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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 05-31-2011, 12:23 AM Thread Starter
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reduced 30/06 loads .

Anyone have any 30/06 reduced loads that have worked good for deer ? My son was given a 30/06 rifle from his grandfather and isn't ready for normal loads.
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post #2 of 8 (permalink) Old 05-31-2011, 04:45 AM
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Re: reduced 30/06 loads .

I use to reduced my 3006 700 BDL for my son...I made the reload shoot like a 30/30. He killed an 8 point buck with it when he was 16 years old.

29 grains Reloader 7, OAL 2.995, Primer Rem 9 1/2, Sierra FN 308 cal 150 grain bullet.
.308 dia. (.30-30) 150 gr. FN Pro-Hunter 2000 Rifle
I put a small piece of pillow fiber on top of the powder so it would be uniform and not move around. Since 29 grains is truly a reduced load for the 3006 case.. Reloading books at the time said it was acceptable to do this on reduced loads.. We never had any problems what so ever using the small piece of pillow fiber to hold the powder in place..

The Speer manual has a recommended reduced load for all of their bullets...If you could let me know which speer bullet you would use I can tell you what the starting grainage is of the reduced load they recommend? Also what powder they say to use too.
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Re: reduced 30/06 loads .

Lately I've been using H4350 powder (don't know the charge off the top of my head but 59 grains sticks in my mind) and Nosler 125 grain ballistic tips. It chrono's right about at 2,900 fps and they sure are a pleasure to shoot. They'd kill a deer no problem and I may just prove that this fall.
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Re: reduced 30/06 loads .

Here's the one we've used for the kids (and my brother!). It's a proven deer killer for sure as it's really a 30-30.

R-P Case
R-P 9 1/2 Primer
SR 4759 Powder
30.0 gr.
150 gr. Sierra Flat Nose (or same in Speer) 30-30 bullet
Over All Length -3.080"
Chronographed Velocity out of a Remington 7600 Carbine w/18 1/2" barrel = 2307 FPS
Calculated Recoil Energy is 8.6 ft-lbs in a 8 lb rifle


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post #5 of 8 (permalink) Old 05-31-2011, 09:20 PM
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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.
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post #6 of 8 (permalink) Old 06-17-2011, 09:31 AM
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Re: reduced 30/06 loads .

I load 270, 30-06, and 30-30 loads with Trail Boss. Here is a link to the Trail Boss document with reduced rifle data:
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Re: reduced 30/06 loads .

Winchester case
Fed. 210 Primer
44.0gr of IMR-4895
Hornady 130gr Spire Point

My sons used this load for groundhogs and deer as they got used to the '06. Mild recoil allowed them to shoot it all summer at the groundhogs and it worked fantastic on deer.

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post #8 of 8 (permalink) Old 07-17-2011, 11:38 AM
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Re: reduced 30/06 loads .

I'd go with Muab Dib's recommendation. 4759 or 5744 are two of the best powders out there for reduced loads in larger capacity cases...
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