June 3, 2011, 02:46 PM
308 TLC311-165RF Lubed and Gas Checked
Any thoughts about shooting these with my .30-06?
They have gas checks installed so they should take the pressure.
They are plenty cheap. I might have to order some just to try them.
Locating load data is proving problematic...
June 3, 2011, 02:49 PM
If you ever intend to shoot lead bullets in any caliber?
You need to buy a Lyman #49 reloading manual.
They list 7 different cast bullets in 30-06, using as many as 10 different powders with each one.
Just pick the weight & bullet shape closest to your bullet and work up a load that does what you want it too.
June 3, 2011, 03:04 PM
Those Ranch Dog bullets look real good, and if their .309" sizing and Lee Liquid ALOX lube works for your gun, you are all set when you find data. I have used a very similar Lee bullet in my 06 and 30/30 for almost 30 years, and load them from from about 1000 to 2000 fps + with great results. Even use them a lot w/o gas checks for plinker loads, and they do just fine.
I'd be happy to Private Message you some published data I have from Hercules and Lyman to get you started, and see how it matches up to any propellants you might have/want to get, and your desired velocity. Let me know please.
June 4, 2011, 07:52 AM
Yes there is a bunch of data out there if you know where to look. I use lead bullets in my 3006 a lot and almost exclusively in my 30-30, 45-70, 500 S&W, and all my handguns. Look at castboolits.gunloads.com for some good info as well as the Lyman reloading manual. I found an older Ideal Cast Bullet manual and it was a great source of info for obscure/discontinued loads. Think 33 WIN. Also the newer Trail Boss propellant is specially made for cast bullets and they give a procedure of how to figure out how to find your own data for using it for any round. Can't beat that.:)
June 4, 2011, 04:17 PM
Also take a peek at Lyman #3 or #4 cast bullet manual. Plenty of cast bullet data to be had!
June 4, 2011, 07:00 PM
Thanks for the replies. Looks like I'll have to get a Lyman manual.
June 4, 2011, 11:33 PM
"...should take the pressure..." Gas checked cast bullets don't run at the same pressures as jacketed bullets.
There's some 165 grain cast bullet data here. http://www.reloadammo.com/3006load.htm
June 5, 2011, 12:55 AM
Take a jaunt over to www.castboolits.gunloads.com to satisfy all your casting curiosity.
June 5, 2011, 03:46 AM
You could aways call Beartooth Bullets, 1-888-423-2786, and see what data they'd give you. They make ALL sorts of lead bullets and he's very knowledgeable. Just an option.
June 6, 2011, 12:33 AM
I see no reason why you couldn't use those bullets in a 30-06.