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Have a new 06 coming in, what powders are getting you sub?

Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by blackops, May 29, 2010.

  1. blackops

    blackops Well-Known Member

    Alright fellas September is coming and I have a new rifle and round for hunting season I have no experience with. I've always been a 270 guy, but the 06 can just do everything the 270 can and more, plus with larger bullets. So I bought a 30-06 SPS (24 brl 1-10 twist) and I'm putting it in a B&C stock. I'm having my smith glass, pillar, and true the action so it should be a shooter.

    My question is what powders are you using for the 30-06? I'm going with 168gr bullets. Probably start with Nosler E-Tips or Hornady GMX's. The issue obviously I have to use full copper (yeah let's not talk about it). I want these bullets smoking out of my barrel, so slow burning powders obviously are what I'm looking for. Anyways if you could share your powders and charges it would be greatly appreciated.
  2. RugerBob

    RugerBob Well-Known Member

    I use IMR-4350 but use a 190gr HPBT. Max load shows to be 53.1 grs. I settled on 52grs for my best load. Refer to manual as 'not gonna be responsible yada yada'. Good luck ad be safe. Bob
  3. Rokman

    Rokman Well-Known Member

    I use H or IMR 4350, but also RL19 has given me some quality loads.
  4. RugerBob

    RugerBob Well-Known Member

    You may get better luck reposting this in the handloading section.
  5. westerngrizzly

    westerngrizzly Active Member

    IMR 4895. Varget.
    Personaly I would avoid the 168 grn sierra. It shoots great out to about 300 yards but past that... well it doesnt. I would opt for the 155 sierra, berger, or jlk. Or the 175.
  6. ants

    ants Well-Known Member

    Using Nosler bullets?

    Go to the Nosler web site and click Reloading Data down at the very bottom of the page. The right button is only down at the very bottom.
    Find the tab for 30 caliber.
    Scroll down the left side for 30-06.
    Click your bullet weight. The Nosler accuracy load is generally THE accuracy load for their bullets. Especially .30-06 24" 1/10 barrel.

    I'll bet the Nosler accuracy load is equally accurate with the Hornady solid copper. Or Barnes. People who haven't shot a premium solid copper bullet don't realize how consistent they are.

    And you might give a telephone call to Nosler (or Hornady) and ask for a bullet tech. Talk to him/her about it. These people are top notch, and tell you interesting stuff about solid copper bullets.

    Good luck hunting. Sounds like you can use your rifle for competition, between hunting seasons.
  7. ArchAngelCD

    ArchAngelCD Well-Known Member

    I use nothing but 4350 with 165gr or heavier bullets in a bolt action 06. (mostly H4350)
  8. kestak

    kestak Well-Known Member


    I am using Ramshot Big Game. It is the cheapest and works great in any temperature. In fact, I use only Ramshot TAC in my 223 reloads since a little while because I want to restraint the number of different powder in my cabinets.

    Thank you
  9. BsChoy

    BsChoy Well-Known Member

    H4350 is right around MOA for my M700
  10. R.W.Dale

    R.W.Dale Well-Known Member


  11. sonier

    sonier Well-Known Member

    I love varget next fav powder is 4320 but varget tops the cake
  12. westerngrizzly

    westerngrizzly Active Member

    the 30-06 is one of the most user friendly rounds ever made. Just pick a powder and be done with it. it will work about 95 percent of the time
  13. Oceans

    Oceans Well-Known Member

    Its going to be very hard to beat IMR4350 in the accuracy dept. for the 165-168 grain bullet weight class in the '06 for a bolt action. I use IMR 4895 for those weights, its a little more economical, as I load about 46 grains of powder vs 54-55 in the 4350. The 4895 will give me 3 shots under an inch at 100 yards out of my Remington 700s in the '06. That's all Ill ever need out of a hunting rifle. Now of-course this is very old school, but it works for me.
  14. Kernel

    Kernel Well-Known Member

    With 168 grain bullets ideal powders are in the speed range of H414 and V-V N150. To the slightly slower side, 4350 and RL17. Varget and 4895 are great powders, but WAY fast, in this application.
  15. GooseGestapo

    GooseGestapo Well-Known Member

    Based on your criteria, just get some IMR4350 and be done.

    Varget (not one of my favorites), IMR4064, and RL15 (my favorite for 150gr and lighter in '06) and not to forget good old H4895 are good powders but are best for the semi-auto Garand actions. They don't produce the velocities that the 4350's will, and with your bolt-action, you'll be short changing yourself.

    Brass can vary significantly, so use all same headstamp cases. The best I've ever seen in the '06 were Norma cases from the late '70's. Still have a few, and will pull them out and load them with a 150gr Sierra "Pro-hunter" PtSpt and 59.0gr of IMR4350 occasionally to see if the latest '06 I'm playing with is capable of 1-hole groups @ 100yds. Yep, it and 52.0gr of IMR4064 or 53.0gr of RL15 are that good with an ACCURATE rifle.

    Another favorite bullet and load is the 165gr BtHp Sierra "hunting" bullet- not the GameKing BtSpt. The hollow point is larger than that on the MatchKing, and dosen't deform in the magazine like the Spt will. 56.5gr has always been the sweet spot for me with IMR4350. Gets just under 2,800fps from most 24"bbls. Also use Federal #210 primers, or Winchester LR if Federals aren't available.

    Remember that the E-tips are'nt grooved like the Hornady and Barnes monolithics and will likely produce greater pressures and require lighter powder charges. I'd personally go with the Hornady as it costs much less than the Barnes or Noslers......

    But then, mostly I shoot cast bullets over 20-26.0gr of #2400 from my '06's. Not limited to "green" bullets where I'm at.
  16. leftymachinist

    leftymachinist Active Member

    For my '06 (Savage 110 DL left hand), I am still using the remains of IMR 4350 8 lb keg that my daddy picked when I was a youngin. Use it under any 180 grain bullets & it gets the job done.

    SAUMHUNTER79 Active Member

    Buy a canister of IMR 4350 and don't look back.
  18. Randy1911

    Randy1911 Well-Known Member

    For the 150 gr. bullets I use Varget. For my 165 gr. loads I use IMR 4350. I haven't tried any others yet, but I just started loading for the '06 a few weeks ago.

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