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    Default Rl19 and the '06

    Anyone using/have used RL19 with the 30-06? Particularly w/ 180grns. I have plenty of '06 loads, most involoving H4350.

    Just one I havent tried, and you know handloaders, feel like I might be missing out on something.

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    Default RL 19 and the 30-06

    Please do not use this data for your gun! I have been shooting 60 grains of RL 19 in WW brass and 180 gr. Barnes X bullets for quite a few years. The rifle is a Mod. 70 Featherweight. It has a 22" barrel and chronographs at a little over 2,800 MV. It has proven to be a very effective hunting load.

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    Thumbs up Rl 19

    tried RL 19 in the 30-06 and 338 Win went back too IMR 4350.
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    Default Loadin' the '06

    I have loaded the 30-06 a bit, every year since 1966. RL-19 is certainly one of the powders I've used, normally for 180 grain and heavier. My favorite load now is with H4350 and the 180 grain partition, 58.0 grains is about 2700-2800 fps, depending on which rifle. RL-19 is slightly slower and and will take about one grain more to equal the velocity of H4350. AA and IMR 4350's are also very good for 180 grainers.

    I've had some good results with Vihta N160 but it seems to be very well suited for the 165 grain loads and is a top notch propellant for them. All of these powders will fill a case and that is a good thing, you'll find that a 6-8" drop tube will help get the RL-19 in the case when using 180 grain bullets. For guns that will take a 60 grian charge of it I would say that's about all we can get in the case, so that usually is a good match.

    My old SAKO's favorite load is a caseful of RL-19 with the 180 partition, but the other '06's in the corral seem to prefer the new H4350.

    RL-19 is almost identical in burn to the IMR-4831, also a good powder for this old warhorse.
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    Thanks for everyone's in-sight. I have a little left that I bought for a .280, I guess I will give it a try. It's seems tuff to beat any 4350. Every rifle I reload for (.280-.375) has a pet load involving a 4350. I think I might break down and buy the BIG jug.

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    Thumbs up Imr 4350

    30-06 Favorite Load

    56.0 of IMR 4350
    180 Nosler
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    WW Brass
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    Have not tried R19 in the '06 yet, but intend to do so when the weather warms up. I am VERY impressed with R22 in the '06. I am consistently getting OVER 3000fps with 165gr/61grs...the next best (that I have tried:IMR4350) is around 2800 in my rifle. I really have to wonder if R22 is Hornady's "magic" in their 30-06 Light Mag loads. Gonna have to try R22 with the Nosler 180's. I've stopped buying 4350...

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