30-06 pet loads

Discussion in 'Deer Hunting' started by Buffalohead, Feb 27, 2012.

  1. Buffalohead

    Buffalohead New Member

    Feb 27, 2012
    I know this is the wrong bunch to be asking for a pet long range loads for an 06 but Ive shot one since Moby Dick was a frog and still love tinkering with it. Im also so old I cant even SEE past 600 yards so there you have it. Id like some pet long range hunting loads..preferably for 165 gr. if possible.gun)Arm yourself and live longer.
  2. J300UM

    J300UM Well-Known Member

    Dec 17, 2007
    57gr H4350
    165gr Accubond
    Win Brass
    CCI 200 Primers
    COAL 3.30

    I've used this load in 3 different rifles and all 3 shot sub MOA groups with it. It's not the hottest load but it has been really consistant. 2800 - 2900 depending on barrel length.

  3. kcebcj

    kcebcj Well-Known Member

    Jan 28, 2008
    Used to shoot the 150-165 Hornady Spire Point but don't remember the loads exactly. I have sense moved up to bigger bullets as they carry more energy down range. I spend most of my hunting time chasing mature bucks and hunt bull elk mainly for meat but look for mature bulls. Don't like shooting cows or does but that's just me. Want a bullet to work well out to 700 yards so moved up.

    Here is the load I'm using right now. Still trying to refine the load. It's a half grain over recommended so start a few grains below.
    Berger 190gr Hunting VLD
    58gr H4831
    .070 jump
    ES around 25fps
    2680 avg fps at the chrono 15 feet away.

    Shooting about half MOA at 335 yards 3 shot groups. Not quite as good at 450yards. Just got the 800 yard target set up so now I can see what's really up with this load and refine.

    HARPERC Well-Known Member

    Jan 28, 2011
    58 grains h4831 and a 200 grain accubond, federal 215 primers, will get you 2650 fps. It's warm but never given me trouble with any 200 grain bullet for many years. With a good calibrated cap it will get you to 500+, and keep enough velocity for expansion. There has been so many of these threads lately, I'm going back to the drawing board this spring, and try some R22.
  5. kcebcj

    kcebcj Well-Known Member

    Jan 28, 2008


    Not hijacking this thread but how accurate did you get the 200gr Accubond . I took a buck and a bull with the 200gr two seasons ago and like the way it preformed on the animal both were between 450 and 470 yards. I tried RL22, 4350 and RL19 using Federal 210 Primers and Win brass. Was never satisfied with the accuracy. H4831 I have not tried but will if yours preformed.

    For the OP both Nosler and Berger bullets are worth trying
  6. Derek M.

    Derek M. Well-Known Member

    Jul 12, 2004
    Not at all. Just because there are longrange shooters here doesn't mean there's no 30.06 fans! I'm one!

    H4350 with 168 Barnes TSX, Fed 210M primer, Lapua or WW brass
    Re19 with 168 TTSX Fed 210M primer, Win brass
    IMR4064 with Hornady 165 boat tail
  7. sniper1958

    sniper1958 Active Member

    Jan 10, 2011
    I've got two for my Sig SHR970 (bbl. length measures 21 29/32" - stamped 22"). The first is the lighter of the two and has worked on a few deer - one at 175 yards and the other at about 230. It benches tight groups (2.3" at 400 yards), but I haven't shot anything at that distance.

    Hornady SST, 165 grain
    Remington Brass
    Remington 9 1/2 LR primer
    OAL 3.345"
    57.3 gr. IMR 4350
    MV 2900 fps

    The second is heavier and maintains more momentum at longer ranges. It also groups better and more consistently.

    Hornady SST, 180 grain (same results from Hornady's 180 grain Interbond, same load)
    Remington Brass
    Remington 9 1/2 LR primer
    OAL 3.245"
    53.6 gr. Reloader 17
    MV 2700 fps
    0.40" at 100 yards, 2.0" at 400 yards, within a 6" circle at 600 yards with 20 mph cross wind and Kentucky windage hold.
  8. szeitner

    szeitner Well-Known Member

    Dec 19, 2011
    This is not a heavy bullet load, but one that I have been loading for over 35 years. It's about the only load I ever shoot thru my 06, and have taken everything that I have ever shot at with it from prairie dogs, coyotes, antelope, mulies and whitetails, and elk. I have never shot anything with it that hasn't dropped virtually in it's tracks.

    130 gr Hornady SP
    51.5 grns IMR 3031
    Win large rifle primer

    I have no chrono, so don't know the ballistics, but it has always been a good shooter for me with exceptional groups.