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Thread: Need Help loading 30-06 in 1903 Springfield

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    Thanks Kraschenbrin,

    All things being equal I will probably continue to buy from the man who supports this sight. He is a Scouter too, as am I. We should all patronize good people when we can.
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    Thanks Kraschenbrin,

    All things being equal I will probably continue to buy from the man who supports this sight. He is a Scouter too, as am I. We should all patronize good people when we can.
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    I had good results loading 311299 in my 1903 Mark 1 Springfield. Bullet sized .313, 34 Grains of Win 748, seated to cover top lube groove. Use Lyman Alox lube.

    Same load works in 308 Winchester, 303 British, 7.65 Argentine and 7.7 Arisaka.

    Have also used 12 grains of Unique for a lighter load.

    I bought this mold in 1962 to loads for an 1981 Argentine Mauser and a SMLE No.1 MkIII*.

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    I'm not a fan of W748 for loads under 35K PSI. Too many pressure excursions and variations in velocity, and very position sensitive. I'm not against using W748 with cast. I'm speaking from the viewpoint of having bought an 8 lb keg years ago, and trying to use it for just about everything. I just find it less flexible than other powders. Where it works, it works well, which is in high density, full pressure, full performance applications.

    Felix pointed out in a post here years ago that it has a heavy retardation coating and specifically didn't recommend it for light loads for that reasons. Most any medium rate ball powder does better in reduced loads, extruded better still. Let me dig that up...

    http://castboolits.gunloads.com/show...l=1#post102660
    http://castboolits.gunloads.com/show...n-323378-Loads
    http://castboolits.gunloads.com/show...W)-Cast-311041
    http://castboolits.gunloads.com/show...ed-8lb-of-W748
    I give loading advice based on my actual results in factory rifles with standard chambers, twist rates and basic accurizing.
    My goals for using cast boolits are lots of good, cheap, and reasonably accurate shooting, while avoiding overly tedious loading processes.
    The BHN Deformation Formula, and why I don't use it.
    How to find and fix sizing die eccentricity problems.
    Do you trust your casting thermometer?
    A few musings.

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    30-06

    Not sure what Lyman moulds you're using but you might slip over to NOE (shouldn't be too far from you) and check out the 30 XCB mould (310-165-FN). Here's 2 sighters and 10 for "record" I shot last week or so with my M1903A1 NM Type II. My XCBs are cast of #2 alloy, WQ'd out of the mould, weight sorted for match select bullets, GC'd with Hornady's and lubed with White Label 2500+. I loaded them in LC67 Match cases with a WLR primer over 18 gr Alliant 2400 with a Dacron filler.

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    Larry Gibson

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    VERY nice...
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BP Bronze Point IMR Improved Military Rifle PTD Pointed
BR Bench Rest M Magnum RN Round Nose
BT Boat Tail PL Power-Lokt SP Soft Point
C Compressed Charge PR Primer SPCL Soft Point "Core-Lokt"
HP Hollow Point PSPCL Pointed Soft Point "Core Lokt" C.O.L. Cartridge Overall Length
PSP Pointed Soft Point Spz Spitzer Point SBT Spitzer Boat Tail
LRN Lead Round Nose LWC Lead Wad Cutter LSWC Lead Semi Wad Cutter
GC Gas Check