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    Cast in the Ought Six

    Went back & read Sundog's article once again on the Casting Fellows page. If you've never read it, well you should. Enjoy.

    https://www.hensleygibbs.com/casting/oughtsixcast.htm
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    The .30-06 was the first rifle caliber I casted for with a Lyman 311332 180gr. mold. That was the first step in a great adventure, I had just finished a Mauser action with a 26'' Shilen #5 barrel in .30-06 topped with a Burris 3x9 Signature scope. I had lots of IMR 4227 so that's what I went with, good thing, it took only a short time to develop a load capable of less than 1'' @ 100yds. repeatable. I don't have another mold/rifle combination that'll do as well...yet, I'm always working on it though.

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    My Springfield has a 4 groove Remington barrel (04/44) that was new in the grease when I had it fitted. It has a 12X Leupold scope attached and just shoos brilliantly with 31.5gns of 3031 and a Lyman 311284 sized to 0.310".

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    My first cast 30-06 was a Brno Arms VZ24 Mauser sporterized by Kimber with a synthetic stock & a 24 inch fluted stainless match [their words] barrel. I used the RCBS 30-180-FN & 20 grains of 2400. It was an honest inch & a half shooter. That rifle began my cast/rifle road. The rifle looked like this.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bad Ass Wallace View Post
    My Springfield has a 4 groove Remington barrel (04/44) that was new in the grease when I had it fitted. It has a 12X Leupold scope attached and just shoos brilliantly with 31.5gns of 3031 and a Lyman 311284 sized to 0.310".

    What do they say about "like minds"? I have a few '06 Military surplus shooters, and for all (EXCEPT my Garand) I remember "30-31-32": I use an even 30 grains of 3031 which I size to 0.320". I reckon -- 'specially my 1917 -- the 0.320" is not even too snug a fit, and with the moderate IMR 3031 charge pressures still stay well at acceptable levels. Mine weigh in at about 205 grains, and I use Hornady gas checks.
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    I like that! 30-31-32.....

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bad Ass Wallace View Post
    My Springfield has a 4 groove Remington barrel (04/44) that was new in the grease when I had it fitted. It has a 12X Leupold scope attached and just shoos brilliantly with 31.5gns of 3031 and a Lyman 311284 sized to 0.310".

    Very nice! What velocity do you get out of that load?

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    I have a Remington M700 ADL dedicated to cast. It was originally a donor action for another project so I decided to do some cast testing before spinning the barrel off. It turned out to be be a shooter and is still my dedicated cast -06. I even put it in a nice laminated stock to upgrade from the ADL plastic one. The next one will have a heavy profile barrel in a 12 or 14 twist. I’m looking forward to when I get more time to pick up where I left off with it.

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    I plan on shooting some cast in my Remington 1903 also.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Silvercreek Farmer View Post
    Very nice! What velocity do you get out of that load?
    It chronograghs at 1740fps. I still have to test the same boolit with powder coated ones.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bad Ass Wallace View Post
    It chronograghs at 1740fps. I still have to test the same boolit with powder coated ones.

    Thanks! Any filler?

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    Without a doubt the 30-06 is my favorite caliber for cast or jacketed bullets. I am now down to four, as I fixed each of my two kids up with a small arsenal five years ago and yes they both got some 30-06s.
    Disclaimer: The above is not holy writ. It is just my opinion based on my experience and knowledge. Your mileage may vary.

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    Have had a number 06's and don't recall any that did not shoot cast well. Down to my last one, a CMP 03A3 in a CMP C stock and even with the origianl sights and my eyes will shoot to 2 MOA with the Lyman 311291 and 16 grs of Blue Dot. Could probably improve on that with a little load development but I'm too lazy.

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Abbreviations used in Reloading

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