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147gr FMJ load for 30-06

Discussion in 'Reloading' started by 1glockfan23, May 18, 2010.

  1. 1glockfan23

    1glockfan23

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    I recently acquired a large quantity of 147grain FMJ-BT, steel core bullets .308" diameter. Have been unable to find 30-06 load data for 147grain bullets. I have been using 150grain load data, and had good results. Anybody have any specific load info for the 147grain bullet? Is there any major problem with using 150grain load data?
     
  2. Zombie Steve

    Zombie Steve Decap Pin Killa

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    It shouldn't be that different from the 150 grain data. If you're getting good results, don't mess with it.
     


  3. kubura

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    This is what I use for my M1 Garand:


    Bullet / Weight Powder / Weight Primer Barrel Lenght C.O.L. Velocity

    FMJ or HPBT 147 IMR 3031 47 CCI 34 24 3.34

    FMJ or HPBT 147 IMR 4895 48 CCI 34 24 3.34 2785

    FMJ or HPBT 147 IMR 4064 49 CCI 34 24 3.34 2650
     
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  4. fredj338

    fredj338

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    You can always use heavier bullet data for lighter bullets, always.
     
  5. GIockGuy24

    GIockGuy24 Bring M&M's

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    The steel core 147 grain bullets are resized 7.62x54R Russian bullets. They are much longer than American lead core bullets. This is due to steel being lighter than lead and the bullets have a bit of an air gap inside the jackets.
     
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  6. It depends. Quite a few are .308 bullets and not x54R.
     
  7. GIockGuy24

    GIockGuy24 Bring M&M's

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    The factory 308 steel core bullets have become a bit rare and expensive. They weigh a good 150 grains too. Even those are longer than lead core bullets. The economy 147 grain steel core bullets around these days are 7.62x54R bullets.
     
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  8. 1glockfan23

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    True, these are .308 bullets, old military stock. I found some old 30-06 military rounds, pulled them apart and they also were 147grain bullets, same length as the lot I picked up. I tried to measure the powder charge in them, but they were so old, the powder had corroded and caked up in the case.