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Lead bullets for .30-06?

Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by Ultravox, Jun 3, 2011.

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  1. Ultravox

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    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.

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  3. Galil5.56

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    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.
     
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    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.:)
     
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    Also take a peek at Lyman #3 or #4 cast bullet manual. Plenty of cast bullet data to be had!
     
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    Thanks for the replies. Looks like I'll have to get a Lyman manual.
     
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    "...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
     
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    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.
     
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    I see no reason why you couldn't use those bullets in a 30-06.
     
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