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Heavy 30-06 bullet?

Freak Freak

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I have hundreds of 308. 200gr nosler Partitions I orginally purchased to load in my 300 win. Traded that gun a couple years ago and haven't used them sense. I'm down to 17 180gr accubonds and 80 180gr Partitions bullets which is what I load in my 30-06 and can't seem to find those bullets anywhere. So I figured it would be a good idea to work up a load with the 200gr bullets. I was thinking of using the same H4381 I loaded in the 300 win as my research seems to point to this being a good choice for heavier bullets in 30-06. Unfortunately I have just under a pound left of H4381 but I have over 10 pounds of H4350. I usually use H4350 to load any 150gr-180gr bullets in my 30-06. Any thoughts on what powder would be a better choice? Any tip, advice, or thoughts on loading 200gr Partitions in 30-06 would be appreciated.
 
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Addicting

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I have some 180g partitions I can sell you. Think I have 3 boxes, I will have to see what I paid for them. Shoot me a PM if your interested.
 

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Dad was a 30/06 and heavy weight fan. (NO clue why, hunting in PA. Guess it was a Big Bad Bear 150# might charge) Don't know his velocities, but he, and a couple of his buddies, were stuck on IMR-4831 for 200's.
 

Don Fischer

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Sounds to me like your gonna be out of H4831 before long but have plenty of H4350. Seems to me the one to go with is H4350 in that case! I not so sure but what H4831 might not be to slow burning in the first place.
 

ImBillT

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I don’t see a reason not to use 4350. Without looking at data I’d expect 2600-2700fps.
 

Guy

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A few years ago I loaded the 200 grain Nosler Partition over H4350.

H4831 probably would have produced higher velocity, but I was right at 2,600 fps with good accuracy. That 200 gr Nosler has a pretty good BC and flies flatter than I'd thought it would. I only shot it out to 300 yards, but it did fine there. Accuracy was good, and surprisingly - the recoil felt pretty mild to me. I thought it might kick harder. No, not bad at all.

Used it on only two animals, about a 75 pound wolf - yes the soft front end expanded readily on the wolf. And an 8+ ft interior grizzly. That one took a few hits, but the bullets did well when I shot well. The wolf was at about 250 yards and all the shooting at the grizzly was a 40-50 yards or less.

I was pleased with the bullet & load and considered using it for all my hunting with the 30-06, but... Have a large pile of other 30 cal hunting bullets on hand. So, I'm using them as well.

Best of luck. I think you may well find a very good load.

Regards, Guy
 

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