- Sep 26, 2004
I was hoping someone could run a quickload estimate for a load I encountered while serving as a safety adviser at my club range. According the label on the shooter's ammo box, he was shooting a Remington 700 30-06 with 165 gr Nosler Ballistic Tips, Winchester cases, Winchester large rifle primers and 57.0 gr of Varget! I mentioned to him that, based on my recollection, that load was well in excess of anything I had seen in any published loading manual, and might not be safe. He replied that his father had worked up the load 15 years ago and that he had been using it for the past several years without any problems. I was surprised that the loads seemed to extract fine, and the brass didn't appear to show any signs of excess pressure. (Maybe they were loaded with 4350 and merely labeled incorrectly on the box, I don't know) But I was curious as to the approximate pressure that would be generated if someone really stuffed 57.0 gr of Varget behind a 165 gr Nosler Ballistic Tip and touched it off in a 30-06. Anyone?