I agree with DSheetz! Tell us what you're "actual" load off your rifles instead. "My" unwritten rule for elk size game is 1500 FT-LBS and the minimum velocity of the bullet to expand effectively at POI.Asking this for my dad what is the max effective range on elk size game and deer size game with a 30-06 and how many more yards can you get out of it vs a 308
Yes your right it is fun.and yea for elk we'll be trying nosler accubond and partition and ttsx and GMX or e tips.i a going to try hammers hopefully soon in my rifle I have now and in other calibers in future if I like themHandloading is fun! But it also feels like a blackhole sometimes. There's always a nother tool or technique to try in order to get lower SDs and better accuracy. I actually got rid of my gear because right now I don't have the time to tweak loads, test, and then keep repeating. I will get back into it at some point, but not right now. Anyway, point of this is to say I'd recommend you work up a load other than SST for elk. They work well on deer, but the general consensus is that you will be better served with a tougher bullet like an Accubond, Partition, Interbond, Copper, etc. Just a thought for you to consider..
Looks like some good loads out of a 06 may have to buy one for my self due to all I have right now is 308sWell, my curiosity kinda got the best of me. Jorey and I, along with a few others were bad mouthing the old 30-06 and somebody put up some charts and I got to looking at them and thought maybe the 06 has some steam to push some of the newer higher BC’ed bullets. So I went out for a ride on the scoot and stopped at my local bait and bullet store to see what they had. I scored 7lbs of the VV N570 powder, 8lb jug of Staball 6.5, a box of 212 ELD X and a box of Sierra 300 SBT for my 375.
It’s nice to have bags!
So off to home I went.
I sized up some fired Lapua cases and measured the distance to the lands in my P64 with an ELD. Went 3.415 to the lands. I said to myself, this just may work. I know my guns functions best at 3.4 or under so they’ll have a little jump. I checked Hodgdons data and started with their minimum charge and fired it over the Magnetospeed.
50 grains was the min
That went 2400 so I kept loading 1 and shooting see where it went. Well, I pushed past their max load, which I wouldn’t suggest for new loaders, but having an accurate chrono makes me feel okay with loading to their speeds and since it’s loaded to about 59k PSI I knew I had a little wiggle room at the top.
I stopped at 58 which is a full 4 grains over their max change and almost 100 FPS faster. So once I had some data I wanted to work in the 2650-2700 range.
I dropped back to 56 and went up to 57.6 and came up with two nodes in there that look pretty good.
I loaded 6 rounds each of 56.5 and 57.3.
Just for notes if you’re tracking I also used CCI250’s for a primer.
So I haven’t ran it through a calc yet, but a .676 BC doesn’t fair too bad at distance. And 2700 will never tear one up.
I think you could do about the same with a 280 and the 180 ELD as well which’ll whoop them 06 some but they aren’t too far off.
Hopefully I can shoot it soon and I’ll report back. It’d be kinda neat if they shot decent. That’s a pretty powerful combo really and not horribly slow either. I can’t imagine many elk or deer that’d shrug one off and if they shot decent I’d be willing to take it into elk country.
I figured this might be interesting for the 06 talk on here. Sorry, I’d already posted it on Nosler but it seemed to fit.