Discussion in 'Reloading' started by PHOENIX PHIL, Jun 21, 2015.
OK!,,,, nice shot!..
Forget the power! you on´t need much hahaha.... "accuracy beats power"...
Like everyone else
40 years using 1 powder in my 30-06
165gr @ 57.0 My favorite 165gr Sierra GK
180gr @ 55.0 with 180 Nosler Part
Fed 210 M primer
56.0 gr IMR 4350
+++++1 on 56 gr. IMR 4350. 165 gr anything or 168 gr Barnes....if your rifle will not shoot that load. Sell it. Has accounted for over 100 head of African plains game from Kudu, Zebra, Oryx, Wildebeast down to Jackal and Baboons. One shot 95% of the time out as far as 367 yds, most pass thru on Barnes.
AR2209 (Australian powder) = 4350
Great powder for the :06.
Also produces great groups.
Suggest you check recoil pad to see if you can improve on it so your wife could handle the (in reality) modest recoil.
Varget (I think that’s just relabeled AR2208 Australian powder) is a might fast for the /06 in my opinion.
The /06 is a really great cartridge. Used one no two for many years.
Agreed and that was my experience too - best groups - max velocity
Another old thread to reflect back on......
WHICH IS A GOOD THING!!!......
I use to use IMR 4350. Now I use IMR 4064, 1 powder for all 3 of my -06's ( Encore, Remington 7400, before they were stolen) and Mossberg Patriot. The Hornady 165's and Barnes 168 TTSX shot the same powder charge with micro (as in no scope adjustment) change in bullet impact on target.
Powder: IMR 4064 49.4 grains
Primer: CCI #200 Large Rifle
Bullet: Hornady 165 grain SST / Barnes 168 TTSX
IMR 4064 and 165 grain Sierra Gamekings go together like peas and carrots. the classic load is 50 grains IMR 4064. Ive also had good success with H4895.
Probably way down on loads as a precaution. Note that the manuals cater for very old 30/06s.
Suggest you work up the loads but don’t be surprised if max or near max loads give you the best groups.
I loaded up 180 gr North Forks over 59gr (I believe) of H4831. It is a very accurate load but not the fastest (I think an average of 2550 with a 22" barrel). I started using H4831 for my 308 Norma because it was what I could get at the time, and tried it on the '06 to limit the number of powders I have to buy. Having done that experiment, my thoughts are the 165gr bullet is actually a better option for the 06 when using premium bullets.
Indeed a bit of an old thread. The wife got along just fine with the M70 FW. And as noted above the load was great. It took a number of animals in her first hunting trip to Africa.
I am thinking about selling off the FW and getting her a Super Grade, just cause, no particular reason. If I do that, perhaps I'll give these other loads a go. Lots of H4831 in my closet. It has become a go to powder for a number of my rifles.
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