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Posted: January 11 2018 at 4:03pm | IP Logged Quote M700

Snowing pretty heavily today, so I've been hanging out in my gun room, loading 30-06 ammo. I'd like to rely heavily on it again this coming fall for my big game hunting. I'll be hunting mule deer & pronghorn for sure. Possibly elk and bear. We will see...

My well-proven load is: 165 gr Nosler Ballistic Tip, a near-max charge of H4350, R-P cases and today I was using CCI primers. I've also used Magtech and Federal primers but haven't ever seen a difference in the accuracy.

If you load to this level, please work your way up to it. It's over max in some manuals and not quite max in other manuals.

Fall of 2016, the same load did very well in the hunting fields!

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Posted: January 11 2018 at 5:50pm | IP Logged Quote hoghunter

You can't go wrong with the 30-06. The 165 is the optimum bullet weight for a do all big game load.

When I shot the 06 many years ago IMR 4350 was my top choice with great accuracy and terminal performance.
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Posted: January 12 2018 at 10:32am | IP Logged Quote Ham Gunner

I love the green tips on those rounds, Guy. Makes a nice looking bullet and the nose certainly will not be prone to being damaged to alter long range velocity uniformity.

I think the 165gr. weight class of bullets are likely the best fit for what most use the .30-06 for in hunting.

While I only own one rifle chambered in 30-06, a stock Remington US Model of 1917 Enfield from which I shoot strictly cast bullets, I have probably loaded at least 2,000 jacketed rounds for that cartridge. Mostly for very close friends or family. Except for just a few boxes of ammo, the bulk have been loaded with Sierra SBT Game King 165gr. bullets and using IMR 4350. Have not tried the H4350 because it was not readily available locally back when I worked up my loads.

My load has been used in autos, pumps, as well as many different bolt rifles and they all seem to do well with this weight bullet and my load. My Moisin-Nagant at almost the same velocity of the 30-06 loves the 165gr. bullet and I have used it very successfully for white tail deer for many years in my old sporterized M-28, but it preferred IMR 4320.

I think one could likely make do just fine by careful selection of one of the 165gr. bullets for most shooters hunting needs. Depending upon just how much penetration one needs, there are plenty of choices in that weight out there these days.

The larger game such as bear or even elk and moose might be better served of course with heavier constructed bullets, but with carefully placement even the right 165gr. could probably work okay I would think.

Edited: I re-read this posting and changed the 5,000 rounds of 06 loaded to 2,000 rounds which is what I thought I had posted. I loaded 1,000 rounds for one friend alone, but I doubt that I reloaded more than that for all the others combined.

Edited by Ham Gunner on January 13 2018 at 12:55pm

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Posted: January 12 2018 at 6:30pm | IP Logged Quote KinleyWater

I love the look of shiny reloads. I need to load some rounds for the upcoming year myself. Thanks for the motivation, Guy.

Oh, and: Here's hoping your -06 serves you as well next year as years past.

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Posted: January 12 2018 at 10:22pm | IP Logged Quote STCM(SW)

Now, who would want to reload an old cartridge like that????

Well, I do....

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Posted: January 13 2018 at 9:22am | IP Logged Quote richhodg66

I have a lot of rifles in a lot of calibers, many of them rather obscure. Yep, died in the wool gun nut here who wants to try to shoot everything before I die, but the fact is, the more you read, shoot, hunt, etc., it ALWAYS comes back to the .30-06. Greatest rifle cartridge ever developed.

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Posted: January 13 2018 at 12:23pm | IP Logged Quote Old Ranger

I haven't shot my '06 in a year.
However, I'll bet ya it'll print 3 shots touching off the
bipod at a hundred. This cartridge has never failed me in
60 years.

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Posted: January 13 2018 at 1:26pm | IP Logged Quote Paul B.

Guy. Have you tried the 165 gr. Accubond? I'm pushing them to 2880
FPS in my 06 and the load has taken one elk so far. That load is for my
back up rifle on my elk hunts. A couple of years ago O decided to see
just how well it would work. My normal elk rifle is a .35 Whelen. Both are
customs on FN Mauser actions. The 165 AB is very accurate in my rifle.
(.50-.75" when I do my part.)
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