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Can .30 carbine bullets be used in 30-06?

Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by chbrow10, Dec 1, 2010.

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  1. chbrow10

    chbrow10 Member

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    I have noticed that .30 carbine diameter cast bullets (110 gr) are advertised as .308-.309 inches. Can these be shot in a 30-06 rifle?
     
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    Yes.
    But only at reduced velocity.
    Unless they are gas check, plan on keeping them under 1,800 FPS or so.

    You would have better success with .309" cast bullets in a .308 barrel though.

    rc
     
  3. rondog

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    Yeah, they'll fit in a .30-06 case and go through the barrel, but there's many much better suited bullets out there for the .30-06. No reason to even try, IMO.
     
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    I've used 110 gr RN bullets (made for carbine) as a plinking load for my 30-06 many years ago. They worked fine then and work fine today.
     
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    Cast 110 gr. bullets work very well with 2.7gr. of Bullseye in the 30-06. No noise, no recoil, and very accurate. I have been using these since the 70's.
     
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    Don't tell your -06 you're feeding it 110 gr. bullets and it'll never know.
     
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    At 2.7 gr I hope you have a cleaning rod handy to beat the bullets out of the barrel.
     
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    I've used 4gr of Clays with a Lee 113gr RNFP cast lead(in 308win), until one stuck in the barrel (I was shooting downward from a ridge tho).
    6gr worked better but wasn't as quiet.

    And 11gr of Trailboss gives me good accuracy(around half inch at 50yds) with a Lee 160gr CTL-2R .312", 15gr TB is about max for a 308win case(30-06 will fit a little more).

    If your loading with rifle powders you'll need gaschecks, even with most of the reduced loads.
     
  9. chbrow10

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    This will be for a reduced charge plinking load for my 10 year old son, who has recently taken an interest in centerfire rifle shooting.

    Thanks for the advice folks.
     
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