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So yesterday I picked up a 1943 production date 03A3 damn wife and here estate auctions! I'm looking for load data anyone might have for this that are on the lighter side. Its still in good shape bore and barrel look good but want to work up some lighter loads for it just to get started. Anyone have a good load data for what they run that I can get started with have 4895, varget, and several other powders so should have something that will work. Have everything from 110s up to 180s for the 308 so bullets are plentiful also. Thanks for the help, Moe
 

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never loaded any 30 aught 6, sure someone here has
 

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The ideal load is going to run right around 2700 fps with a 150 flat base spire point or fmj .

Probably with H4895 right around 44.0 with a load window of 41-45.5 with a Hornady bullet.
Probably with IMR 4895 closer to 44.0 with a load window of 42-45.8 as above .

Either powder with a 135 HP Serria will go 42- 47.3 .

I have it in a note book but at this time have no reference for 49 gr of IMR 4350 with a 150 gr SPBT Hornady. The notes say it was horrible in the 2 groove 11/43 Remington but good in in a 4 groove Savage and exceptable in a 4 groove on 760 .

A 173 or 178 HP may or may not shoot well .
The example I had had a 2 groove 1-12 twist . Making it good across a broad velocity range up to 168 of typical design . Heavier required full tilt loads .
 

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From the master of all things .30-'06, German Salazar:

"Brass: Lapua (Lake City or Winchester are acceptable substitutes)
Primer: Federal 210M (PMC, CCI BR2 or Winchester WLR are acceptable substitutes)
Powder: H4895, 47.0 gr. (IMR 4895 and IMR 4064 are acceptable substitutes with minor charge adjustment)
Bullet: Sierra 168 gr. Match King moly (all Sierra or Berger 155 gr. are acceptable substitutes) cut the powder charge 1.0 gr. for bare bullets. Seat the bullet for 0.020" jump to the lands.
Muzzle Velocity: Approximately 2720 fps from a 28" barrel.

This load is extremely accurate despite having a lot of air space in the case and the bullet jump which I normally avoid in my loads. You'll feel slightly less recoil that with a typical .308 Palma load, but don't raise that powder charge; these are fast burning powders and although mild in recoil, you're close to maximum pressure."


-Alexander
 

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Thanks for the responses. Gives me some good starting ideas to put up against whats in the manuals. Now just gotta go buy dies and brass dang it!
 

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I used a lot of pull down 4895 back when I ran a Garand while shooting high power. The standardized loads were 47.0gr under a 150gr bullet and 46.0 grains behind 172gr bullet. The pull down powder was probably Hodgdon. It cost me $6/lb when purchased in a case consisting of 4x8lb jugs.
 

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i concur, 47.0 IMR 4895 under a 150 gr. bullet.
 
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