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Old 03-09-2010, 06:43 PM
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What would be a good addition to the powder menu I already have? I would like to stick to the IMR line, and am looking for something that is good for 30-06. Here is a list of the powders I currently use.

IMR 4895
IMR 4007 ssc
IMR 4350
IMR 4831

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Old 03-09-2010, 06:52 PM
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4350 works fine for the .30-06, but I have also used 4064 with good results. Varget is my current choice, as it is accurate and meters much better than 4064 ever did.

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Old 03-09-2010, 07:04 PM
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4350 for 165's and 180's, 4831 for 180's....for bolt guns. 4895 for gas guns, so I've been told (don't have any 30-06 gas guns).
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Old 03-09-2010, 07:05 PM
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I use IMR 4064 in 30-06 for my M1 Garands, you'll get better velocity with IMR 4350 or IMR 4831 though. You could go a long ways with IMR 4831, and you'll probably only need that powder to get what you want.
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Old 03-09-2010, 09:08 PM
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Of the powders you have there, you will be happy with 4895, BL-C2 AND 748 with bullets of 165gr or less.
165gr or more, 4350 works very well, and 4831 for very heavy bullets.
I use a lot of 4064 for match loads, as it is very accurate for me in 30-06 and 308 and is good with gas guns.
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Old 03-09-2010, 11:29 PM
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In the 30'06,4350 is a good choice for heavier bullets.4895 is good "all purpose" use,and 3031 is just right for 130 grain bullets.
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Old 03-10-2010, 01:18 AM
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IMR4895 and IMR4350

I use IMR4895 in my M1 Garand and IMR4350 in my bolt guns. All the best...
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Old 03-10-2010, 08:16 AM
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Frank and Gil both have it right. The Garand operating rod is bent by excessive muzzle pressure, and the slower the powder, thee more muzzle pressure you have. So, stay with IMR 4895 and IMR 4064 (my preference of the two) in IMR powders for the Garand from about 150 to 175 grain Sierra MatchKings and similar bullets. The 10" twist is a little fast for lighter bullets than that to do their best. IMR 3031 is good for the 125 to 150 grain range, though at the upper end the 4064 still does better about case fill and temperature and charge immunity. If you get to playing with the short 100 and 110 grain bullets, IMR 4198 does well.
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Old 03-10-2010, 02:59 PM
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IMR 4350 has always treated me well in .30-06. I have had good results with H414 as well. Bolt guns only....actually, I didn't know there was any other kind;-)
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IMR4064 is my go-to powder for both 30-06 and 25-06.....

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Old 03-10-2010, 07:39 PM
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Lots of powders give you more velocity but I get my best accuracy with 4350.
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760. Oh, wait, you said IMR...
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Old 03-14-2010, 07:27 PM
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IMR 4350 is the powder we use for 30-06 165gr to 180gr bullets and it is under a 1" moa.

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Old 03-19-2010, 06:12 AM
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Speaking on behalf of most of my ought sixes, IMR-4350 is the hot ticket. .
Same for me.
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Old 03-19-2010, 09:00 AM
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My NEF loves 4064. Shooting 50gr's with 168gr barnesTTSX loaded .050" off the lands; I get two shots in one hole with the third shot still in a group covered with a nickle
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Old 03-19-2010, 02:55 PM
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4895 was orginally made for the '06. Don't think you can go wrong with that, especially if you are shooting a garand.
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Old 03-19-2010, 08:21 PM
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For bullets lighter than 180 in my 06s I use IMR 4064 and get very good velocity and accuracy. For 180's and heavier I use IMR 4350 and get good velocities and very good accuracy.
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