Springfield

The .30-06 Springfield is actually a modified version of the Cartridge, Caliber .30, Model of1903. The original cartridge had a 220-grain, round-nosed FMJ bullet with a muzzle velocity of 2,300 FPS.

As a result of ballistic experiments in Europe, the U. S. Army modified the .30-03 cartridge by shortening the neck 0.070" and loading a short pointed bullet weighing 150 grains to a muzzle velocity of 2,700 FPS. This cartridge then became known as the Caliber .30, Model of 1906 or simply the .30-06 Springfield.

On January 9, 1936, the U.S. Army accepted an experimental rifle submitted by John Garand and standardized it as the U.S. Rifle, caliber .30, M 1. As a service rifle, the M 1 was used primarily with the caliber .30 M2 cartridge. This is the cartridge that the gas system was calibrated to operate with.

High Power Rifle competitors were for years blessed with an abundance of U.S. Government Match ammunition (M72 Match) using a 173 grain FMJ/BT bullet.

The loads shown below using the 150 and 168 grain bullets were developed with powders of the correct burn rate for the Garand's gas system to approximate the performance of the M2 Ball and M72 Match ammo.

.30-06 SPRINGFIELD

Gun

WILSON

Max Length

2.494"

Barrel Length

24"

Trim Length

2.474"

Primer

CCI 200

OAL Max

3.340"

Case

IMI

OAL Min

2.940"

STARTLOADS

MAXIMUMLOADS

Cartridge

Bullet

Powder

Grains

Vel.

Powder

Grains

Vel.

P.S.I..

Length Comment

PMC 150 FMJ

2015

43.2

2535

2015

4B.0

2BB1

5B,400

3.250"

2230

44.5

2521

2230

49.4

2B65

57,900

2460

44.6

2519

2460

49.5

2B62

5B,500

2495

46.4

255B

2495

51.5

2907

5B,300

2520

46.1

2526

2520

51.2

2B70

5B,200

4064

49.0

26B2

4064

54.5

304B

5B,700

2700

53.1

25B0

2700

59.0

2932

54,900

START LOADS

MAXIMUM LOADS

Cartridge

Bullet

Powder

Grains

Vel.

Powder

Grains

Vel.

P.S.I.

Length

SRA 168 HPBT

2015

41.0

2385

2015

45.5

2710

59,000

3.295"

2230

41.4

2343

2230

46.0

2663

58,800

2460

42.0

2340

2460

46.7

2659

58,800

2495

42.3

2382

2495

47.0

2707

57,300

2520

42.8

2359

2520

47.5

2681

58,000

2700

48.6

2404

2700

54.0

2732

57,700

.308 WINCHESTER

Gun

HS PRECISION

Max Length

2.015"

Barrel Length

24"

Trim Length

1.995"

Primer

CCI 200

OAL Max

2.810"

Case

REM

OAL Min

2.490"

STARTLOADS

MAXIMUMLOADS

Cartridge

Bullet

Powder

Grains

Vel.

Powder

Grains

Vel.

C.U.P.

Length Comment

SRA 168 HPBT

2015BR

36.0

2325

2015

40.0

2642

50,500

2.800"

2230

37.8

2297

2230

42.0

2610

49,500

2460

38.3

2289

2460

42.5

2601

48,600

2495

40.1

2336

2495

44.5

2654

47,900

Compressed

2520

40.5

2387

2520

45.0

2712

50,200

2700

42.3

2194

2700

47.0

2493

48,800

Compressed

SRA 175 HPBT

2230

36.0

2244

2230

40.0

2551

60,000*

2.800"

2460

36.4

2242

2460

40.5

2548

58,500*

2520

37.8

2285

2520

42.0

2597

61,000*

4064

39.1

2303

4064

43.5

2618

59,300*

2700

42.3

2280

2700

47.0

2591

57,800*

Compressed

SRA 180 HPBT

2230

36.0

2146

2230

40.0

2439

48,800

2.800"

2460

37.4

2177

2460

41.5

2474

49,500

2495

38.7

2281

2495

43.0

2592

50,800

2520

40.1

2302

2520

44.5

2616

49,200

2700

42.3

2174

2700

47.0

2470

40,000

Compressed

SRA 190 HPBT

2230

34.7

2084

2230

38.5

2368

47,700

2.800"

2460

35.1

2083

2460

39.0

2367

46,400

2495

36.0

2108

2495

40.0

2395

45,300

2520

37.4

2128

2520

41.5

2418

47,100

2700

40.5

2035

2700

45.0

2312

46,000

SRA220 HPBT

2230

32.4

1883

2230

36.0

2140

45,300

2.800"

2460

33.3

1911

2460

37.0

2172

46,200

2495

34.7

1959

2495

38.5

2226

47,300

2520

34.2

1896

2520

38.0

2154

44,900

2700

37.8

1900

2700

42.0

2159

48,300

.30-06 SPRINGFIELD

Gun

WILSON

Max Length

2.494"

Barrel Length

24"

Trim Length

2.474"

Primer

CCI 200

OAL Max

3.340"

Case

IMI

OAL Min

2.940"

START LOADS

MAXIMUMLOADS

Cartridge

Bullet

Powder

Grains

Vel.

Powder

Grains

Vel.

P.S.I.

Length Comment

SRA 175 HPBT

2015

40.0

2359

2015

44.5

2681

58,800

3.290" RP cases

2230

39.6

2323

2230

44.0

2640

59,500

2460

40.9

2334

2460

45.5

2653

58,700

2520

41.8

2341

2520

46.5

2661

57,000

4064

45.0

2456

4064

50.0

2792

57,900

2700

48.6

2429

2700

54.0

2761

58,200

4350*

51.3

2486

4350

57.0

2825

56,300

Compressed

3100*

53.1

2341

3100

59.0

2661

48,800

Compressed

SRA 180 HPBT

2015

40.1

2277

2015

44.5

2588

59,300

3.290"

2230

39.6

2260

2230

44.0

2568

60,000

2460

41.2

2255

2460

45.8

2563

55,800

2495

41.0

2284

2495

45.5

2595

59,500

2520

42.1

2275

2520

46.8

2585

57,000

2700

49.5

2328

2700

55.0

2646

56,000

4350

51.3

2389

4350

57.0

2715

56,400

Compressed

3100

53.1

2298

3100

59.0

2611

53,300

Compressed

SRA 190 HPBT

2015

38.7

2193

2015

43.0

2492

60,000

3.325"

2230

39.6

2180

2230

44.0

2477

56,600

2460

41.0

2233

2460

45.5

2537

58,400

2495

39.6

2193

2495

44.0

2492

59,100

2520

41.0

2212

2520

45.5

2514

58,400

2700

46.8

2217

2700

52.0

2519

53,700

4350

50.0

2343

4350

55.5

2663

60,000

Compressed

3100

53.1

2265

3100

59.0

2574

53,200

Compressed

* Loads can produce excessive port pressure in the M-1 Garand rifle and should not be used in this rifle.

.300 HOLLAND & HOLLAND MAGNUM

Gun

DOUGLAS

Max Length

2.850"

Barrel Length

26"

Trim Length

2.820"

Primer

CCI 250

OAL Max

3.600"

Case

WW

OAL Min

3.420"

START LOADS

MAXIMUM LOADS

Cartridge

Bullet

Powder

Grains

Vel.

Powder

Grains

Vel.

C.U.P.

Length

Comment

SRA 180 HPBT

2700

61.8

2729

2700

65.0

2903

51,400

3.640"

4350

63.5

2639

4350

70.5

2999

51,700

3100

70.2

2705

3100

78.0

3074

53,600

Compressed

SRA200 HPBT

2700

58.0

2575

2700

61.0

2739

54,000

3.665"

4350

58.5

2479

4350

65.0

2817

51,000

3100

65.7

2563

3100

73.0

2912

52,900

Gun

DOUGLAS

Max Length

2.500"

Barrel Length

26"

Trim Length

2.480"

Primer

CCI 250

OAL Max

3.290"

Case

WW

OAL Min

--

START LOADS

MAXIMUMLOADS

Cartridge

Bullet

Powder

Grains

Vel.

Powder

Grains

Vel.

P.S.I.

Length Comment

SRA 168 HPBT

4350

61.7

2681

4350

68.5

3047

61,600

3.265"

3100

66.2

2707

3100

73.5

3076

61,300

8700

74.7

2402

8700

83.0

2729

50,100

Compressed

SRA 180 HPBT

4350

59.4

2578

4350

66.0

2929

59,900

3.250"

3100

65.3

2608

3100

72.5

2964

61,200

8700

73.8

2329

8700

82.0

2647

51,100

SRA 190 HPBT

4350

58.5

2541

4350

65.0

2888

59,100

3.300"

3100

65.1

2645

3100

72.3

3006

63,500

8700

73.4

2385

8700

81.5

2710

47,600

SRA200 HPBT

4350

57.6

2474

4350

64.0

2811

62,500

3.320"

3100

63.9

2570

3100

71.0

2921

62,600

8700

72.0

2250

8700

80.0

2557

43,400

SRA220 HPBT

4350

56.7

2328

4350

63.0

2646

61,000

3.310"

3100

63.0

2407

3100

70.0

2735

61,500

8700

72.0

2225

8700

80.0

2528

47,400

.300 WINCHESTER MAGNUM

Gun

DOUGLAS

Max Length

2.620"

Barrel Length

24"

Trim Length

2.600"

Primer

CCI 200

OAL Max

3.340"

Case

REM

OAL Min

3.280"

START LOADS

MAXIMUM LOADS

Cartridge

Bullet

Powder Grains Vel.

Powder Grains Vel.

P.SI.

Length Comment

SRA

168 HPBT

64.8 66.2

2781 2693 2592

2700 4350 3100

67.0 72.0 73.5

2959 3060 2945

61,900 63,200 57,200

3.475"

SRA

180 HPBT

2700

62.7

2706

2700

66.0

2879

62,800

3.450"

4350

62.1

2547

4350

69.0

2894

62,200

3100

64.8

2551

3100

72.0

2899

58,300

8700

77.4

2475

8700

86.0

2813

45,100

Compressed

START LOADS

MAXIMUM LOADS

Cartridge

Bullet

Powder

Grains

Vel.

Powder

Grains

Vel.

P.S.I.

Length Comment

SRA 190 HPBT

2700

60.3

2611

2700

63.5

2778

60,600

3.450"

4350

61.2

2518

4350

68.0

2861

63,300

3100

63.0

2467

3100

70.0

2803

59,500

8700

77.4

2475

8700

86.0

2813

49,300

Compressed

SRA200 HPBT

2700

58.9

2535

2700

62.0

2697

61,800

3.340"

4350

57.6

2372

4350

64.0

2696

61,700

3100

62.1

2379

3100

69.0

2703

58,100

8700

77.4

2417

8700

86.0

2747

53,800

Compressed

SIERRA "PALMA" BULLET DATA

The proprietary 155 HPBT bullet developed for the U.S. Palma Authority by Sierra has been released for use by the general public. The obvious users will be Palma Competitors. It should also appeal to those who shoot the M-14/M-1A and the M1 Garand. Accordingly we developed data for the .308 Win and the .30-06 to accommodate these shooters as well as the Palma competitors. The Palma Match bullet requires a muzzle velocity of approximately 2935 fps and a rifling twist of no slower than 1/13" to properly stabilize and remain above the speed of sound at 1,000 yards. The barrels of "Palma" type rifles are sufficiently long to maximize the muzzle velocity. However, the majority of its use will probably be the 200 and 300 yard phases of the National Match Course in order to enhance recovery from recoil in rapid fire. M1 Garand shooters in particular should be happy with a bullet that approximates the projectile weight that the gas system was designed around with the external ballistics and accuracy needed for NRA High Power Competition.

While the .30-06 data is intended for use in the M1 Garand, it should work equally well in bolt guns. Slower propellants probably will not develop sufficient velocity, even in a bolt action, and are not suitable for the Garand's gas system. They are not included for that reason. All loading data shown in this section is considered to be maximum by the technical staff at Accurate Arms Co., Inc. and should be reduced by 10% for starting charges. Do not exceed the loads listed above even if your particular rifle shows no signs of excess pressure.

.308 WINCHESTER

Gun

WILSON

Max Length

2.015"

Barrel Length

24"

Trim Length

1.995"

Primer

FC 210 M

OAL Max

2.810"

Case

LAPUA

OAL Min

2.490"

LOADING DATA

Cartridge

Bullet

Powder

Grains

Vel.

P.S.I.

Length

Comment

SRA 155 "PALMA"

2015

41.5

2761

59,500

2.775 "

2230

43.0

2763

56,300

2460

44.0

2806

58,400

2495

44.0

2828

59,100

2520

46.0

2846

58,800

4064

45.5

2742

46,000 C.U.P.

Compressed

.30-06 GOVERNMENT

Gun

WILSON

Max Length

2.494"

Barrel Length

24"

Trim Length

2.474"

Primer

REM 9"

OAL Max

3.340"

Case

IMI

OAL Min

2.940"

LOADING DATA

Cartridge

Bullet

Powder

Grains

Vel.

P.S.I.

Length

Comment

SRA 155 "PALMA"

2495

48.5

2845

58,700

3.260"

2520

49.0

2822

58,200

4064

53.0

2967

57,500

2700

56.5

2903

58,900

Accurate®

Arms Company Inc.

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