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Old 11-13-2012, 06:38 PM
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Ground Hog load for 30-06

Does anyone have a nice load for ground hogs and smaller varmints? As much as I love my rifle a few shots and I'm pretty much done.

thanks for the help
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Old 11-15-2012, 11:56 AM
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Does anyone have a nice load for ground hogs and smaller varmints? As much as I love my rifle a few shots and I'm pretty much done.

thanks for the help
I'd say the Speer 130gr HP flat base an any reduced load would do just fine.
You could try; IMR 3031 (52.5grs) Winchester WLM primer, WW case. Should run about 3100 fps.... Data from Speer #Nine The reduced end of the load is;
(48.5grs) 2850 fps
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Old 11-15-2012, 12:46 PM
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Re: Ground Hog load for 30-06

Thanks 436

Could you give me a quick education here? How do I determine a "light" load? Ok I know how that sounds and understand it sounds a bit silly but let me explain and if you would tell me where I am wrong.

I understand a lighter bullet will travel faster and produce less "drag" should I say traveling out the barrel due to it's lighter weight. In other words it will be easier to push down the barrel. I will "assume" it will also reduce felt recoil. Right?

Looking in the Lee reloading book "most" of the powder charges really aren't that different in weight and depending on the burn rate "seem" to produce pressures in the same ballpark.

I am using IMR 4320 51.8gr with a Hornaby 165gr bt sp bullet. Can I actually go below the minimum powder charge in the book?

All that said is recoil mostly do to bullet weight and not charge weight?

My reasoning for all this is to be able to shoot the rifle more and also be able to download for varmints. Maybe not the best caliber but it's what I have. Most shots are under 150 yards.

Thanks I am real wet behind the ears when I comes to loading my 30-36.
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Old 11-15-2012, 01:50 PM
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Re: Ground Hog load for 30-06

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Thanks 436

Could you give me a quick education here? How do I determine a "light" load? Ok I know how that sounds and understand it sounds a bit silly but let me explain and if you would tell me where I am wrong.

I understand a lighter bullet will travel faster and produce less "drag" should I say traveling out the barrel due to it's lighter weight. In other words it will be easier to push down the barrel. I will "assume" it will also reduce felt recoil. Right?

Looking in the Lee reloading book "most" of the powder charges really aren't that different in weight and depending on the burn rate "seem" to produce pressures in the same ballpark.

I am using IMR 4320 51.8gr with a Hornaby 165gr bt sp bullet. Can I actually go below the minimum powder charge in the book?

All that said is recoil mostly do to bullet weight and not charge weight?

My reasoning for all this is to be able to shoot the rifle more and also be able to download for varmints. Maybe not the best caliber but it's what I have. Most shots are under 150 yards.

Thanks I am real wet behind the ears when I comes to loading my 30-36.
What you need to do is; look up of these points in a ballistics book.

Ballistic Coefficient
Sectional Density
Bearing Surface: Friction of bullet surface and design property.
Burning Rate: Powder vs Powder
Loading Density
Recoil
Reduce loads: The Detonation Phenomenon; Be careful don't go to low,, It can be as bad as to much

In short;
Yes the lighter bullets and lighter powder charges kick less'.., together or on their own.

If you already have IMR-4320 try a 165gr at (45.0grs) it should be around 2450 fps
Or the 130gr Speer at (50.5grs) for 2790 fps
Either should pop critters at 150 yards plus; with no trouble, an very little recoil.

Good Luck
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Old 11-15-2012, 02:07 PM
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Re: Ground Hog load for 30-06

Hey thanks I'll give that load a try. I kinda want this to be as close to an all around rifle as practical but that will require less recoil for smaller stuff where you get a few shots. I don't mind the recoil for deer only get a shot or two anyway. Ten shots with the heavier loads and I'm done. LOL

thanks for your help
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Old 11-15-2012, 02:12 PM
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Re: Ground Hog load for 30-06

Your welcome Bro.
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Old 11-17-2012, 08:34 AM
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Re: Ground Hog load for 30-06

30-06 is way too much for GH's with any load IMO. Just get a 22-250 for that role and fire away.
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