What Powder for 30-06 165 and 180 grain bullet

Discussion in 'Reloading' started by DevilDOG_O341, Jun 19, 2013.

  1. DevilDOG_O341

    DevilDOG_O341 Member

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    I have a Remington model 7600 30-06 that shoots Hornady factory ammo 150 gr, 165 gr, and 180 gr very well (MOA at 100 and 200). I am new to reloading and have briefly read through a couple of reloading manuals on the 30-06 and powders used and the starting load to the max load.
    I know Hodgdon makes a Hornady Superformance powder, but after reading the label I wasn’t sure if it would be the best for my 30-06 even though I shoot really good groups with their SST and Interbond Superformance ammo from the factory. I recently purchased a bottle of Hodgdon 4350 after talking to some friends that shoot 30-06, 300 win mag, etc and they recommended this powder.
    Are there any others that I should strongly consider? I am wanting to get as close as possible to the factory FPS as possible.
     
  2. roninflag

    roninflag Well-Known Member

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    i have loaded a lot of 30-06 ammo. h-4350 is an excellent one to start with . re-19 also.
     

  3. RT2506

    RT2506 Well-Known Member

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    When loading for a 7600 pump rifle just remember that it is not a bolt action. Don't try to hot rod your loads because they can't handle it. The 4350 powders are good ones for those heavy bullets in the 06. Look for accuracy not high velocity and you will do fine. I have seen where 7400 auto and 7600 pump loaders had to use small base dies to get good function.
     
  4. roninflag

    roninflag Well-Known Member

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    Devil- i loaded 2500 rd of 30-06 one year. i believe the 7600 to be as strong , but it does not have the camming action of a bolt , a slightly. over size round will have a hard time chambering. for other powders to consider - varget . it would be my very First choice. i use 50.5 grain and a 168 berger . 30-06 has a lot of good powders - I4895, h4895 and I4064. 4350 will give you 50 fps more. at the ranges you are talking about 50 fps is negligible. if you do want the extra of super performance i would say buy factory ammo.,
     
  5. DevilDOG_O341

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    Thank you for the info. I appreciate it.
     
  6. DevilDOG_O341

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    I appreciate the advice and powder info. I am going to start with the H4350 and well see what results I get.
     
  7. Ccctennis

    Ccctennis Well-Known Member

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    Here is my last batch of 30-06 rounds.
    4/27/201330-06Win LRHornadyRL-1953.2 grainsHornady180 grain20
     
  8. Lefty7mmstw

    Lefty7mmstw Well-Known Member

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    I'm with the consensus here that 4350 is one of the better choices for 165 grain pills and rl19 or rl22 for 180 grain bullets. I'd look at 4064, 4895 (either one), I 4320, aa 2700, big game (ramshot), 760-h414, I 4831, and a few other powders if you don't get what you want with 4350.
    It's actually somewhat hard to go wrong with the '06 powder wise. You will want to full length or sb full length size as others have said as you're not using a bolt action.
     
  9. Bart B

    Bart B Well-Known Member

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    Best accuracy with those bullet weights has been with 4064. Highest velocity has been with 4350. That's with equal max safe pressure. Most folks choose speed over accuracy which is why 4350 is usually the powder suggested.
     
  10. danj

    danj Well-Known Member

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    My load for my 760 30/06 is 50 gr of varget using 165gr.TSX bullets.Good all around load. A lot of powders will work well with a /06.