I've been concentrating as of late on my new 30-06, my 7mm Mag, and most recently my 243. Just having fan really and looking to find combos for the first two for possibly big game and or coyotes and specifically with the 243 for coyotes. Some of you might remember from my post on my 30-06 it is a Rem 700 ADL which was wearing a Nichols 3x9 scope and had about a six pound trigger pull. Even with that horrid trigger I was getting tight groups with Federal power shok ammo. Well, I recently took it in to my gunsmith who gave it a nice trigger job (just under three pounds which I like for hunting) and he also lapped and trued up the scope mounts and boresighted a Luepold Riflemen 3x9 power for me on it. Took it to the range and found with that trigger I was constantly hitting 1 to 1/2 inch three shot groups with that Federal 150 gr power shok ammo at a 100. Next it was time to try some reloads. I'll spare you the data on the recipe that didn't impress me (2 to 3 inch groups at a 100) and give you the data on the one that shined.
The bullet was a 165 gr Nosler Ballistic Tip using Win virgin necksized brass. This was being pushed by H 4350 and CCI BR2 bench rest primers. My Max COL was the standard 3.34 for the -06. As I didn't have a Nosler manual I followed the data from a Hornady book for their 165 gr bullets and went from the lowest to their max load and looking for signs of high pressures as I shot each load up to max. The hornady book used a Model 70 with 23 inch barrel for their testing so my 22 inch barrel should be close to it's listed velocities but as I don't have a chronograph so don't know exactly.
The loads were as follows:
1st 52.3 grs listed as 2500 fps
2nd 54.5 grs listed as 2600 fps
3rd 56.7 grs listed as 2800 fps
4th 58.9 grs listed as 2900 fps