Re: reduced 30/06 loads .
First off always be careful with reduced loads. But then I figure you already knew that. But it is always worth typing.
I shoot several reduced loads in the 30-06. Including a "cat sneeze" load off the front porch that is basically a silent load. However that "cat sneeze" load would not be good to deer hunt with. But I have shot a ton of small game during rifle season with these loads.
IMO the best bullet for a lighter load is a cast bullet. Personally I cast a 180 grain RCBS flat point bullet with a gas check. I cast these myself.
A good velocity is in the 1,700 to 2,000 fps range. This cartrdige is deadly on deer. To 200 yards with no problem what so ever. And the bullet performs fantastically. Not like the problems you can have with jacketed bullets at reduced velocities.
Personaly I use RL-7 for my reduced loads(with a dacron filler). A good place to start is with 25.0 grains of RL-7. And that load will give slightly different velocities with different rifles, and barrel lengths. But it is safe to say you should be in the 1,700 to 1,800 fps range with that load.
If you don't cast bullets then call any number of commercial caster's and tell him what you want to do. He will certainly cast you up 500 or so for what you want to do. And then you can practice a good bit also for a reasonable price. Tom.