rifle was built on a Howa action and the headspace is dead on minimum. The throat is fairly short with the reamer I use, and it seems to work very well. The customer is in Alaska so the temps there are very low and he has gone much hotter with the load with no pressure signs. He says the 59gr seems the sweet spot for velocity and accuracy for him, and it seems to work that way in most of them for me too. He is getting sub .25MOA consistent with this rifle and this load.

I know the 208 might seem like overkill for deer, but it will reach out a long long way if you need to. I plan to run a few 06s out to Thunder Valley and see how they do out to 1500 plus with this and the Load I worked up that HSM loads for me now.
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Old 11-07-2009, 11:03 AM
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Re: .30-06 loads

My pet load is 46.0 gr of RL 15 under 165 gr Sierra HPBT GameKing. I am starting to experiment with the higher end loads in the manual to get out a little further, but if you are shooting within 300-400 yds, the 46.0 is fine.
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Old 11-07-2009, 12:18 PM
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Re: .30-06 loads

I have been loading 168 grain Nosler BTs over 59 grains RL17 and 200 CCI primers. My oal is 3.41 and they group around 5/8" to 3/4" at 100 yards. The velocity is 3012 fps and the .490 BC of the Ballistic Tips should be a pretty good performer at range. Hope to verify that this season.
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Old 11-07-2009, 04:19 PM
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Re: .30-06 loads

H4831 is a good powder for the old '06 as is R19. I'd use cheaper bullets in the same or close to the same weight for load development and then fine tune with the premiums.
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