30-06, 168 Sierra Match King, imr 4350

Discussion in 'Rifles, Bullets, Barrels & Ballistics' started by NotEnoughTriggerTime, Jul 14, 2004.

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  1. NotEnoughTriggerTime

    NotEnoughTriggerTime Active Member

    Jan 28, 2004
    Looking for load info from Sierra (don't own that load manual yet).

    Planning on using IMR 4350, along with a 168 SMK in a 30-06, using R-P cases. Can someone supply suggested Starting, and suggested Max for this this combination?

    Is there a particular powder that shined in your 30-06 using SMK's?

    Thanks in advance.
  2. genecole

    genecole Well-Known Member

    Jun 10, 2003
    I use a 30-06 for my long-range target shooting. I shoot a 190 SMK in front of 56.2 grs. of H4350. Not sure how far off the lands, they are 3.385 OAL (to the tip of the bullet). I have not tried anything else yet. This was the load that the guy I bought the gun from used. I shot a 6 inch 3 shot group at 1000 yards the other day and it shoots 5 into 1/2 inch all day long at 100. I know this wasnt the exact data you were looking for, but just though I'd thow in my .02 worth.
    Gene Cole III
  3. KWilliams3006

    KWilliams3006 New Member

    Apr 1, 2004
    yep, 50.0 gr. of RL 15 is excellent in both of my 06 Sako 75's. 1/2 MOA.

    Also, 50.0 gr. of IMR 4064 is also outstanding. I've done lots of 06 load testing and these two powders always seem to shine over the 4350's in my rifles, at least. good luck.
  4. Guest

    Guest Guest

    From Sierra's manual:

    OAL = 3.340"
    26" universal receiver:


    MIN. = 48.7 gr. (2400 fps)(86% by volume)

    MAX. = 55.7 gr. (2800 fps)(98.5% by volume)

    Favorite powder for that case is V V N-550.
  5. NotEnoughTriggerTime

    NotEnoughTriggerTime Active Member

    Jan 28, 2004
    S00000, 190's seem to be the ticket for a 30-06 then?

    So far, all I have is a bunch of once fired REM cases, and some 168gr and 200gr smk's from a .308 and 300 RUM project respectively. Never tried the 168's in the 300 yet, the 200's foul bad enough.

    Back to the 30-06 - please share your pet primer/powder/bullet combo that worked for you.

  6. shilen30

    shilen30 Well-Known Member

    Apr 21, 2004
    You guys using the 30-06 for a target rifle: There is a guy that posts on snipersparadise.com that has used a 30-06 for his 1000 yard rifle for a long time. He absolutely swears by RL22 under a 190 grain SMK with lapua cases.
  7. chazmatic

    chazmatic Active Member

    Nov 17, 2009
    All of those are great loads "because the 06 has a spread of loads and because it is a great weapon". I am currently using varget and w852 because i have large amount.
    The issue is that i can find a load from these that my 06 likes. I will be patient and find it. My 308 likes varget powder from 125gr to 168gr. Bullets. These are for my benchrest loading.>>>chaz
  8. justgoto

    justgoto Well-Known Member

    Apr 11, 2009
    With my 1 in 10 twist a 190 is the largest bullet I can stabilize.

    CCI 200, IMR 4831, Hornady 190gr SPBT, Win case.

    I use H414 in the winter when it is below freezing but that powder is too sensitive to temperature to use in the summer. In the warmer temperatures, every 10 degrees I need to develop a new load. I get 1.5" 3 shot groups at 300 yards with it when below freezing so...

    I have some cartridges ladder test loaded beside me with IMR 4064, I'll be back to tell you if they do well.
  9. winmag

    winmag Well-Known Member

    Dec 23, 2009
    I know these arent SMK's, but my Hornady book lists 48.1gr MIN. for 2400fps and 57.0gr MAX for 2900fps of IMR 4350 with thier 165-168gr bullets. They state that Varget and IMR 4831 gave best results accross the board, and also note that H-414 and IMR 4350 gave very good results. Just figured a bit more book info couldnt hurt.

    I do not yet load for my 30-06, but plan to in the near future. So I do not have hands on experience with these loads yet. Ill be using 165-168 gr bullets but not sure wich brand. Im currently loading for my 270wsm and 300wby, and dont have -06 dies. Please post your results, that way when I do get my dies, Ill have more info to go on:D
    Good luck