What powder for 30-06 Ackley?

Discussion in 'Reloading' started by sambo3006, Sep 27, 2005.

  1. sambo3006

    sambo3006 Well-Known Member

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    I have a 30-06AI with a 25" match grade Shilen barrel. I have been shooting 150 gr moly coated ballistic tips and all I can get without pressure signs is 3050 fps. I'm thinking that I might get more efficient use of this cartridge with a 180 gr bullet (probably ballistic tip or SST). What powders would you guys recommend trying to maximize velocity? Thanks! Sam
     
  2. sewwhat89

    sewwhat89 Well-Known Member

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    Well, with 60.6 gr of W760 in a standard .30-06 I am getting 3030 fps out of a factory Browning stalker, 24" barrel, with 165 gr NBT. You may want to try Ramshot Hunter, IMR/H 4831 or maybe as slow as WXR or MagPro. To me, the Hunter powder looks promising as it fills the gap between H/IMR 4350 and H/IMR 4831 with a spherical powder.
     

  3. Fiftydriver

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    I would try RL-22 as my first choice, especially with the 180 gr pills. With the 150 gr bullets I would use H-4831 or RL-19 as my first options.

    What pressure signs are you getting by the way???

    Are your primer pockets staying good and tight and if so for how many firings per case???

    Kirby Allen(50)
     
  4. bucknutz

    bucknutz Well-Known Member

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    i wish i could be more helpful here kirby.all 50 lapua brass are fireformed,trimmed and primed.my 4x scope that is on it still printed &lt;1" 100yd groups while fireforming,even though it looked like shooting 300yds.hoping santa is good to me this year and brings a scope /ubbthreads/images/graemlins/smile.gif.i will be trying h-4831 h-4350 first with 155gr scenars. i am still interested in moving to the 169.5gr wildcats though.do you have a supply?
    sambo3006 have you seen the wildcat selection? uld high b.c. hunting bullets?
     
  5. sambo3006

    sambo3006 Well-Known Member

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    Thanks guys. I have W760, IMR 4831, RL 19 and RL 22 on hand. I have been using RL 19 for 150 gr (seemed to group better than 4350IMR). Without looking up my data, I think I am using 62 gr of RL19 behind the 150 gr Ballistic tip. 3050 fps with no pressure signs. Seated 0.015 off the rifling. I have gotten 3200 fps with this bullet but with flattened primers, shiny case head and some cratering. Too hot!