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Finding the right load for a 30-06

 
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Old 02-15-2012, 06:09 PM
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Re: Finding the right load for a 30-06

For what it's worth, when the .30-06 was "the" rifle for competitive high power shooting up to 600 yards with 165 to 180 grain bullets, IMR4064 consistantly gave the best accuracy in handloads. With 190 and 200 grain bullets, IMR4350 was the ticket to top scores. Ball powders were often tried, but none came close to what extruded powders produced for accuracy.

The above aside, higher muzzle velocities can be had with slower powders, but typically with some sacrifice in accuracy.

Shoot at least 15 shots per test group. Anything less is not significantly meaningful; 5 shot groups are only 50% reliable for what all shots fired with the load used will shoot.
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Old 02-15-2012, 07:01 PM
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I will have to check my notes but IIRC my jump is .086 to the lands which gives me an oal of 3.39.[/COLOR]

If you plan on using the AB….
Sorry man IIRC means ( if I remember correctly) .086 is 86 thousands of an inch from the rifling meaning where the bullets taper from the nose back increases to full caliber .308 inches. So that means the bullet after it is fired travels 86 thousands of one inch before it comes in full contact with the barrel rifling. AB means Nosler Accubond. OAL is overall length which is the total length of the cartridge from the base of the case to the tip of the bullet.

The best info I can offer you if you are just getting into reloading is to buy reloading manuals and read them from the start up to the loading information. In this respect they are all pretty much the same with the information and cautions of reloading your own ammo just worded a bit differently from each company to the next. Get a note book and write your own notes on how your loads perform in different conditions with all the information on powder type, powder weight, brass type, trimmed length of brass, primer mfg and so on. As you gain experience it will become easier to load the ammo you want with less head scratching and fuss.

This site is also in my opinion the best one on the net for learning how to load ammo, build a rifle or get the rifle you have shooting the way you want it to. There are many members here that have so much experience in so many areas of shooting it just boggles my mind. In the seven years I have been here I have learned a lot and I load better ammo and continue to improve my shooting skills and make longer range kills each and every year.

Stick with it and you will have smooth sailing ahead.
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Old 02-16-2012, 09:29 PM
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Re: Finding the right load for a 30-06

I hear good things about RL-22 performing really well with 180 Nosler Ballistic Tips and or Nosler Accubond bullets.

I have a Remington 700 BDL rifle I purchased in 1975. My current load is 59.0 H4350
CCI-250 Mag, Primers, 165 Nosler Ballistic Tip. 2840 fps .442 groups from a 22" barrel. Haven't tried the Nosler Accubond 165 yet.

I have played with Ramshot Hunter and got 2900 fps. Will re-visit that some more this Spring.

Don
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Old 02-16-2012, 10:11 PM
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.442 groups from a 22" barrel.
Is that what it shoots all the time? Sure sounds like that's what you're saying it does.

Or is it the smallest group shot? If true, what's the largest group its shot?

If it's the largest, then you've got something going.
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Old 02-16-2012, 11:07 PM
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Is that what it shoots all the time? Sure sounds like that's what you're saying it does.

Or is it the smallest group shot? If true, what's the largest group its shot?

If it's the largest, then you've got something going.
Don't confuse me with the facts.
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Old 02-17-2012, 09:52 AM
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Re: Finding the right load for a 30-06

Bart,
I'm not implying it shoots like that all the time. I will say I spent a lot of range time developing that load. I have duplicated those results a few times depending on me, if I have a good range day. It has not shot larger than a 3/4" group. The gun and load are capable of those .442 results, the shooter must do the rest to make that happen.

The load was developed for hunting purposes and performed very well on a Doe this past Fall. It's the best load this gun has shot and works for me.

Don
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Old 02-17-2012, 03:55 PM
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Re: Finding the right load for a 30-06

Ed- " powder bullet or both?" it is the barrel most likely . if your gun shot acceptable groups with factory core locts. it could be the load, maybe. BARTB is correct about I4064 being a great powder, I4895 too and varget for target out of match barrels. . for elk i would load h-4350 ( i would try varget second and I4064 third) and a 165 partition for bulls, and any 165 for cows. for elk at 300 your groups don't have to be 1/2 inch at 100 yards.
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