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Starting Loads using Pulled Down Surplus 4895

Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by GerryG, Sep 19, 2005.

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  1. GerryG

    GerryG Member

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    I have two jugs of Surplus Pulled Down 4895 I plan on using to reload 147/150gr. fmj surplus bullets, mil. brass for my 308 M1 Garand and M1a and 06 Garand. Mostly for plinking.
    What are you guys using for a starting load? I hear 46-47 Surplus are good final loads but what do you start with?

    Gerry
     
  2. USSR

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    Gerry,

    With the light bullets, I would consider 46-47gr of 4895 pulldown powder to be on the light side. I would start at 46gr and work my way up from there.

    Don
     
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    Thanks Don.

    Gerry
     
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    Gerry,

    Just to be clear, we are talking about .30-06, not .308.

    Don
     
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    I have long loaded 46 grains of that very same powder for my Garands, and I'm pretty happy with it. I can't see using 48 grains, it's a waste of powder, it's harder on the brass, the rifle, and my shoulder. You will get more reloads out of your brass with 46 grains too.

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    .30-06 cartridge
    M2 .30cal 152gr FMJ pull down surplus bullets
    IMR4895 pull down surplus powder
    LC67 twice fired, FL sized
    Winchester LR primer

    Test rifle: M1 Garand, HRA receiver, LMR barrel (CMP service grade)

    46.0gr: 2587.57 fps avg
    46.5gr: 2624.60 fps avg
    47.0gr: 2667.67 fps avg
    47.5gr: 2683.00 fps avg
     
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    Don,
    Both, I have a 308 Garand and 06 Garand.
     
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    Gerry,

    With the .308 Garand, start with 41.0 grains of 4895 and work up from there. There should be a good load somewhere about 42.0 grains.

    Don
     
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    Being unencumbered by the urge to do extra work, I use the same powder charge wherever possible.

    For the M1, I use 45.5grs IMR4895/surplus case/WLR/any bullet 125-173grs (on the mild side)

    For the M1A I use 41.5gr IMR4895/surplus case/WLR/any bullet 125-168grs (based on the tried and true 168 match load which gives the nominal 2550-2650FPS).

    Ty
     
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