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April 26, 2012, 03:08 PM
What is your favorite 3006 load and why

April 26, 2012, 04:38 PM
47 grns of 4895, pushing either a 175 SMK or pulled military 173s. Fed match primers, and either Winchester or LC Match Brass.

I also use the same load with 168 SMKs.

This is a Garand Same load. I use it in my Garand, M1917 Enfield, 1903a3 S-C, and my Model 70 Vietnam Era Sniper Clone.

April 26, 2012, 07:23 PM
That's interesting, Kraig. My 4895 load uses 47.0 grains and a 165 Sierra Gameking. Great hunting load, very accurate in my Savage 111. Winchester brass and a WLR primer. It gives me 2750 fps from my barrel and is a nice hunting load

Or, I'll use that same brass and bullet, but charge it with 60 grains of Reloder 22. Yeah, I know, RL22 is too slow for the .30-06. I get 2700 fps from that load.

In 2010 I went down to a 150 grain bullet and stepped up the powder speed a little. 61.0 grains of Reloder 19, that same Winchester powder, but a 150 grain Nosler Ballistic Tip gave me 2800 fps. That load shines in my rifle and accounted for a nice fat doe. Groups average 3/4 inch with my indifferent bench technique and my Weaver K6 scope. It's not a target set-up, but it satisfies in the hunting fields.

April 26, 2012, 07:59 PM
46.2 H414 behind 150 fmj, sweet little target round with solid recoil and hit on metal targets at 200m but not too hard on my shoulder

William T. Watts
April 26, 2012, 08:21 PM
48.7 gr of IMR4064, R-P cases, CCI primer, 150gr Nosler SP, velocity exceeds 2700FPS, nice small symetrical groups and light recoil... Rifle is a Ruger Hawkeye SS/Syn, Leupold 3 X 9 AO, not what I would call eye candy but man does it shoot.. William

David Bachelder
April 27, 2012, 07:47 AM
44.5 gr Varget behind a 165 gr Hornady SST.

Shoots great in my Remington 700.

April 27, 2012, 02:51 PM
57.5 grns IMR4350, 150 grn Ballistic Tip, for the Savage 111 of my son. He also owns the only Remington 700 we have, it loves 58 grn IMR4350, 150 Ballistic Tips. Both rifles shoot these respective loads under 1/2 moa at 100 yds...:)

Bart B.
April 27, 2012, 04:38 PM
When the .30-06 was at its heyday in high power competition during the early 1960's, the best accuracy was had by handloading around 47 grains of IMR4064 under a 168 Sierra; for hunting, a 165 Sierra. Some folks shot Sierra's 150-gr. match or hunting bullets with 48 grains of IMR4895 with good success. 200 grain match and hunting bullets were best with 56 grains of IMR4350. Some folks tried ball powder in the .30-06 when it came out, but accuracy never was as good as extruded powders produced.

Probably more important that powder choice is to be sure the bullets' diameters are not smaller than the barrel's groove diameter. Bullets can be up to several ten-thousandths larger and be very accurate.

old roper
April 28, 2012, 12:27 PM
I have two 30-06 both are used for hunting first one it's used for cow elk tag and use 150gr E-Tip with H-4350 and my other one I'd used on a bull/buck combination tag with 180gr partition/H-4350.

April 28, 2012, 05:49 PM
I use 59 grs. H4831, Sierra 165 gr Gameking, Winchester brass and CCI 200 primers . 2700 fps out of my Savage 110. The reason that I use this load is because my rifle likes to a tune of 5 rounds under an inch all day long. Any deer hit solidly with this load has never went more than 50 yards from hit with most DRT.

April 29, 2012, 02:19 AM
WW case, CCI Magnum Primer, 165 grain Sierra SPBT, 57.0 grains IMR4350. Honest 2825 fps out of the 22" barrel of my M70 and 1 MOA or less for five shoot groups @ 100 Meters. Absolute maximum load in my gun so work up!



April 29, 2012, 04:34 PM
WW brass, CCI 200 primer
150 grain bullet, 54.0 of WW760/H414
165 grainer, 52.5 grains WW760/ H414
180 grainer, 51.0 of WW760/H414
Do we see a pattern here?

April 30, 2012, 02:08 PM
Brass: Winchester
Primer: Federal 210
Bullet: Barnes TTSX 130 gr.
Powder: 53.5 gr. of Varget
COAL length: Seat to last groove on bullet

Why? Most accurate load I've found for my X-bolt, so far...

April 30, 2012, 02:35 PM
Winchester brass
CCI 200 primer
150 grn Sierra BTSP

April 30, 2012, 04:23 PM
47 grns of 4895, pushing either a 175 SMK or pulled military 173s. Fed match primers, and either Winchester or LC Match Brass.

I also use the same load with 168 SMKs.

Also my favorite, but my second favorite, for use in bolt guns only is

a 168/175 with 55.0 grains IMR 4350 any case and any primer.

This load was a popular 30-06 match load back in the day, but only for bolt guns. IMR 4350 will bend your operating rod and is not appropriate for any semi auto mechanisms.

April 30, 2012, 04:41 PM
Pretty much settled in on H4350. 61 gr and a 150 gr bullet gives me 3025-3050 fps depending on the rifle and consistent .5-.75" groups.

57 gr and 180's give me 2800 fps with equal accurcy.

April 30, 2012, 04:55 PM
Okay, so what's the best load for the .30-06 using IMR4895 and the 150 Federal Fusion bullet? I've got a bunch of each and looking for a good load to while away the long summer hours at the range.

I've never tried 4350, but I might pick up a pound the next time I buy powder. Looking at the Hornady site, it lists IMR4895 with a 150 bullet, starting 49.0 and max at 53.0. I'm not chasing a max load, just a good starting point on a mid-range load.

April 30, 2012, 07:44 PM
Imr4064 51gr 150 nosler BT 2 in at 400 yards

May 1, 2012, 12:12 AM
Sub Moa load for my 1903 Springfield Sporterized.

50gr IMR4895
Frontier or Winchester brass
Winchester primers
155gr SMK Bullet

The first time I shot this combo you couldnt beat the smile off my face.

May 1, 2012, 12:22 AM
My Garand load...only 30-06 I own:

Lake city match brass
Winchester large rifle primer
47 gr of imr4895
168 gr hornady match bullet
3.23 inches.