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.30 Cal M2 AP bullets

Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by Skyshot, Mar 31, 2011.

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  1. Skyshot

    Skyshot Member

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    I have a bunch of 30-06 M2 AP (black tip) rounds. I was thinking of pulling a few to load in my .308 win. I think these are 168 gr bullets, someone can correct me on that, has anyone loaded any of these in a 308 and what recipe did you use. I was thinking of starting with some varget or BLC-2. Just wanted to see if they had decent accuarcy in a 1:10 twist 22" barrel. And yes I have an 06 also, But they are not to accurate in that rifle.
     
  2. hancjamk

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    I have some old M72 30 cal. Says bullet 173 grains on box.
     
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    I think they are actually 150 Gr.
     
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    not 150 gr m2ball is the ap are heavier and were often favored by snipers
     
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    Skyshot,

    I think if you weigh them, you will find that they are in the neighborhood of 163 - 165 grain. Because of their tungsten core, they have more bearing surface than a lead core bullet of the same weight. If I were using Varget and loading them in milsurp brass, I would not go above 42.0 grains. If using .308 brass with a greater case capacity, then you could probably load up to 43.0 grains. Just MHO, and YMMV.

    Don
     
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    I found this site and it looks to confirm your info USSR. I was thinking of a starting load of around 41 or 42 grns of varget but not sure if that is a good powder for that bullet type,as you say it does have a large bearing surface. Maybe IMR 4895 would be a better choice. Any way, here is the info if interested. http://www.inetres.com/gp/military/infantry/rifle/30_ammo.html
     
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    162-163 gr. I loaded mine using the data for 168 SMK's. I'd have to look to see what charge I used, but I think it's 42gr of Varget.

    John
     
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