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#6043586 - 11/22/15 03:36 PM Data for Rem Woodsmaster 30-06?
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Light Foot

Registered: 06/02/12
Posts: 34
Loc: Big D
Most my 30-06 shooting has been done with bolt action. I picked up a used Semi-auto and want to load up using the 150g SP I already have. None of my data specifies use in SA. I have info for my Garand that takes into account the pressure range needed to operate without twisting up the op rod.

Any hints on loads?

Is the Woodsmaster a delicate flower or can I just use a recipe from Lyman or Hodgdon without any concern?
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#6043596 - 11/22/15 03:40 PM Re: Data for Rem Woodsmaster 30-06? [Re: Simmer down]
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Registered: 01/02/10
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Loc: Plano, Texas
I use my Grandpa's Woodsmaster that he bought new in the 50s. He used Corelokt 150gr, and that's what I use as well. I tried some others, but the best grouping I could get was with the Corelokt.

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#6043765 - 11/22/15 05:05 PM Re: Data for Rem Woodsmaster 30-06? [Re: Simmer down]
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Registered: 03/10/09
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Loc: Bridgeport, Tx
Same here. Only thing I ever shot in my Woodsmaster was Corelokts.
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#6043877 - 11/22/15 05:58 PM Re: Data for Rem Woodsmaster 30-06? [Re: Simmer down]
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I don't see any reason to differ from book loads.
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#6043905 - 11/22/15 06:17 PM Re: Data for Rem Woodsmaster 30-06? [Re: Tactical Cowboy]
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Light Foot

Registered: 06/02/12
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Originally Posted By: Tactical Cowboy
I don't see any reason to differ from book loads.
That's where I intended to start but I didn't know if there were any ideal pressure ranges for a SA that might affect my powder choice (other than is it a powder sitting in my garage already.)
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#6044694 - 11/23/15 07:59 AM Re: Data for Rem Woodsmaster 30-06? [Re: Simmer down]
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Registered: 10/21/07
Posts: 409
Loc: Central Texas
I'd use AA2460 powder.
30/06 - 46.5 gr. with Hornady Soft Points

Any semi-auto that operates with a op-rod and spring needs the correct ignition and burn to snap it back quickly. Faster burning powders are best. Slower burning powders develop pressure over a longer period of time and thus cause damage. In MOST cases, standard factory offerings should be OK, as they're designed to shoot in just about any gun. You'd have a better all around load by reloading your own and finding the actual load that your rilfe likes best.

* This load is safe in my M1 and M70 and shoots MOA or better. Work up all loads accordingly.

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#6044780 - 11/23/15 08:40 AM Re: Data for Rem Woodsmaster 30-06? [Re: Simmer down]
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Light Foot

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I'm asking for reloading data here. I'll give the AA2460 a try. I don't know how mushy the spring is in this rifle yet so there's another mystery.

With handguns I like to order new springs from Wolff for recoil and mag then start my data search. A soggy spring will give you fits when you try to match a load.
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#6047253 - 11/24/15 10:37 AM Re: Data for Rem Woodsmaster 30-06? [Re: Simmer down]
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Registered: 05/14/07
Posts: 472
Loc: Arlington
I have two Rem 742's and load 58.0 gr IMR 4350 with 150 gr bullets. Not a real heavy load. I don't believe that action can take much abuse.

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#6047667 - 11/24/15 02:08 PM Re: Data for Rem Woodsmaster 30-06? [Re: Simmer down]
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With their track record, that's a good bet. I had a really good one and wish I hadn't sold it but I've seen several that wouldn't cycle.
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#6052063 - 11/26/15 08:13 PM Re: Data for Rem Woodsmaster 30-06? [Re: Simmer down]
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Registered: 09/30/09
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when i loaded for a 30/06 742 i used
W748 and then AA2520. standard loads
no hotrod as for bolt guns. i'd think
you'd do better trying to get close to
a factory load. a smith told me some years
back to not run a 742 too hot.that's what
causes problems with them he said. close
to 2500-2700 fps if i could he said.
there is some truth in that. you don't
need 3000 fps to kill a deer with a 30/06.
keep the gunk out and feed it mid range
loads and it should outlast you. the
7400 i have now was filthy when i got
it and after i cleaned all the soot out
of it, it shot and cycled just fine.
good luck

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#6053320 - 11/27/15 05:04 PM Re: Data for Rem Woodsmaster 30-06? [Re: Simmer down]
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Light Foot

Registered: 06/02/12
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Loc: Big D
I keep running into info related to cleanliness just to be sure it cycles so I started breaking the gun down for a complete scrubbing. The barrel nut is soaking in kroil. I'll clean and polish before I get to the range just to rule out gun issues.

Thanks for the tips on avoiding max loads.
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#6058548 - 11/30/15 03:16 PM Re: Data for Rem Woodsmaster 30-06? [Re: Simmer down]
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jmho
i wouldn't take the barrel aloose from the
action. if i remember right, they're installed
a certain way and torqued to spec.
it can be cleaned adequately with the barrel
in place. you'll probably want to get one
of those chamber brushes from brownell's with
the t-handle and it's made of cable just for
the purpose of cleaning remingtons and bar's
and such

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#6061915 - 12/01/15 10:54 PM Re: Data for Rem Woodsmaster 30-06? [Re: Simmer down]
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Light Foot

Registered: 06/02/12
Posts: 34
Loc: Big D
I gave up on trying to get the nut loose. Still waiting on free time to run to the range. Working cuts into my day.
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