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post #1 of 18 (permalink) Old 03-15-2018, 06:37 PM Thread Starter
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powders for 30 calibers

ive been using IMR 4350 to load my 300 H&H and 06. 165 btsp Hornady bullets. 300 H&H gets 66.5 grains and the 06 54.5 grains of powder. both loads are used for hunting and gets good results. both rifles loads were worked until both rifles shot about 1" groups. just wondering if anyone is using some different powders and what kind of results you are getting.
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post #2 of 18 (permalink) Old 03-16-2018, 12:01 PM
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I use IMR 4831 for my '06 and 300 WM. I lucked onto an accurate load right away for my '06. (56 grains & a 150 gr sst that I eventually switched to the interbond). The 300 WM is right at about an 1" or so groups & I'm fine with that for shots at bear here in PA. I've been using H380 in my 300 WSM again coming in a little under an inch group.

The IMR 4831 meters like crap for me, but I keep using it in my '06 because that load is so accurate for some reason in my pre war M70
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I am not a fan of slow burning powders, My wife and daughter hunted and did not like the recoil. So I tried Imr 4320 and Imr 4895, Both shot the same groups at 100 yards, recoil was much less, Very good to 150 yards. I have found that bullets mean more to accuracy than powder, I stole a Remington pump from a guy at work, He said he could do no better than 3 inch at 100 yards. The first load I tried was with 4895 and 165 gr bullet, not the same brand he used, touched holes at 100 yards, off bags of course! I also use 4320 in my 7mm remington mag, Much less recoil also, More accurate than I can shoot off hand. Only lost 100 or so fps.

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In my 300 H&H I was running the 168gr Nosler CC with 77.6gr H4831 giving me 3200 fps out of a 28" barrel. Groups were 3/4 MOA or much better when I did my part.

In the 06 I've been using 65 and 64.7gr of Superformance behind a 145gr Lehigh defense bullet or a 150gr Hornady SST respecively. The 150gr SST does around 2950 out of a 24" barrel and 2750 out of an 18" carbine. The 145gr LD does 3040 out of a 24" barrel with accuracy between 1/2 & 3/4 MOA. These two loads have taken a number of deer over the past few years with great success.

My .300 WM is all H1000, it takes 77gr or 74.7gr behind a 212gr or 225gr Hornady ELD. Velocity is 3000 and 2910 respectively through a 30" barrel with groups in the .3 MOA range, the thing is a hammer.

If you want some entertainment load some of the 170gr Lehigh controlled fracturing bullets over 10gr of trail boss in your 06. It puts a hurtin on water jugs at 100 yards even going sub 1000 fps as shown below.
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IMR 4064; no less, no more.
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X2. I no longer use or own any magnum rifles because I just do not believe you need them. The only .30 caliber rifles I own now are a .300 Savage and a couple .30-06's. IMR-4064 works very well in both of them.
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In the .300 Win Mags I loves me my IMR-4350 (at one time I loaded for 6 of them).

In the .300 Weatherby I'm partial to IMR-7828.

In the .308 Win W748 or IMR-3031

In the 30-40 Krag I like IMR-4064

In the .307 Win I've only loaded reduced loads for plinking and love AA-5744

That's mostly all the .30's I currently load for

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X2. I no longer use or own any magnum rifles because I just do not believe you need them. The only .30 caliber rifles I own now are a .300 Savage and a couple .30-06's. IMR-4064 works very well in both of them.

AMEN to 4064!!!!


4350 in the 300 Win Mag


H110/ LIL gun in the 300 BLK
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Varget and H4350 , MANY great loads to be had AND also is less temp sensitive

Although if doing magnums H4831/sc
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The appropriate powder varies greatly within any caliber. You could pick any rifle powder out there and it will work extremely well for some combination of 30 caliber case and bullet. A .308 Win with a 125 grain bullet is going to want a relatively fast powder. A 300 Win Mag with a 210 is going to need something significantly slower. It's not hard to end up with a 300 magnum of some description that produces 30-06 velocities because of a poor choice in powder. That said, I could pretty well cover the 30 cals (and most other cals as well) with three powders. Varget, IMR 4350, and Reloader 23 can get most of it done well.
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