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Old April 19, 2013, 03:08 PM   #1
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Loads for 30-06 using Speer Target Match 168gr and IMR4198/3031/4350?

Hey guys so im getting ready to make some loads in 30-06 using some powder that was given to me (1 lb each of IMR 4198/3031/4350) and I acquired some Speer Target Match 168grain BTHP. I just wanted to see if anyone has any decent target loads for any of these powders with this bullet? If you can, please include COL as well so I know that the seating is correct with I caliper it. Thanks so much! Im shooting a Remington Bolt gun using once fired federal brass and winchester large rifle primers.
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Old April 19, 2013, 03:25 PM   #2
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Consult the Speer manual, and mail the 4350 to me.
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Old April 19, 2013, 03:39 PM   #3
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3031's the best of those for best accuracy.

4350's the best for highest muzzle velocity

4198's the best for reduced loads.

Consult reliable reloading data for charge weights.
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Old April 20, 2013, 09:44 AM   #4
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Fifty five grains of IMR/AA or H4350 with a 168 or 175 is an excellent target load in a 30-06 bolt gun. I have shot ammunition cans of the stuff out to 600 yards and shot HM scores with that load. The differences between brands of 4350 is slight, if you were developing a maximum load then you would have to pay attention to the lot to lot differences, but at this load level, pushing a bullet just at 2700 fps, that is probably below 50,000 psia with every brand of 4350.

For future reference, if you ever plan to shoot this in a Garand, this powder is not appropriate for use in a Garand. Port pressures would be too high. IMR 3031 has an appropriate curve for a gas gun it will also shoot very well in the 30-06 with a 168.

M70 26" Douglas Barrel

168 gr Sierra 2nds 55.0 H4350 RA54 Fed210M

27 July 97 T = 88F

Ave Vel = 2678
Std Dev = 36
ES = 78
Low = 2635
High = 2713
N = 7

M98 26" 1-10 Wilson Barrel

175 gr Sierra 55.0grs AA4350 wtd. FED 210M W/W cases OAL 3.30"

5 Oct 2000 T=70° F

Ave Vel = 2710
Std Dev = 18
ES = 43
Low = 2679
High = 2722
N = 5
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