powder favorites for 30/06


hk lover
April 3, 2009, 08:24 AM
can someone tell me what powder they use for this caliber

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The Bushmaster
April 3, 2009, 09:21 AM
Sure, but I seem to be the odd ball here. I use bullets that are 165 grains or heavier and H4831SC. I'm getting a spread of 1 5/8" at 200 yards and at or near factory fps from a Browning A-bolt.

April 3, 2009, 09:35 AM
W-W 760 and Hodgdon's Varget are both excellent choices for the 30-06 also. Your choice of powder depends on your bullet weight, case volume, and whether your load is for hunting or target use. I would suggest purchasing a one or two reloading manuals and reading them to help you chose the right powder. :)

Doug b
April 3, 2009, 12:01 PM
I like IMR 4064 for the lighter bullets and IMR 4350 for the heavier weights.

April 3, 2009, 12:04 PM
can someone tell me what powder they use for this caliber

What rifle will it be used in, and how heavy a bullet?


Ben Shepherd
April 3, 2009, 12:04 PM
I only run 165 or heavier in mine. Use 4350 most of the time. Works. Accurate and fast.

April 3, 2009, 12:16 PM
IMR 4064 or 4895. 150gr bullets is what we use.

April 3, 2009, 12:23 PM
I like the Heavier Bullets. My Powder of Choice is IMR3031.
I know it dont meter like Steel Baby Powder,BUT it works good for me.


April 3, 2009, 12:23 PM
There's at least a dozen powders that work well in the '06 and if you read up on them in your manuals, and use the recommendations here, you'll be able to make an informed decision on a couple powders that should do the job.


Marlin 45 carbine
April 3, 2009, 12:44 PM
4895 does fine for me with 165gr and lighter slugs.

April 3, 2009, 02:00 PM
IMR4064 and IMR4350

April 3, 2009, 02:44 PM
h4350 and varget here

April 3, 2009, 03:25 PM
I'd be cautious if you're loading 30-06 for a gas-operated "service rifle" like the M1. IMR-4064 and (IIRC IMR4198) are good choices for that, for bullets up to about 168 grains. Heavier bullets than 168 or powders with burn rates different from what the military used can cause excessive pressure in the gas system, bent op rods, and the like.

April 3, 2009, 04:45 PM
From a boltaction and 180gr bullets, RL22.
60.0gr with Winchester brass, and Federal 210match primers.
Gets 2,800fps and 1-hole groups. Have seen it with 3 different rifles... and 3 brands/makes of bullets. (Speer, Sierra, and Nosler). Not match rifles either... just run of the mill Remingtons, Zastava MkX, and Savage M110.

Other wise, IMR4064, Reloader 15 for Semi-autos with 150gr bullets.
(bolt guns too.)

IMR4350 for 165's and heavier......in boltactions

April 3, 2009, 05:17 PM
varget for lighter projectiles 165 down

and H4831sc for everything else

April 3, 2009, 05:30 PM
can someone tell me what powder they use for this caliber
What weight bullet ?

April 3, 2009, 06:00 PM
If I'm shooting a lot at one time, 150gr bullets and probably one of the 4895 versions.

If I'm shooting it through a Garand, 165 or 168gr bullets and 4895.

If I'm shooting it through a bolt rifle and accuracy is important but maximum velocity is not, a 180gr SP and work up to 56gr of IMR4350.

For hunting use where maximum velocity is important, a Nosler 180gr Partition and Norma MRP or its predecessor N205.


April 4, 2009, 12:10 AM
I like Varget or 4064(IMR) for 150grainers anything heavier and H4350 is the one I like best

April 4, 2009, 01:56 AM
56gr of IMR 4350 under a 180gr corelokt Remington soft point.

April 4, 2009, 03:02 AM
H4895, H4350 and Varget. (the IMR powders of the same numbers work well too)

April 4, 2009, 04:00 AM

April 4, 2009, 07:40 AM
IMR 4350 (bolt action) 54.5gn, Hornady 165BTSP, Fed 210 LR and HXP brass puts the deer legs up. I don't own a chrony so can't give any specs.
Any in the know on velocity?

Dark Skies
April 4, 2009, 08:22 AM
I use H4895 with all my .30 calibres, Works well with .223 too. I find it's a good all rounder. I tend to find a powder I'm happy with and stick with it rather than have lots of tubs of different types.

April 4, 2009, 08:39 AM
Dark Skies, I'm with you I chose IMR-4895 and I use it for 30-06, 308, 30-30, .223. The myriad of different powders blew my mind to start with, so I got my Speer book and went to searching for a powder that showed up in each caliber. I know it may not be the optimum powder for a particular caliber, but the deer I shoot don't seem to complain, or at least not for long. LOL

April 4, 2009, 02:48 PM
Varget, because it delivers fairly uniform performance across a wide temperature range. (However, I'm only using it for 150 gr in .30-06)

April 4, 2009, 08:29 PM
I really like H4895 and H4350. I load for 30-06 and 7.62x54R and they are both nice, clean, consistent powders.

I'll say the same as the folks above. When loading 150's I get the best results with 4895, and I've loaded out to 215's and get the best results with 4350.

April 5, 2009, 06:21 AM
I use IMR 4064 behind a 180grain Remington Core-Lokt in the .30-'06 in a couple of vintage Model 70's with great results.
My buddy shoots strictly my reloads in a Ruger Mod77 and takes at least three deer annually.
I also like 4064 in the .270 Win. and in the .25-'06.

April 5, 2009, 08:46 AM
I haven't loaded anything for my 30-06 since the mid 1980's. I used to use a lot of IMR-4350 with good results. Wanting to start loading for it again I was researching powders and decided on Reloder 15.

Does anyone else use this? What were your results? I haven't opened the bottle yet so I'm just wondering what others experiences have been. Seems the IMR's are the favorite here.

All the Best,
D. White

April 5, 2009, 02:14 PM
(Reloder 15) Does anyone else use this? What were your results?

I usually use 165 and heavier in my 30/06 with w760 or IMR 4350, but I loaded some 125 gr. Speer TNTs for coyotes with Reloder 15 and IMR 4064; they both shot great. I use alot of Reloder 15 and IMR 4064 with 55 gr. 22-250 loads. It seems like where IMR 4064 works, Reloder 15 works.

April 13, 2009, 02:36 AM
varget is good had extreme luck with 4350 in my older 30/06's but newer savage is tack driving with varget 150gr spit bts

April 13, 2009, 03:42 PM
i all soo use hodgdon extreme powder H4831sc.It shoots hornady 168g mach very well.I use 58g of the stuff fills the case up.

April 13, 2009, 08:57 PM
for 150 grain bullets I use 49 grains or 4895. Havent been able to find it lately so I have been using 3031

April 13, 2009, 09:17 PM
H4350 and Varget.

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