I've just been granted a 30-06 and have a Sako 85 being rebarreled with a 1:10 twist 26" barrel. The rifle will mainly be used for the larger deer species and boar in the UK and abroad, but will no doubt be used on Roe/Muntjac on rare occasions.
I'm new to 30 cal and home load. I'm leaning towards using the 180gr Nosler BT. Is this a good choice of bullet?
I'm also undecided on what powder to try as most load data is for 24" or shorter barrels. Could anyone recommend a powder to start out with that is more suited to a 26" barrel?
On that note, Nosler list a charge weight with 105% case fill using RL-22 with a 180r bullet. I've never reloaded compressed loads. Presumably this amount of powder actually fit's in the case and just comes up the neck without spilling over and then seating the bullet crushes the powder down? If not, how do I go about getting a 105% case fill? Obviously I will work up any load I decide to try.
Thanks in advance.