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#6908653 - 10/04/17 11:25 AM Favorite 30.06 load?
oaktreeplanter Offline
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Registered: 12/29/12
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Loc: Spanish Fort
Even though I have several reloading manuals and access to internet data I was wondering what is your favorite 30.06 load. Experience of individuals is often worth much more than numbers on paper.
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#6909111 - 10/04/17 06:29 PM Re: Favorite 30.06 load? [Re: oaktreeplanter]
JJH Offline
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165gr bullet(almost any of them) and IMR4350

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#6909133 - 10/04/17 06:59 PM Re: Favorite 30.06 load? [Re: oaktreeplanter]
chalet Offline
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I loaded some 165gr HPBT's a while back, haven't got around to shooting it so take this for what its worth. To paraphrase, "...if your '06 doesn't shoot 165's with 4350, you need an exorcist, not a gunsmith" from Jack O'conner.

My Chicopee Falls Savage 110 seem to like whatever flavor of cheap factory 150gr is available. I have an early 60's Browning BAR 30-06 I need to shoot one of these days, bought it to mount my Photon on but been pretty happy with the 300Blk it is sitting on. I shoot about 1.5" groups with Federal 165gr Premium running through a sporterized Eddystone, no kick pad and honed 2 stage trigger. Its a beast, can handle about 10 rounds before I get the bad flinch.

Don't really like shooting the 30-06 and sold traded the ones I had, somehow ended up with 4 of them again. Funny how that works.

I realize this is mostly useless info pertaining to your question, but I don't think it takes a lot to get a 30-06 to work.
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#6909218 - 10/04/17 08:05 PM Re: Favorite 30.06 load? [Re: oaktreeplanter]
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Here is two of my best. 58 gr of RL19 and 165 Accubonds. My Browning prefers 150 Hornady SPs with 54 gr of RL17. These are not hot loads but I like the accuracy over speed.


Edited by DLALLDER (10/04/17 08:07 PM)
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#6909332 - 10/04/17 09:41 PM Re: Favorite 30.06 load? [Re: JJH]
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Originally Posted By: JJH
165gr bullet(almost any of them) and IMR4350


This. I use SGK's.
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#6909548 - 10/05/17 07:23 AM Re: Favorite 30.06 load? [Re: oaktreeplanter]
DStroud Offline
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I just use 30-06 for match shooting at this time so my load is 175gr MKT with either Reloder 16 which is a great powder for 30-06 by the way or I use N150.
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#6909636 - 10/05/17 08:18 AM Re: Favorite 30.06 load? [Re: oaktreeplanter]
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M1 Garand
168gr SMK
48gr. IMR 4064

Rem 700
49.7gr Varget
175gr A-max
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#6909884 - 10/05/17 11:39 AM Re: Favorite 30.06 load? [Re: oaktreeplanter]
jmm Offline
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Registered: 03/30/15
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Lots of favorites that shoot really small groups in my rifle and have been used on game in hot and cold weather.

110 grain TTSX 53 grains RL10X

150 grain scirocco, hornady, speer, sierra 58 grains RL16, RL17, 4451

165 grain hornady, nosler 57 grains IMR4350, RL16, 4451

180 grain hornady, nosler, sierra, 61 grains RL22, 56 grains 4451, RL16
180 grain a-frame 56.5 grains H4350

200 grain partition 58 grains RL22, 56 grains RL19

240 grain woodleigh 53 grains H4831, 54 grains RL22

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#6910012 - 10/05/17 01:25 PM Re: Favorite 30.06 load? [Re: oaktreeplanter]
Wader Offline
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180gr SGK with around 55gr of your favorite 4350. Been quite effective for me over the years. Cheap enough to plink, accurate enough to stretch your legs a bit, and performs fantastic on game.

85gr Sierra RN pistol bullet with Trailboss is a fun little rabbit round or for plinking with the kids.

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#6910963 - 10/06/17 08:57 AM Re: Favorite 30.06 load? [Re: oaktreeplanter]
oaktreeplanter Offline
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Registered: 12/29/12
Posts: 131
Loc: Spanish Fort
Thanks ya'll. I will need to experiment with some of them. This will be a good excuse to add to my collection of supplies, and then shoot more too
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#6911346 - 10/06/17 02:15 PM Re: Favorite 30.06 load? [Re: oaktreeplanter]
NMGW Offline
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Timely post, I just got back from the range testing my final spin on a new load. I am loading the Hornady 180 SST's, and pushing it with 55.8 grains of IMR4350. I chrono'd 2800 FPS StdDev of 5. I am shooting an X-bolt with a 26 inch barrel so that no doubt is giving me extra velocity.

What I most happy about is I shot a .25 inch clover leaf "I know I did not believe either" that is probably the exception and not the rule, but I do expect to get sub MOA groups with this load, and I am still .7 grains below max. I worked this load up for an upcoming Gemsbok/Oryx hunt here in New Mexico. I am going to use the same load on my mule deer hunt also.

A side note I am trimming to 2.48 inches and C.O.L is 3.25. Winchester primers, match grade brass.


Edited by NMGW (10/06/17 02:19 PM)
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#6911355 - 10/06/17 02:20 PM Re: Favorite 30.06 load? [Re: oaktreeplanter]
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Core-Lokt 150 gr. shoot very accurate in my 700 BDL. If it ain't broke don't fix it..

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#6914072 - 10/09/17 11:22 AM Re: Favorite 30.06 load? [Re: oaktreeplanter]
oaktreeplanter Offline
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Registered: 12/29/12
Posts: 131
Loc: Spanish Fort
Thanks, NMGW and Wilhunt. I appreciate the wisdom from both posts. I hope you do well on your Gemsbok hunt
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#6918712 - 10/12/17 09:41 PM Re: Favorite 30.06 load? [Re: oaktreeplanter]
ScottA Offline
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Registered: 05/07/07
Posts: 112
Loc: RGV
My favorite load is a 165 grain Sierra GameKing ignited by 58 grains of H4350. Its proven accurate in more than one rifle and will put the smack down on deer.
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#6919383 - 10/13/17 01:58 PM Re: Favorite 30.06 load? [Re: oaktreeplanter]
oaktreeplanter Offline
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Registered: 12/29/12
Posts: 131
Loc: Spanish Fort
I tried out some 165 grain remingtons yesterday with 52g of H414 with great results at 100 yards. This isn't a heavy load but seemed to be very stable and accurate from my rifle.
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