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That is a lot of work. Better you than me. I am just going to load up a few of each of my 5 loads and I will be ready for season. I plan to use my Tikka 30.06 for my precision corn pile shooting this year and it will have to prove itself on it's next range session to take that honor away from my Rem 760 in 30.06. It shoots bug holes at 100. I think the Tikka will as well if given the chance.
 

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beartracker,

I look forward to your work. Just got my son a Rem 700 ADL chambered for that .30 Government Model of 1906 a few months ago for his big game rifle. May I ask what rifle are you testing out of? (barrel length and twist?)

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I think you need a few more bullet / powder options. Why limit yourself so? :)

It will be at least two and a half months before I post any finished work because I am in the middle of a major re-do of all my favorite 30-06 loads and some new ones in my main 30-06 hunting rifle. I can't continue until my new stock comes in but it is suppose to be here soon.

I am at the present working with 165gr Sierra HPBT, Nosler Partition, Remington Core Lokt, Hornday SP, Accubond, Ballistic tip - 168gr Barnes TSX, Sierra MK - 180gr Ballistic Tip, Sierra SP, Nosler Partition PT, Accubond, Barnes MRX- 190gr Sierra MK, 200gr Sierra SPB - 208gr A-Max - 220gr Sierra RN, Nosler Partition - 240gr Woodliegh.

Using the following powders:

IMR4895, IMR4320, IMR4350, IMR4831, IMR7828

AA2495BR

RL-19, RL-17, RL-22

H380, H414, H4350, H4831

Norma MRP

Brass: Winchester, Remingtion, Nosler, Hornady and Federal

Primers: Fed 210M, Fed 210, Remington 9 1/2 and CCI

I am keeping detailed records of velocities, extreme spread, deviations, group size and over all lengths. I do not want to short cut anything and the weather is very hot and humid down here so it will limit my time at the range. Plus I am doing this to develop specific loads for using the 30-06 for the following game as and all around cartridge and main go to rifle. Coyote, bobcat, hog, deer (white tail, coues, Mule) black bear, elk, Moose and possibly a chance again on plains game in Tanzania (if work sends me again)

So, depending on the specific game I am hunting I will have a specific load for the task at hand using my favorite rifle and cartridge.

I know there are other powders that can be used but this is all I have time and money for.

Here is a link to an article I just had published which I will follow up with an article on load work. http://ammoguide.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?sn=fMHQUckgGk&id=mhsp68/3006
 

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It will be at least two and a half months before I post any finished work because I am in the middle of a major re-do of all my favorite 30-06 loads and some new ones in my main 30-06 hunting rifle. I can't continue until my new stock comes in but it is suppose to be here soon.

I am at the present working with 165gr Sierra HPBT, Nosler Partition, Remington Core Lokt, Hornday SP, Accubond, Ballistic tip - 168gr Barnes TSX, Sierra MK - 180gr Ballistic Tip, Sierra SP, Nosler Partition PT, Accubond, Barnes MRX- 190gr Sierra MK, 200gr Sierra SPB - 208gr A-Max - 220gr Sierra RN, Nosler Partition - 240gr Woodliegh.

Using the following powders:

IMR4895, IMR4320, IMR4350, IMR4831, IMR7828

AA2495BR

RL-19, RL-17, RL-22

H380, H414, H4350, H4831

Norma MRP

Brass: Winchester, Remingtion, Nosler, Hornady and Federal

Primers: Fed 210M, Fed 210, Remington 9 1/2 and CCI

I am keeping detailed records of velocities, extreme spread, deviations, group size and over all lengths. I do not want to short cut anything and the weather is very hot and humid down here so it will limit my time at the range. Plus I am doing this to develop specific loads for using the 30-06 for the following game as and all around cartridge and main go to rifle. Coyote, bobcat, hog, deer (white tail, coues, Mule) black bear, elk, Moose and possibly a chance again on plains game in Tanzania (if work sends me again)

So, depending on the specific game I am hunting I will have a specific load for the task at hand using my favorite rifle and cartridge.

I know there are other powders that can be used but this is all I have time and money for.

Here is a link to an article I just had published which I will follow up with an article on load work. http://ammoguide.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?sn=fMHQUckgGk&id=mhsp68/3006
Limit your powders/projectiles to the type of action/barrel length energy on target requirement.

Example: 22" barrels with energy for deer will require significantly different specifications then the 26" barrel and energy for elk. The former can use 4895 and 150 grain projectiles, the latter needs a powder with the burn rate near that of Winchester 760 with 180 or 190 grain projectiles.

The 30.06 is extremely versitile.
 

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Its very hard to beat the old stand by of 58gr IMR 4350 pushing 165gr bullet.
My load for such is Hornady SP,10 thou off the lands which last friday gave me a 5 shot group @100 yards of .3935 running an average of 2880 and 9 FPS of deviation. Yes the number is correct .3935 on a five shot group. I had other loads worked up and almost stopped there and went home after that IMR load was shot.
Weather will make a little different in the field. Ramshot Hunter which is very temp insensitive is getting to be a go to powder as well. H414 is a backup powder for me as well. I like options in case powder becomes scarce!
 

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For 30-06 I like the 165g Nosler bullets. I find them to be the most efficient bullet weight for the 30-06. Getting 2950fps out of them makes it hard to beat the energy/trajectory combination for hunting. It's flat shooting and hard hitting. It's great for small and large game. A great overall load for the -06.
 
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