Starting Loads using Pulled Down Surplus 4895


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GerryG
September 19, 2005, 09:28 AM
I have two jugs of Surplus Pulled Down 4895 I plan on using to reload 147/150gr. fmj surplus bullets, mil. brass for my 308 M1 Garand and M1a and 06 Garand. Mostly for plinking.
What are you guys using for a starting load? I hear 46-47 Surplus are good final loads but what do you start with?

Gerry

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USSR
September 19, 2005, 11:10 AM
Gerry,

With the light bullets, I would consider 46-47gr of 4895 pulldown powder to be on the light side. I would start at 46gr and work my way up from there.

Don

GerryG
September 19, 2005, 03:04 PM
Thanks Don.

Gerry

USSR
September 19, 2005, 04:18 PM
Gerry,

Just to be clear, we are talking about .30-06, not .308.

Don

Amy
September 19, 2005, 06:04 PM
I have long loaded 46 grains of that very same powder for my Garands, and I'm pretty happy with it. I can't see using 48 grains, it's a waste of powder, it's harder on the brass, the rifle, and my shoulder. You will get more reloads out of your brass with 46 grains too.

Amy

ocabj
September 19, 2005, 08:12 PM
.30-06 cartridge
M2 .30cal 152gr FMJ pull down surplus bullets
IMR4895 pull down surplus powder
LC67 twice fired, FL sized
Winchester LR primer

Test rifle: M1 Garand, HRA receiver, LMR barrel (CMP service grade)

46.0gr: 2587.57 fps avg
46.5gr: 2624.60 fps avg
47.0gr: 2667.67 fps avg
47.5gr: 2683.00 fps avg

GerryG
September 20, 2005, 06:31 AM
Don,
Both, I have a 308 Garand and 06 Garand.

USSR
September 20, 2005, 07:59 AM
Gerry,

With the .308 Garand, start with 41.0 grains of 4895 and work up from there. There should be a good load somewhere about 42.0 grains.

Don

30Cal
September 20, 2005, 03:56 PM
Being unencumbered by the urge to do extra work, I use the same powder charge wherever possible.

For the M1, I use 45.5grs IMR4895/surplus case/WLR/any bullet 125-173grs (on the mild side)

For the M1A I use 41.5gr IMR4895/surplus case/WLR/any bullet 125-168grs (based on the tried and true 168 match load which gives the nominal 2550-2650FPS).

Ty

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