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    30.06 Reloading

    What bullet heads are you chaps reloading in 30.06, 150 gn and 180gn for deer, and if i may be so bold, which powder please.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nicholiath View Post
    What bullet heads are you chaps reloading in 30.06, 150 gn and 180gn for deer, and if i may be so bold, which powder please.
    30-06 has many choices for bullets and powder. It's your choice really. Anything from 130-180gr is suitable for UK stalking, although 150-165 are very sensible. Likewise with powder, a huge range of them will work well. I've got 165gr Sierra SPBT on top of Varget, but haven't done any proper load testing yet. See what you can get at your local RFD and base it on that
    "A man can never have too much red wine, too many books, or too much ammunition." -- Rudyard Kipling

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    I really like IMR 4350 for the 30-06. Stuff about any bullet on top and it works.~Muir

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    165gn nosler bt over 56gn of h4350 just perfect out of my 30.06.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dawnraider View Post
    165gn nosler bt over 56gn of h4350 just perfect out of my 30.06.
    Is Nosler BT a Nosler Partition?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Muir View Post
    I really like IMR 4350 for the 30-06. Stuff about any bullet on top and it works.~Muir
    Thanks Muir, I think you gave me lots of advice about Hornet loading a while back on another forum.

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    Noslers Left to right:

    Partition, Ballistic tip, AccuBond (bonded core) and E-tip (mono-metal)

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    What species are you mainly shooting and at what sort of ranges?

    The 30.06 is a very good calibre but will do some serious carcass damage unless you match the load to the quarry. Counter-intuitively a heavy slower bullet is better for the small and delicate stuff ( they'll run 50 yards or so but that's not a big issue IMO with small deer ) and the 150 gr "soft" ( like the Speer or Sierra SPBT ) softs will drop a red in short order.

    Stay away from the bones on small deer with any loading.

    good loads I use are:

    150gr Speer BTSP 51.3gr H4895 3.180" OAL Chrono 2870fps

    168gr Barnes TSX 55.5 gr H4350 3.250" OAL Est. 2750 fps

    180gr Hornady interlock BTSP 60.0gr H4831 OAL 3.250" Chrono 2550 fps

    155gr Hornady A-max/SMK 51.0gr H4895 3.310" OAL Chrono 2790 fps (Accuracy load for 600yard+ range work)

    All the above are around book max so approach with caution.

    Note the 150gr SPBT runs at 308 velocities, 62gr of H4350 in the same case will net you around 3000fps with less pressure but boy did it blow the everlasting **** of anything below a good sized fallow buck. It is a useful load for illustrating to .270 haters that any calibre can make a mess if loaded fast with soft bullets.

    Good luck and do report back.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Grandhubert View Post
    What species are you mainly shooting and at what sort of ranges?

    The 30.06 is a very good calibre but will do some serious carcass damage unless you match the load to the quarry. Counter-intuitively a heavy slower bullet is better for the small and delicate stuff ( they'll run 50 yards or so but that's not a big issue IMO with small deer ) and the 150 gr "soft" ( like the Speer or Sierra SPBT ) softs will drop a red in short order.

    Stay away from the bones on small deer with any loading.

    good loads I use are:

    150gr Speer BTSP 51.3gr H4895 3.180" OAL Chrono 2870fps

    168gr Barnes TSX 55.5 gr H4350 3.250" OAL Est. 2750 fps

    180gr Hornady interlock BTSP 60.0gr H4831 OAL 3.250" Chrono 2550 fps

    155gr Hornady A-max/SMK 51.0gr H4895 3.310" OAL Chrono 2790 fps (Accuracy load for 600yard+ range work)

    All the above are around book max so approach with caution.

    Note the 150gr SPBT runs at 308 velocities, 62gr of H4350 in the same case will net you around 3000fps with less pressure but boy did it blow the everlasting **** of anything below a good sized fallow buck. It is a useful load for illustrating to .270 haters that any calibre can make a mess if loaded fast with soft bullets.

    Good luck and do report back.
    I will mainly be shooting Roe Deer.

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    At the moment i am running 150 grn Sierra pro hunters with 48.5 grns Varget.This is my Roe and Fallow round.When in Scotland on the Reds and Africa plains game i use 180 grn Nosler partitions with 56 grns Vihtavouri N160 both these rounds produce half inch groups at 100 yrds.
    By the way has anyone got a good load for 165 partitions useing Viht N160.
    Tusker

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