Reloader 22


May 9, 2013, 06:52 PM
hello I have found a pound of reloader 22.Im just curious is it worth picking up for use in a 30-06

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May 9, 2013, 07:26 PM
That's definitely on the slow end, even for an '06. Will work well if you're shooting 200 gr bullets, and MAYBE some 180's, but you'll run out of space before you can get a good top end load with that powder in anything short of about 200 gr. in a bullet.

May 9, 2013, 08:29 PM
It's pretty slow, allright, but I have good success with RL22 in 25-06.

I have good to excellent success (depending on the bullet) in 30-06 using RL19.

May 9, 2013, 08:41 PM
Sure, the 25'06 is an excellent example: more overbore than the '06, smaller bore with comparable bullet weights will NEED a slower powder, and RL22 would be right up there as an ideal powder. That's why RL 17 or 19 are just about ideal for bullets in the 150 - 180 gr. class in the '06.

May 9, 2013, 08:49 PM
Works good in 270 as well. There is plenty of data for 165 and 180 it looks pretty good. I have shot alot of powders through my 24" TC Icon and it likes N135 with 150's accuracy deteriorates at high temps been expierimenting with 165 grain NAB accuracy is more than acceptable for hunting but not what I was looking for. Is your riflr a 1 in 10 or 1in 12 twist?

Good Luck and let us know how it shoots.

May 9, 2013, 09:15 PM
RL22 is THE powder for heavy bullet loads in the .30-06. About 12 years ago myself and another guy on the internet both developed 1,000 yard loads using this powder and the Sierra 190gr MatchKing bullet. We were both able with 26" Krieger barrels to duplicate the velocity of the .300WM Federal Gold Medal Match load (2900fps) with excellent accuracy while remaining within the SAAMI specs of 60k psi. Great powder.


May 9, 2013, 09:27 PM
RL22 is one of the BEST powders to load full power .30/06 ammo with 180 grain bullets - it's the closest thing you can get today to my old favorite, the long-discontinued Norma 205.

With a 180 grain Nosler Partition or Ballistic Tip, 61.0 grains with Winchester brass and primer will deliver ~2725 ft/sec out of my old M70; this isn't impressive until you consider that factory 180s seldom break 2500 in that rifle. ("Slow" 22" factory barrel.) Accuracy with the BTs is about 0.75 MOA for five shots.

May 9, 2013, 09:36 PM
Good to know... I stopped with 165gr bullets in the '06; just sort of a self imposed stipulation for whitetails in that area. H414 & H4350 were my go-to powders for that weight, and on the slow end. Gave the best accuracy & velocity I could hope for out of a 22" barrel.

May 9, 2013, 10:04 PM
Yep RL22 works great with 180gr and up, there is even a hella fast 165gr load using RL22 63gr with a 165gr BT listed at a sizzling 3002fps per Nosler. I tried it in mine but a compressed load of a super slow burning powder makes for a fierce muzzle blast in my 22" tube, but no pressure signs. That is to my knowledge the fastest published 165gr 30-06 load anywhere, oh and you cannot overcharge it because 63gr comes to the edge of the rim, you have to pack it down with the bullet, that is a 114% compressed load.

Hondo 60
May 10, 2013, 12:52 AM
This is from the 2013 catalog

May 10, 2013, 02:00 AM
I never had a chance to glance at the tables before I posted my 1st reply, but I believe what I said is very much vindicated by the above table, with regard to '06 bullet weights, the powders in this class, and the respective velocities.

May 10, 2013, 04:20 AM
RL22 has been an excellent powder in every cartridge I use it in, including the 30-06. It is a very slow burning powder in 30-06, and is very easy to work with in most bottle necks it is published for. For the 30-06, it will get you to near maximum obtainable velocities without having to deal with any sudden pressure spikes while working up. RL19 will get you a few more FPS because it is slightly faster burning, thus allowing you to stuff more in the case, but RL22 is pretty much self limiting in terms of locating the maximum charge, cause you simply can't get enough in the case to create any serious issues with pressures.

I don't ever use 200 gr. bullets for 30-06, but RL22 will definitely shine for a heavy bullet like that. I generally load 150 gr. to 165 gr. bullets in the 30-06 and RL22 will really push them fast, and delivers great accuracy too. I don't recall which primers the 30-06 uses with that powder, but I generally go with magnum primers when I'm using that powder, cause it needs hotter ignition to get it to light up properly. And it performs best at the high end of the load table too. I always end up at maximum, or slightly higher when using it for cartridges such as the 30-06, .270 win, .243 win, and 6mm Rem. But I'm by no means advocating you or anyone else start at charges at the upper end of the load tables, as always, follow a sensible and safe work up process.

My #1 powder for 30-06 is in fact RL22, and then #2 would be RL19, IMR-4350, and H1000 in that order.


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