30-06 loads

Discussion in 'Reloading' started by albertakid, Nov 25, 2008.

  1. albertakid

    albertakid Well-Known Member

    Nov 25, 2007
    Is there any reason i can't try sierra hpbt match kings in 168 grains for my 30-06 my hodgon manual only lists the hornady 168 hpbt not the sierra

  2. KRP

    KRP Well-Known Member

    Dec 25, 2007
    No, there is no reason you can't shoot Sierra's in your '06.

  3. boomtube

    boomtube Well-Known Member

    Oct 8, 2007
    "Is there any reason i can't try sierra hpbt match kings in 168 grains..."

    Understand that NO book data is a "law", including the much confused OAL.

    The book makers are only telling you what they used to develop their published data, no more. YOU can use any brass, any bullet, any primer you wish IF you do it intelligently and not by belivening if it's in a book it's safe for you too.

    THE cardinal rule is to start with low to mid range charges and ONLY move up IF no over pressure signs appear. If they do, back off. If they don't, it really doesn't matter which bullet you use or how deep you seat it, etc.
  4. cross

    cross Well-Known Member

    May 30, 2007
    To further clarify Boomtube's statements:

    You can use any 0.308 bullet you want. You still have to stay with 30 caliber.

    Stay with large rifle primers, large rifle magnum primers will work but they're not the same thing and I'm not sure where you'll find published data recommending them.

    The Hornaday manual only lists Hornaday bullets, Sierra's manual only lists Sierra's bullets, Nosler, Speer, Swift, etc. are the same.