Winchester .30 Cal 147 Gr. FMJ loads?


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196scoutmaster
December 17, 2009, 04:54 PM
I've looked at Winchester's .30 Cal (.308) 147 gr FMJBT on a few sites that sell them (Midway USA for one). The guys who shoot them love them and they're reasonably priced. But I can't find load data for this specific bullet. I've been to Winchester's site - nothing there I saw. I followed a link to Hodgon (as they make Winchester's powder now) but could only find load data on 150gr bullets - no specific data on this bullet. Here's what I'm looking for:

Bullet: Winchester 147 gr FMJBT
Caliber: .30-06 (.308)
Rifle: M1 Garand
Powder: H4895
Powder load: ????

I know what the powder loads are for 150gr based on the various reloading books/data I have (Lee, Lyman, Hodgon). Can I use the "starting" 150gr load data - believing that with a 147gr bullet I'd be just just a hair above minimum? I haven't bought these yet but I'd like to. But I won't without having some reliable data or reliable experience from the crowd here on THR. I love my Garand and don't want to do it any harm.

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rcmodel
December 17, 2009, 05:03 PM
A 147 is for all practical purposes, a 150 if it has the same bullet shape as the 150.

But a 147-150 FMJ-BT may not have the same bore friction as a 150 grain RN for instance.

Hornady #6 manual shows it's 150 - 155 grain bullets in the Garand chapter, including the FMJ-BT, as using 43.2 Start - 46.4 MAX grains of H-4895.

The Winchester 147 FMJ-BT is, for all practical purposes, exactly the same bullet as the 150 FMJ-BT Hornady.

rc

196scoutmaster
December 18, 2009, 09:35 AM
Thanks RC. I'll look at picking up the Hornaday manual for my library.

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