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Old 04-18-2012, 08:43 AM
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Reloading Question 30-06

I loaded some test rounds for a new 30-06 Rem 700 yesterday and gave them a try. I was using Win brass, win LR primers, Hornady SST 165gr bullets over Varget. The results were not very good, 2" groups for the different weights of powder, and the velocity was not too good either. I averaged 2675 for the max load.

I have the bullets seated about 7 thousanths off the lands. I think Varget may not be the best powder for that heavy of a bullet on a 30-06. Although Varget works great on my .308 with 168gr SMKs. Do any of you load the 30-06 and have any bullet/powder combos that work well?
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Old 04-18-2012, 09:07 AM
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Re: Reloading Question 30-06

49.5 , 50 or 50. 5 of varget and a 168 berger. ( or 168 cbt or balistic tip or 165 sst) . 210 gm primer . lapua brass. 030 off. .5" groups rem 700.
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Re: Reloading Question 30-06

Hmm, that's hotter loads than my data has for max. Off of the Hogdon's website they have 48.3gr for max.
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Re: Reloading Question 30-06

for a 243 , 308 and 30-06 it is hard to beat either varget or I4064 for accuracy. with the 30-06 and 243 you can get more velocity with 4350. i have shot the 50.5 load out of 2 rem 700's and a sako mannlicher from 1969. i believe it is like 2825 fps. i have shot the 165 partition, 165 balistic tip, 168 MK and the 168 cbt with the 50.5 load. my standard load i carry is with a berger 168 . no reason the sst should not work though.
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Old 04-18-2012, 09:38 AM
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Re: Reloading Question 30-06

When the .30-06 was last used a lot in competition, the favorite powder for 168 through 180 grain bullets was IMR4064 as it produced the best accuracy across all sorts of barrels. For 190 and 200 grain bullets, IMR4350 was the ticket for success.

Full length size your fired cases, too. Neck sizing's never been consistantly successful in the accuracy department.
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Old 04-18-2012, 09:49 AM
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Hornady uses Varget in their 30-06 match load for a Garand, now granted that has somewhat to do with the fact that it works well with the M1's gas system, but is is a very good powder. I also use IMR 4895 in my '06 and have been happy with my results with the 168 grain bullets.
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Re: Reloading Question 30-06

H414 of the "new" stuff or good old IMR4350 over a mag primer! Somethings are better left unchanged and I always start with the 4350 in a 06.
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