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Old April 6, 2011, 11:03 AM   #1
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Low powered 30-06 loads

I've got an old 1903 Springfield and I'd like to shoot it but don't wish to push the old gun to it's limits. It was made in 1930 so it has a good receiver. I'm more worried about cracking the wood. I'll only be shooting at 100 yards on a paper target so as long as the bullet drop is not too bad I'll be fine.
Any ideas for a nice low powered load?
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Old April 6, 2011, 11:05 AM   #2
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Try 12 grns of trailboss and the bullet that your gun likes the best.
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Old April 6, 2011, 11:13 AM   #3
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Kraig, have you noticed any problems or odd behavior when using Trail Boss with jacketed bullets?
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Old April 6, 2011, 11:25 AM   #4
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None whatsoever. I've used it in '06, 308, 375 H&H, 416 Rigby, 44-90 Sharps, 45-70, 7.62X54R.

I think thats all, there may be others. I don't use it in pistol/revolvers, I don't see the need for me.
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Old April 6, 2011, 03:30 PM   #5
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You should be able to run up to 20 grains of Trail Boss in the '06, and still shouldn't break 1,500 fps.

I would start with 12-14 grains (70% of max case capacity), and work up to an accuracy load. The only applicable caveats: Do not compress Trail Boss. If you compress it and break the donuts, the burn rate becomes unpredictable (and faster).
However, your starting load velocity will be somewhere between 900 to 1,100 fps.

If you want something a little more along the lines of a reduced load, say 2,300-2,400 fps with a 165 gr bullet ...
I have a load I'm running with 165 gr Core-Lokts on top of 45.0 grains of IMR 4895. In LC 69 brass, it's running just under 2,400 fps, and has significantly less perceived recoil than full power stuff. But.. it's incredibly accurate in my rifle (even with factory-seconds Core-Lokts), and case-fill volume is still acceptable (75-80%).

I have a similar load running AA3100, which is about 91% fill in R-P brass. With 50 grains of AA3100, it's running about 2,300 fps with the same Core-Lokts.
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Old April 6, 2011, 03:44 PM   #6
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From Chuck Hawks Reduced Recoil page:

.30-06 Springfield - 150 grain Speer SP bullet, 28.0 grains of XMP 5744 powder, CCI 200 primer, Win. case. COL 3.250". MV 2052 fps in 22" barrel. (Based on the Speer Reloading Manual No. 13.)

.30-06 Springfield - 165 grain Speer SP bullet, 25.0 grains of SR 4759 powder, CCI 200 primer, Win. case. COL 3.250". MV 1941 fps in 22" barrel. (Based on the Speer Reloading Manual No. 13.)

See also: http://www.imrpowder.com/PDF/Youth%20Loads.pdf
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