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hunter Joe 10-07-2009 06:10 PM

Savage 110
I bought a used Savage Model 110 in 30-06 and was wondering if anyone have a good reload combination for that rifle? I'm going to use this one for whitetails and was thinking a 165 gr. projectile but I need a starting point. I ran some 180 gr. Sierra Pro Hunters with 47 grs. of IMR 4064 (because that's what I had at hand) through the gun last weekend but was not at all impressed. I understand that 4350 is good powder to use in the 06 but I'm really don't want to use another powder if I don't have to. I have some 4895, 4831, and Varget laying around at the present time. Any advice would be greatly appreciated. HJ

cpttango30 10-09-2009 01:54 PM

I run 150gr for whitetails they really are not all that big.

4064 I think is right on the edge of working in a 30-06 with anything larger than about 125gr.

You can't go wrong with 3031 I think that powder was originally made for the 06.

My second choice would be the good old IMR 4895 that powder I think works in just about ever cartridge.

I will look in my sierra manual this evening and see what that says for a good hunting load in the 165gr catagory.

RL 15 is another good one.

TXnorton 10-09-2009 02:44 PM


My tried and true whitetail load for my Remington 700 in .30-06 is 165 grain Nosler Ballistic Tip bullets on top of 48 grains of IMR 4064. Been successfully taking Texas whitetail deer with one shot, no tracking kills at up to 200 yards.

hunter Joe 10-09-2009 05:03 PM

Thank you for your replies my brothers.

I bought a copy of The Complete Reloading Manual for the 30-06 Springfield. These books have loads for different powders as well as different bullet manufacturers. I bought some 165 gr Speer BTSP from Gander because I needed them for the upcoming week and could not wait for Midway. I'm going up next Monday bow hunting and starting next Thursday we have a four day antler-less firearm hunt in Wisconsin and want to break this gun in.

I went with the 165 gr, because as you know Tango the Whitetails are bigger in Wisconsin. I could not find a load for 3031 for the Speer bullet as I normally load by bullet manufacturer, although, I appreciate your recommendation. I'm hoping the 4064 will work as it only burns a little slower than the 3031 and I have had good luck with 4064 in my Garand and the black gun. If this receipt does not work, I'll have to break down and buy the 3031 and tries some 150 grainers. At any rate, I want to again thank you guys for your input. Hunter Joe

p3cwst 10-09-2009 09:48 PM

Imr 4064
I shoot 49.0 grains IMR 4064 with the 168 grain Sierra MK in my 30M1 Garand and the same load for hunting in my pre-64 featherweight Model 70 with a 165 grain anything (but mostly the Hornady SP). Favored primer is the Federal 210M for both loads.
This combination just consistently works well and accurately with any 30-06 I've shot it in.

hunter Joe 10-10-2009 02:13 PM

I also shoot 168 gr. Sierra MK, although, I'm running 48 grs. 4064 with the Fed. 210 Match primer through my Garand and I'm very satisfied with the results.

I had some 180 gr. Sierra Pro Hunters loaded with 47 grs. of 4064 loaded as a hunting load for the Garand and thought I'd try them in the Savage. I shot 20 of the 180 gr. rounds through the savage last week trying to zero in the 3x9 Nikon and that damned rifle almost had me crying like a little girl. Seems that the hard plastic butt plate was not conducive to my shoulder. So I'm not sure if it was the rounds or me that had me all over the map. At any rate. I thought I'd try the 165 gr. for hunting and I put a Limb Saver recoil pad on the firearm last night for comfort. I'm going to start all over again on Monday. Thanks for your input. Shoot straight and Stay safe, Joe

hunter Joe 10-18-2009 02:00 PM

Here's an update. I loaded the 165 gr. Speer bullets with 50 grs. of 4064 and I'm quite pleased with the results. I was shooting sub 3/4 inch groups off the bench.

Also, the Limbsaver recoil pad was worth every cent I spent on it and I highly recommend this product.

1hole 10-18-2009 09:31 PM

Not surprised with your results at all. The popular idea that most rifles get better accuracy "loaded down" is, IMHO, wrong.

p3cwst 10-19-2009 10:50 AM

48.5 grains IMR4064 works well also but in colder temperatures this load will slightly string vertically. 49.0 grains cures that and is still not too high pressure in warmer ambient temperatures. This 49.0 grain load works VERY well in my old 30M1 with the 168 grain SMK's for NRA NM.

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