View Full Version : Load Data for Remington 7400, 30-06 ?

September 12, 2012, 09:18 PM
I am trying to help a friend with his Remington model 7400, chambered in 30-06.

He will be using it to hunt moose, so we are looking for an accurate load with a heavy bullet.

Any suggestions will be appreciated.


September 14, 2012, 05:31 PM
Hornady 220 gr. rn... use small base dies to resize the cases

September 14, 2012, 05:43 PM
Rich, for years I ran the same 150-180 30-06 grain loads through our 7400 as I did thorough the old Model 78. Built them on standard Lee dies and never had a malf of any kind that I can remember. H4895 rifle powder was used throughout.

September 14, 2012, 05:57 PM
Should he be using SMALL BASE dies for this semi auto rifle, or can he get by with the STANDARD Lee sizing die ?


September 14, 2012, 06:52 PM
I've loaded for years for a Remington 742, earlier edition of the 7400, and have used standard full length sizing dies from both Hornady and RCBS. The slowest powder I'd use would be IMR 4350 and any premium 180-200 grain bullet would be fine. Hornady's 180 gr. SP bullet shoots good in mine. Minute of Moose doesn't require a target match load. Just make sure that when you size the brass that the sized brass will chamber in the rifle. The Remington semi-autos I think have chambers that are on the maximum spec for chamber length. At least mine is.

September 14, 2012, 09:01 PM
Use the standard dies if you already have them on hand... 50/50 chance they will work just fine. I suggested the small base dies because of my past experience with a Rem 742 in 280. It didn't cycle worth a s**t with our reloads until we bought a small base die set.

That said every gun is unique to a certain degree, chamber specs min/max etc. etc. If you have a loose enough chamber , you probably won't have any trouble.

September 15, 2012, 12:30 AM
I have never had a problem reloading for semi-auto rifles using standard FL dies. Just make sure that after sizing, trim to correct COL. When seating bullet, do not exceed bullet MFG OAL. I do not have anything in an AR platform so that may require SB dies.

180 gr bullet should be sufficient for elk in 30-06.

September 15, 2012, 08:45 AM
For Moose I'd give the 180 grain Accubond the go, The Nosler #6 manual will have loads for it.:)

September 15, 2012, 09:15 AM
I started out reloading for a 7400 in .280 and used RCBS dies,no special die was used, it feed fine with my reloads,I do remember always sizing down far enough to bump the shoulder each time. For 30-06 I would look at 180gr Barnes, great permance for big game. Many other bonded types will work good also, today bullet choices are well designed. I personaly really prefer the solid copper for guaranteed penetration.

September 16, 2012, 11:37 AM
Thanks to all who have taken the time to help answer my questions.