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 Post subject: Back to the range with 30-06 and RL26
PostPosted: Sat Feb 10, 2018 2:33 pm 

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2875fps out of a 22” barrel with 180 Accubonds is more than impressive. I’m going to load up some more to test out in different conditions over time.

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 Post subject: Re: Back to the range with 30-06 and RL26
PostPosted: Sat Feb 10, 2018 2:44 pm 

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Wow that's impressive!

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 Post subject: Re: Back to the range with 30-06 and RL26
PostPosted: Sat Feb 10, 2018 2:46 pm 

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My ES was 12fps on this load when I chronoed it a week ago


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 Post subject: Re: Back to the range with 30-06 and RL26
PostPosted: Sat Feb 10, 2018 2:55 pm 
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That's a great load, RL 26 really seems to shine in a lot of different cartridges.

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PostPosted: Sat Feb 10, 2018 4:23 pm 

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Very impressive, indeed. I believe that load will work. It has everything--velocity, accuracy and a great bullet. What's not to like.

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PostPosted: Sat Feb 10, 2018 6:16 pm 

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Nice! Making me anxious to get out and shoot the ones I loaded up.


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 Post subject: Re: Back to the range with 30-06 and RL26
PostPosted: Sat Feb 10, 2018 6:55 pm 

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Forgive my ignorance but is reloader26 a newer powder? I don't recall seeing it in any of my reloading books.

My 3006 with a 24 inch barrel gets about 2775 fps with 62 gr. Max charge of r22 with the 180 accubond. So you squeaked out 100 fps more with a 2 inch shorter barrel with r26. Not bad. I might have to give that a try.

Where did you find load charts for the 3006 with r 26? I checked their website and they don't have a recipe for 3006 with r 26

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PostPosted: Sat Feb 10, 2018 7:38 pm 

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Wow. Excellent results. Great shooting load right there.

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Wow. Excellent results. Great shooting load right there.

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PostPosted: Sat Feb 10, 2018 8:08 pm 

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Very nice


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 Post subject: Re: Back to the range with 30-06 and RL26
PostPosted: Sun Feb 11, 2018 5:41 am 

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ShamrockShooter wrote:
Forgive my ignorance but is reloader26 a newer powder? I don't recall seeing it in any of my reloading books.

My 3006 with a 24 inch barrel gets about 2775 fps with 62 gr. Max charge of r22 with the 180 accubond. So you squeaked out 100 fps more with a 2 inch shorter barrel with r26. Not bad. I might have to give that a try.

Where did you find load charts for the 3006 with r 26? I checked their website and they don't have a recipe for 3006 with r 26

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Yes, RL26 is a new powder from Alliant. Not a ton of data available yet, but Dr Mike graciously ran a QL for me to use for load development. This is about 125fps faster than I’ve been able to get out of I4350

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 Post subject: Re: Back to the range with 30-06 and RL26
PostPosted: Sun Feb 11, 2018 7:51 am 

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Have you noticed and difference in recoil from the former powder to the present RL26 ? More or less?
Also, what primer is used with your load ?

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PostPosted: Sun Feb 11, 2018 12:33 pm 

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I’m using CCI 200s, and I was surprised that there was no discernible difference when shooting the different loads from the bench. Of course, they’re all powder puffs compared to the Tikka T3 light that I recently traded.


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PostPosted: Sun Feb 11, 2018 6:29 pm 

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Thanks for the reply. You certainly have a terrific load there. The velocity is amazing considering the 22" barrel. 8) Best of luck this season. Anxious to hear your results.

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PostPosted: Sun Feb 11, 2018 6:47 pm 

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Great load and rifle. Very Nice.


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PostPosted: Sun Feb 11, 2018 7:25 pm 

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That some fine shooting. I had mixed results with 180 AB in my 30/06 with H4350 and RL-17 , so I shelved them in favor of 210 VLD Bergers. Now that I have a good supply of RL-26 I might revisit them this spring.


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PostPosted: Sun Feb 11, 2018 11:32 pm 
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Nice! (y)

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 Post subject: Re: Back to the range with 30-06 and RL26
PostPosted: Mon Feb 12, 2018 5:42 am 

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Good load, I have to ask and was mention in other post. Did you have any problems seating bullet?

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PostPosted: Mon Feb 12, 2018 10:00 am 

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It was a FULL case of powder, but no problems seating the bullet. I didn’t use a drop tube, but I poured each load slowly from the pan, and it settled slightly into the neck. When I poured it faster it settled closer to the center of the neck.


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PostPosted: Mon Feb 12, 2018 7:40 pm 

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EastTNHunter wrote:
It was a FULL case of powder, but no problems seating the bullet. I didn’t use a drop tube, but I poured each load slowly from the pan, and it settled slightly into the neck. When I poured it faster it settled closer to the center of the neck.


Thanks, I may give it a try.

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PostPosted: Tue Feb 13, 2018 12:27 pm 

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Excellent! That's 300 H&H speed there! In the early 90's I had a douglas barreled '06, 23" that went 2910 with the Hornady Light Magnum 180 and 2970 with the Federal High Energy 180 Partition loads. I killed a big cow elk with the Hornady LMs (before I had tested the Federals) Anything over 2700 fps with a 180/'06 is excellent!


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PostPosted: Tue Feb 13, 2018 5:08 pm 

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Great results on both fronts! Impressive speed for sure with a 22" barrel and the accuracy of the load, gun, and shooter is commendable.


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 Post subject: Re: Back to the range with 30-06 and RL26
PostPosted: Wed Feb 14, 2018 4:07 pm 

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I just shot some 180 BT's with RL26 in Hornady brass, also with CCI 200's and seated to 3.34" in a 22" barrel. I got:

62.5- 2818
63.0- 2830
63.5- 2836
64.0- 2873
64.5- 2879

I'm attributing my slower speeds to the fact that this Hornady brass has a hair more case capacity than Winchester. Even 64.5 grains was just getting up towards the bottom of the neck. Three of those five shots would have been well under MOA. I might try to go a little higher. But I might also load up a set at 63 and see if 2830ish will group well.


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 Post subject: Re: Back to the range with 30-06 and RL26
PostPosted: Wed Feb 14, 2018 9:57 pm 

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jason miller wrote:
I just shot some 180 BT's with RL26 in Hornady brass, also with CCI 200's and seated to 3.34" in a 22" barrel. I got:

62.5- 2818
63.0- 2830
63.5- 2836
64.0- 2873
64.5- 2879

I'm attributing my slower speeds to the fact that this Hornady brass has a hair more case capacity than Winchester. Even 64.5 grains was just getting up towards the bottom of the neck. Three of those five shots would have been well under MOA. I might try to go a little higher. But I might also load up a set at 63 and see if 2830ish will group well.


64-64.5 looks pretty good to. That’s hauling some mail.

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