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  • CodyK

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    Put my 30.06’s on the shelf a couple years ago in favor of my .270 and my 6.5 creedmoor. But I still have several boxes of bullets, and was thinking about working up a load, and dusting off the old Remingtons, a 721 bolt action and a 742 semi-auto, and giving them some attention this year. Was just starting into reloading for my rifles when I stopped shooting them, and looking at my notes, the only load I ever worked up was using a Hornady 150 grain interlock sp and Superformance powder. Looks like it shot out of the 721 pretty well, but I never fired it out of the 742. I opened the Lee and Hornady books to see what other powders I might use, and I had no idea how many powders would work. Anyone on here ever use CFE223? Or H335? I’ve got plenty of 4350 (Hodgdon, IMR, and accurate) and a couple lbs of 4831, so maybe they’re better, but wanted to get some opinions. I’ve got 150 grain SP’s, 165 grain GMX (solid copper) and 180 grain Nosler ballistic tips.


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    deemus

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    Those two are great for 223 and Valkyrie and other smaller case rounds. But there are much better powders for 30-06.

    IMR4895, IMR4064, work great in 06.

    My go-to for 30-06 is 51.1g of IMR 4064 under a 165g SST bullet. I love the SST bullets due to how lethal they are. Most are DRT, but had a big axis run 30yds.

    I’m about to work up a load for 308 using those 150g Interlock.
     

    paknheat

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    I'd start with one of your 4350s. You should find something that works.

    ^^^^^THIS^^^^^^^
    Of all the powders you listed I’d start there. I’ve had customers in the past that had excellent results with the Hornady 165 .30 cal bullet in their 30-06. Most were using H-4350.

    For my 30-06, I’ve had real good results using 51 gn of IMR-4064. That’s also with either the Nosler BT or the Hornady SST in the 165-168gn weight range.

    I’d shy away from the cfe223 or the h335 for the 06. Too much of either one of those may damage your rifles.


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    CodyK

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    ^^^^^THIS^^^^^^^
    Of all the powders you listed I’d start there. I’ve had customers in the past that had excellent results with the Hornady 165 .30 cal bullet in their 30-06. Most were using H-4350.

    For my 30-06, I’ve had real good results using 51 gn of IMR-4064. That’s also with either the Nosler BT or the Hornady SST in the 165-168gn weight range.

    I’d shy away from the cfe223 or the h335 for the 06. Too much of either one of those may damage your rifles.


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    I figured 4350 would be my best option, but I was kind of surprised seeing those other powders listed.


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    Texasjack

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    IMR-4064 was my go-to powder for .30-06 for many years, and I still use it. It seems like 4350 (either brand) is the current favorite, and I have to agree it does a great job. The '06 is an easy cartridge to load for, so it's hard to go wrong on powder selection. If you've got 4350, that's where I'd start.
     

    benenglish

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    Yeah, 4350 is a great place to start for your purposes and your rifle.

    A little background, though.

    Classically, people tend to recommend IMR 4064 or one of the 4895 family, such as H4895, IMR-4895, AA-2495 or pull-down powder that's usually just marked "4895". Among the 4895s, IMR-4895 tends to be preferred.

    The reason IMR-4895 and IMR-4064 are usually the default recommendation is because those two are very well suited to loads for the Garand. Anything slower-burning will cause problems with a Garand; port pressure can be a big issue.

    While that's not the rifle you're using, it's still a decent rule of thumb that with those two powders you can probably find an accurate, if not highest velocity, load for almost any .30-06.

    Of course, that's all academic. You've got 4350 and I feel sure it will work fine for you.
     

    Axxe55

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    Yeah, 4350 is a great place to start for your purposes and your rifle.

    A little background, though.

    Classically, people tend to recommend IMR 4064 or one of the 4895 family, such as H4895, IMR-4895, AA-2495 or pull-down powder that's usually just marked "4895". Among the 4895s, IMR-4895 tends to be preferred.

    The reason IMR-4895 and IMR-4064 are usually the default recommendation is because those two are very well suited to loads for the Garand. Anything slower-burning will cause problems with a Garand; port pressure can be a big issue.

    While that's not the rifle you're using, it's still a decent rule of thumb that with those two powders you can probably find an accurate, if not highest velocity, load for almost any .30-06.

    Of course, that's all academic. You've got 4350 and I feel sure it will work fine for you.
    4350 is an excellent powder for the 30-06 and my preferred for most handloads for rifles.
     
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