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powder favorites for 30/06

Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by hk lover, Apr 3, 2009.

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  1. hk lover

    hk lover Member

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    can someone tell me what powder they use for this caliber
     
  2. The Bushmaster

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    Sure, but I seem to be the odd ball here. I use bullets that are 165 grains or heavier and H4831SC. I'm getting a spread of 1 5/8" at 200 yards and at or near factory fps from a Browning A-bolt.
     
  3. loadedround

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    W-W 760 and Hodgdon's Varget are both excellent choices for the 30-06 also. Your choice of powder depends on your bullet weight, case volume, and whether your load is for hunting or target use. I would suggest purchasing a one or two reloading manuals and reading them to help you chose the right powder. :)
     
  4. Doug b

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    I like IMR 4064 for the lighter bullets and IMR 4350 for the heavier weights.
     
  5. USSR

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    What rifle will it be used in, and how heavy a bullet?

    Don
     
  6. Ben Shepherd

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    I only run 165 or heavier in mine. Use 4350 most of the time. Works. Accurate and fast.
     
  7. wankerjake

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    IMR 4064 or 4895. 150gr bullets is what we use.
     
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    I like the Heavier Bullets. My Powder of Choice is IMR3031.
    I know it dont meter like Steel Baby Powder,BUT it works good for me.

    'Nitro
     
  9. NCsmitty

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    There's at least a dozen powders that work well in the '06 and if you read up on them in your manuals, and use the recommendations here, you'll be able to make an informed decision on a couple powders that should do the job.

    NCsmitty
     
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    4895 does fine for me with 165gr and lighter slugs.
     
  11. GregZ

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    IMR4064 and IMR4350
     
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    h4350 and varget here
     
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    I'd be cautious if you're loading 30-06 for a gas-operated "service rifle" like the M1. IMR-4064 and (IIRC IMR4198) are good choices for that, for bullets up to about 168 grains. Heavier bullets than 168 or powders with burn rates different from what the military used can cause excessive pressure in the gas system, bent op rods, and the like.
     
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    From a boltaction and 180gr bullets, RL22.
    60.0gr with Winchester brass, and Federal 210match primers.
    Gets 2,800fps and 1-hole groups. Have seen it with 3 different rifles... and 3 brands/makes of bullets. (Speer, Sierra, and Nosler). Not match rifles either... just run of the mill Remingtons, Zastava MkX, and Savage M110.

    Other wise, IMR4064, Reloader 15 for Semi-autos with 150gr bullets.
    (bolt guns too.)

    IMR4350 for 165's and heavier......in boltactions
     
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    varget for lighter projectiles 165 down

    and H4831sc for everything else
     
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    What weight bullet ?
     
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    If I'm shooting a lot at one time, 150gr bullets and probably one of the 4895 versions.

    If I'm shooting it through a Garand, 165 or 168gr bullets and 4895.

    If I'm shooting it through a bolt rifle and accuracy is important but maximum velocity is not, a 180gr SP and work up to 56gr of IMR4350.

    For hunting use where maximum velocity is important, a Nosler 180gr Partition and Norma MRP or its predecessor N205.

    CDD
     
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    I like Varget or 4064(IMR) for 150grainers anything heavier and H4350 is the one I like best
     
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    56gr of IMR 4350 under a 180gr corelokt Remington soft point.
     
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    H4895, H4350 and Varget. (the IMR powders of the same numbers work well too)
     
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    IMR 4350 (bolt action) 54.5gn, Hornady 165BTSP, Fed 210 LR and HXP brass puts the deer legs up. I don't own a chrony so can't give any specs.
    Any in the know on velocity?
     
  23. Dark Skies

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    I use H4895 with all my .30 calibres, Works well with .223 too. I find it's a good all rounder. I tend to find a powder I'm happy with and stick with it rather than have lots of tubs of different types.
     
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    Dark Skies, I'm with you I chose IMR-4895 and I use it for 30-06, 308, 30-30, .223. The myriad of different powders blew my mind to start with, so I got my Speer book and went to searching for a powder that showed up in each caliber. I know it may not be the optimum powder for a particular caliber, but the deer I shoot don't seem to complain, or at least not for long. LOL
     
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    Varget, because it delivers fairly uniform performance across a wide temperature range. (However, I'm only using it for 150 gr in .30-06)
     
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