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Old April 19, 2007, 07:51 PM   #1
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30-06 recipies what do you use?

still pretty new to reloading so i was just wondering what some of you people with some experience use Including things like powder,primer and bullet type. thanks in advance for your expertise.
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Old April 19, 2007, 08:09 PM   #2
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Sierra, Hornady, or Nosler bullets, any large rifle primer, cases in good condition, and a can of IMR 4064.

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Oh, and buy a couple of loading manuals and READ them.

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Old April 19, 2007, 10:31 PM   #3
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Winchester brass, Winchester Large Rifle (WLR) primers, Sierra 150gr SBT bullet, 52gr RE-15. for my bolt rifle.
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Old April 19, 2007, 10:38 PM   #4
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H4831. 58g (or a bit more) works for me behind a 150-160 g bullet. But, each gun/shooter varies. Lyman's manual(and others) list accurate loads. If you can get a copy of Ken Water's "Pet Loads" it is full of great info on many calibres. Amazon sez $45 to $50. Worth it!
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Old April 19, 2007, 10:49 PM   #5
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59gr IMR4350 powder, LR primer, and 150 Hornaday interlock, boat tail, spirepoints....I like it.....
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Old April 19, 2007, 10:58 PM   #6
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I started loading the 30-06 in 1960 and have loaded it in many rifles since. Across the board, comparing the 150 to 165 gr bullets, I always got higher velocities and better accuracy with 165-168 gr bullets.

Various rifles liked IMR4350. Some liked IMR4064, while others like H4350, and one oddball liked IMR4895.

For plinking and target shooting the Sierra 165 SPBT. For hunting 165 Nosler Partition.
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Old April 19, 2007, 11:34 PM   #7
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My 16 inch Remington Semi Auto Model 742, really likes 56.2 grains of 4350 behind 165 grain Hornady interlock boat tail. I like the Federal Large rifle primers, and am reloading Federal and Remington once fired shells from eBay.

It is a wonderful brush or short range elk gun! I get 2650 fps, with the short BBL. It was about 2800 with the 22 in. BBL.

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Old April 20, 2007, 12:09 AM   #8
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Hornady 165gr BTSP and H414.
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Old April 20, 2007, 08:26 AM   #9
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I use 165 gr. Hornady in front of IMR 4064. I will use IMR 4350 every once and a while.
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Old April 20, 2007, 10:04 AM   #10
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Speer 150 grain BTSP for mule deer and antelope.

Barnes 150 grain "X" bullets for elk and moose.

MilSurp or Remington 148-150 grain FMJ for practice

LC MilSurp brass

Remington 9 1/2 MilSpec primers

H-414 or W-W 760 powder

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Old April 20, 2007, 04:27 PM   #11
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win brass, wlr. 165 sierra game king btsp, 57.5 H4350, .020" jump. Very stable load in most conditions. Have loaded on singel stage, with weighed charges, thrown charges, progressive loaded, all different temp, clean and dirty bbl, hot and cold bbl it is the same on paper and over the chrono. My 06 is not quite an moa gun with any load, but this is as good as I have found and stable.
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Old April 20, 2007, 11:39 PM   #12
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The .30-06 loves 165 grain hunting bullets and 168 grain match bullets with IMR4064. Regular large rifle primers. Full length resizing is required if you're shooting a semi-auto. My brass is a mixture of brass you can't get Stateside(IVI/CIL) and some Winchester and I think there's some Remington too. There's well over 100 pieces and none of it is new.
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Old April 21, 2007, 12:04 PM   #13
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.30-'06 ingredients

Rem or Win cases used to be my brass. They were good. Have switched to Lapua. Pricey but OH, so consistent, and need zero new case prep!

Used to use Sierra 165 grain Gamekings; they worked fine, and nice & accurate, but the lead tips damaged easily. Now use Nosler 165 grain Ballistic Tips; they work just as fine, nice and accurate, and have hard plasic tips that don't get damaged.

Started with IMR 4064 powder, went through IMR 4320 and tried a couple of others; have settled on IMR 4350 as THE powder for the grand old '06.

Used to use Federal primers, but I will not buy any more of them until they switch back to a reasonable size package. CCI Benchrest primers are pricey but they are also very uniform and very reliable.
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Old April 22, 2007, 09:20 AM   #14
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I reckon I'm another guy who's been messin' with the old '06 for a long time.

First off, I strongly recommend the Sierra manual. Its appendices have the most complete information on external ballistics of any of them.

I've not found that it makes any difference what brand of case or primer that I use. The only caveat is that US GI brass has thicker case walls and has about three grains less capacity; max loads must be a couple or three grains less than book.

My father used 150-grain Hornady Spire points and 4895, exclusively, for right at 35 years. I've mostly used the Sierra stuff, these last thirty years or so. 3031 for 110-grain bullets; 4064 for 150-, 165- and 180-grain.

I finally got off my tail a few days ago and tried some loads I'd worked up with H414 and the Sierra 180-grain SPBT. Three shots, 0.4 MOA. Serious grins. Now all I'd need would be a cooperative elk.

Almost any load I've ever tried has given five-shot groups just inside one MOA. It doesn't seem to matter who made what component.

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Old April 22, 2007, 10:20 AM   #15
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I've shot the '06 a long time too, and after many dalliances with various powders and bullets I decided to simplify my overall reloading to just one or two powders and bullets per caliber. With the .30-06 this was easy.Game where I hunt is rarely 350 pounds, so I use the Nosler 150 BTSP exclusively for game loads, and Sierra 150 Matchkings for general shooting. Both are exceptionally accurate and they shoot close enough to each other that POA/POI divergence between the loads is a non-issue. If I lived where the game was bigger, I'd have simply done the same thing with 165 Partitions and 168 Matchkings.

I use H4895 and run .2 under whatever Hodgdon's manual says is max. You should always work up carefully from the start loads, in your rifle. H4895 works so well in the other rifle rounds I reload, that I have no need of another rifle powder. Simplicity is a beautiful thing

Like Art I have found little difference between any commercial cases. I use Winchester primers exclusively so that part was easy as well.
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Old April 22, 2007, 12:23 PM   #16
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Always used IMR 4350 under a Sierra 165 Game-King. Just recently switched to H-4350, as it flows and measures so much better from my Uni-flo....
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Old April 22, 2007, 02:52 PM   #17
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59 grs. H4831 SC, Seirra's 165 gr Gameking, CCI 200 primers with Remington brass, good for 2700 fps out of my Savage 111. Undere an 1" all day long when I do my part. Never had to trail a deer solidly hit with this load as they are mostly DRT.
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Old April 22, 2007, 08:10 PM   #18
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The above posts to your thread show how many combinations can be used in one cartridge. Will any of them work in your rifle? Maybe, but most likely not.

Bob Hienline said it best in his book The Moon Is A Harsh Mistress, TANSTAAFL, there ain't no such thing as a free lunch! In other words there's no shortcuts in reloading an accurate shell for your rifle. It takes time, components and quite a bit of shooting. Also a quality rifle, good sights or a scope, good shooting form, a good solid rest, and at least 100 yds to a good target.

If you don't already have a manual, get one, read up on how to do a load work-up. Or post here, somebody will give you some guidelines.
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