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    Marksman Water63's Avatar
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    Plinking load for 30-30 and 30-06

    Ok I must start this out with the disclaimer the following loads worked for me there is no test data to back up my loads so load them at your own risk.

    I was bored today and wanted to play in the loading room. I have not shot much lately so everything is loaded up. I wanted to revisit the past I used to load some real light loads for the 30-30 and the 06. My old load was with red dot like 5 grains and a 125 pill.
    I haven't used red dot for awhile and I have a bunch of universal so I loaded a few to just play. I ened up at 7 grs behind a 125 pill not much recoil and fun plinker load.

    So does anyone esle play with light plinking loads just for fun or to hunt small game?

    What are your loads.

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    I tried the Red Dot load before, but it didn't seem accurate enough to be worthwhile in my rifle.
    I have used 25 gr. of IMR4198 with 150 gr. bullet in my .30-06 for a fun, accurate plinking load.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mkgr22 View Post
    I tried the Red Dot load before, but it didn't seem accurate enough to be worthwhile in my rifle.
    I have used 25 gr. of IMR4198 with 150 gr. bullet in my .30-06 for a fun, accurate plinking load.
    Any idea what sort of velocity you're getting out of that load?

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    I've used about 7 or 8 grains of Unique behind 110 and 125 gr. bullets in 308 quite a bit. Fairly accurate out to about 50 yards or a bit further, after that they would start to get wild. Used them to hunt whistle pigs in semi-populated areas with good results. Fun to shoot and like you said, no recoil and also quiet. Also since cases require minimal resizing if any, they seem to last forever. I would use cases that were at the end of their life for regular loads and got a bunch more use out of them.
    Also tried 32 wadcutters, 32 auto bullets and even 0 (IIRC) buck shot pellets. The wadcutters were seated backwards on top of 3 grains of Bullseye and were deadly to 25 yards, after that they started to tumble. Dandy squirrel load. The 32 auto bullets weren't bad but not near as good as longer bullets and the pellet loads just flat stunk for hitting anything past 10 yards and that's on a good day.
    I would also open up the flash hole a little bit to make ignition more consistent and improve accuracy. One word of caution, if you do enlarge the flash hole, mark the cases so you don't use them for regular loads as the results could be disasterous.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rimfire_crazed View Post
    Any idea what sort of velocity you're getting out of that load?
    Sorry, I don't have a chrony. According to my Speer manual muzzle velocity
    would be right around 2000 fps.

    I worked well for me out to 75 yards.

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    For bullits the 100gr Speer plinker works ok, only down side is no crimp groove unless you put one on it, so not great in a tube mag. I found some 150gc cast bullits at a show and those work great at about 1500fps. Don't recall what powders I used - damned old age.

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    Quote Originally Posted by johntheplinker View Post
    I've used about 7 or 8 grains of Unique behind 110 and 125 gr. bullets in 308 quite a bit. Fairly accurate out to about 50 yards or a bit further, after that they would start to get wild. Used them to hunt whistle pigs in semi-populated areas with good results. Fun to shoot and like you said, no recoil and also quiet. Also since cases require minimal resizing if any, they seem to last forever. I would use cases that were at the end of their life for regular loads and got a bunch more use out of them.
    Also tried 32 wadcutters, 32 auto bullets and even 0 (IIRC) buck shot pellets. The wadcutters were seated backwards on top of 3 grains of Bullseye and were deadly to 25 yards, after that they started to tumble. Dandy squirrel load. The 32 auto bullets weren't bad but not near as good as longer bullets and the pellet loads just flat stunk for hitting anything past 10 yards and that's on a good day.
    I would also open up the flash hole a little bit to make ignition more consistent and improve accuracy. One word of caution, if you do enlarge the flash hole, mark the cases so you don't use them for regular loads as the results could be disasterous.
    All of this is good info, I have never tried this, but I will in the near future..... Thanks to all.....
    I shoot slow, and hit every time!!!!!

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    Here's a load for the 30-06 thats really accurate and easy on the gun and the shooter. 12.6 grs HS6 under a 175gr cast (gas checked) flat nose bullet with a dacron wadding in between.

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    looks like I'm not the only guy to just play

    I used to play around all the time anymore crnk out a few loads hardly ever change the press set up. I forgot how much fun a single stage press can be. I guess I will keep the dust nocked off it and play for awhile.

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    I have used 8 grains of 700X behind a 135 grain lead bullet in a 30.06 for along time. With drilled out flash holes in the specially marked brass.

    The Second Edition of "Modern Reloading" by Richard Lee has quite a bit of data on reduced loads for cast bullets for the 30-30, 308, and 30.06.

    I am using 25 grains of N135 behind the 135 lead for about 2200 fps. It is nice to be using non-modified brass for this reduced load. Plenty accurate too..
    Red Fire 372

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