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    I have a springfield 1903 mark I built in 1919. It is of the later serial # so I know the reciver should be fine and it has been go through by a reputable gun smith. my question is of the others that have shot one of these fromthe similar era what was the hottest load you have shot and what was your thoughts on its performance?

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    Similar in age to my dad's 1903. He never bothered with hot loads since the rifling in those are engineered for a specific bullet type and weight at an average speed. He wanted accuracy over everything else. Settled on a Sierra 150g flat base spitzer over IMR 4350. I don't recall the load weight. Open sites and it was less than 1" at 100 yards. Lots of dead deer over three decades. Now the rifle is scoped and he uses boatails, but the same 150g spitzer soft point. Still less than 1" at 100 yards with bad eyesight and closer to 80 years of age than last year.

    If you search you can find where guys were reporting poor accuracy when pushing heavy bullets as fast as they would go. They did not know that those rifles were designed around a specific bullet type.

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    The 174gr was the heaviest military ammo I've seen for the old rifles
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    Just run a GI ball equivalent load. Bullet weight from 150 to 180 gr. Powder of the IMR 4064 variety. Mid range on velocity for a given bullet weight.
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    Quote Originally Posted by AK Ray View Post
    Similar in age to my dad's 1903. He never bothered with hot loads since the rifling in those are engineered for a specific bullet type and weight at an average speed. If you search you can find where guys were reporting poor accuracy when pushing heavy bullets as fast as they would go. They did not know that those rifles were designed around a specific bullet type.
    I'm puzzled about what you are referring to.

    Hasn't the twist rate for the 30-06 always been 1 - 10 ??? Which, has been stabilizing bullet weights from 110 grain to 220 grain throughout it's history?

    If one bullet weight/type is better than another, it's news to me. Of course, all rifles might have their preferences, for specific loads.

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    The O3 started as the 30-03 then went to the new aught6. First ammo I believe was 152gr then 174 gr then 167? ending at something like 158gr like most we had in VN.
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    Thanks guys, This was my great grandfathers gun then my gradfathers. It has a lot of history that goes along with it and I would like to put a page in that book then put it on the wall. I am just trying to figure out what that page will look like.

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    All you wanted to know and more about the 03 and aught 6

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