30-06, 180 SMK,180 SGK,NEED ADVICE ON POWDER CHOICE

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  1. 30-06 boy

    30-06 boy Well-Known Member

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    HEY GUYS,I'M LOADING FOR A 30-06 WITH A 22"TUBE.WOULD LIKE TO GET MAX VELOCITY WITH ACCURACY ALSO.I'VE BEEN RESEARCHING POWDER CHOICES AND CHARGE WIEGHTS.I THINK I SHOULD USE POWDERS BETWEEN IMR4350 AND RELOADER22.THE "SLOWER" END OF THE POWDERS WILL FILL THE CASES MORE.IN YOUR EXPERIENCE WHERE SHOULD I START?
     
  2. Michael Eichele

    Michael Eichele Well-Known Member

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    RL-22 is a little slow for an -06 with a 22" bbl. Concider RL-19 or even RL-15 for the shorter tube. RL-22 works well in a 26" -06 with heavier bullets (190 and up)
     

  3. LOBO

    LOBO Well-Known Member

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    56 grs of H4350 works well w/ 175 grain SMK
    59 grains is max from Hodgdon
     
  4. 300Rummy

    300Rummy Active Member

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    54 gr of IMR 4350 and a Fed. 215 primer is a good load for the 180 SGK....
     
  5. Waffen

    Waffen Well-Known Member

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    I have found no better powder for the 30-06, at least in mine, than IMR4350.

    I don't shoot 180gr bullets, but I can say for 165gr's it seems that 56gr is the sweet spot for any bullet short of a barnes.
     
  6. sewwhat89

    sewwhat89 Well-Known Member

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    Ditto on what Waffen said, but I shoot 57 gr IMR 4350. The load I shot in my '06 with 180s was for an autoloader and loaded to function in that rifle only. Accuracy was second fiddle, but they shot great. I believe it was 48 gr IMR 4895 or whatever the powder used for Garands. IMR 4064? It was 48 gr of 'garand' powder. Sorry, but I don't have my notes handy.
     
  7. Derek M.

    Derek M. Well-Known Member

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    180 grain bullets, I've had reliable accuracy from the following (in order):
    H4350, IMR4350, IMR 4064 (best with Sierra bullets), and Re22. If I had to pick one for top vel., it would be the Re22 hands down. I've always had top vel. in my .06 with this powder and 3 diff. bullets: 180 Scirocco, 180 Part., and 180 TSX. Re22 is also the most accurate overall in my rifle (22" PacNor bbl.).
     
  8. LOBO

    LOBO Well-Known Member

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    Derek,
    what charge of RL 22 are you using w/ the 180 gr bullets? What is your overall length and velocity?
     
  9. sewwhat89

    sewwhat89 Well-Known Member

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    Alliant has 60 gr of both RL 19 and RL 22 listed as max for the 180s. FWIW
     
  10. LOBO

    LOBO Well-Known Member

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    Will have to check it out.
     
  11. Alan Griffith

    Alan Griffith Well-Known Member

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    Probably not what you're looking for!

    H4895 and Nosler 180 Ballistic Tip in my 30-06. Not your bullet, powder or velocity.

    Big Al

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  12. ColonialBuff

    ColonialBuff Well-Known Member

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    Nice Big Al, real nice.