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?
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September 19, 2005, 12:10 PM
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.
September 19, 2005, 04:04 PM
September 19, 2005, 05:18 PM
Just to be clear, we are talking about .30-06, not .308.
September 19, 2005, 07:04 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.
September 19, 2005, 09:12 PM
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)