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    Loading up some light duty 30-06

    Digging through a 40 year old bullet stash I came across a couple thousand Sierra 110 gr Varminters left over from bygone days of precision shooting.
    Working up a load now for the 30-06 using HXP brass, IMR-8208 XBR starting at 45 gr and 210M primers.
    Sized 150 cases, trimmed with Giraud trimmer. They are now in the Thumler tumbler with ss pins, dawn and hot water. 1 hr in the tumbler and they go into the brass drier for a time and then prime, charge and bullet gets seated to 3.100 C.O.L. per Sierra's newest loading manual recommendation for that bullet.
    Looking for a nice mild 100yd load that won't hurt to shoot. That way the New Yorker won't be whining when he shoots in his T-shirt.


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    Re: Loading up some light duty 30-06

    Good for you, nf1e.
    I have read that Hodgdons Trail Boss is excellent for reduced loadings, too. Never tried it but, according to Hodgon it is perfect for 110 grainers in 3006.

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    Re: Loading up some light duty 30-06

    Me whine.....not about recoil unless it rattles my spine....lol Then, you might hear a whine or two....lol
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    Re: Loading up some light duty 30-06

    Quote Originally Posted by Hawk View Post
    Me whine.....not about recoil unless it rattles my spine....lol Then, you might hear a whine or two....lol
    I had some loads that would rattle your toe nails Hawk. I shot a series of 20 one morning and even with my limb saver, I was whining. No need to use 1000yd loads for 100 yds me thinks.

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    Re: Loading up some light duty 30-06

    A couple of friends and I have been speaking of a possible light load for a 1903A3 when shooting the reduced for 25 yards, AQT. In the rapid portion of this, stripper clips will be used, 5 and 5. Since shooting will be done against those shooting semi auto's, one would have to have an advantage of sorts! Not that this is a competition, but there would be certain bragging rights for a Rifleman, who could run an 03A3 on this course of fire and score at least a 210.

    With the above stated, any suggestions for an accurate, mild, short range load? I won't be doing this, can't see the sights!

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    Re: Loading up some light duty 30-06

    M1A Sub load 175 gr./ 9.5 grains of Hodgdon Trail Boss. (900fps)

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    Re: Loading up some light duty 30-06

    Not wanting to go to a bb gun load, but thanks.
    I think I found the load that works for me, at least in the 03A4. 45 gr. IMR-8208 XBR under the Sierra 110 gr Varminter bullet in HXP cases trimmed 2.485,Fed 210M primer with C.O.L. of 3.100 per Sierra suggestion.
    Running right at 2636 fps with much reduced recoil compared to service ammo and shooting well under 1moa as desired and an SD under 10.


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    Re: Loading up some light duty 30-06

    Thal's a good SD for '06.
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    Re: Loading up some light duty 30-06

    Quote Originally Posted by GunnyG View Post
    Thal's a good SD for '06.
    It sure is and with a case that is only partially filled. I did single load and roll the ammo flat before loading to evenly disburse the charge.

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