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Old March 12th, 2018, 09:24 PM #11
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How many of the original handloads do you have left? I'll bet if you pulled some of them down, measured all of the components and checked the powder type and flash rate you could get really close. Throw a few original and new loads through a chrono and you could dial it in.

For as infrequently as you sound to shoot it, keep it as a treasured remembrance and enjoy the accuracy.
Perrin, the post I quoted ^^^^^^^^^^ is THE answer.

"I" wouldn't change a thing on that rifle, until the groups opened up to look like a scattergun pattern!!!!
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The photographs here may help you determine the powder mfg by properties, ie. flake, ball, stick, etc.

National Center for Forensic Science- Powder Library

http://www.ilrc.ucf.edu/powders/search.php#

Go to the physical description tab.
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The 6mm-06 has the same case capacities as the .240 Weatherby and the 6mm-.284 . I found some references that you could use starting loads for the above as starting loads for 6mm-06 .

Back in the day , those handloads were almost certainly 4831. Because that was the slowest powder then available to handloaders, but still too fast for optimal . Brad lists some suitable newer powders .

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My late father always had an interest in building a 6mm-06 aka 6mm Rockchucker . But alas never got around before his health failed .
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Perrin, the post I quoted ^^^^^^^^^^ is THE answer.

"I" wouldn't change a thing on that rifle, until the groups opened up to look like a scattergun pattern!!!!
You know this was one of Bob J's rifles. The handloads were worked up and loaded for him by the smith that built the rifle. Wish I knew who built it.

Thanks everyone for the input. I have maybe 30 rounds of the original ammo left. I stopped shooting the rifle due to the dwindling ammo supply.
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Is the 6mm-06 a Winchester factory barrel? If so I may be a rare special order gun and worth big bucks. If it was rechambered for 6mm-06, I would look for a NOS pre 64 barrel, in one of the calibers that "dist1646" suggested and have a known Model 70 gunsmith rebarrel it for you, after I had shot out the 6mm-06 barrel. It sounds like a great long distance Groundhog gun as it is now chambered.

There ate several for sale on Gunbroker, But must will need to be refinished.

https://www.gunbroker.com/Gun-Parts/...%2070%20barrel
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4831 and 4350 were my go to powders in my 6.5x55 days. Your 6-06 should do as well with them.
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Wildcats really don't interest me so I don't really want to work up the load.
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A 6-06 has to be a barrel burner. Might be fun on a prairie dog hunt in West Texas. Having messed around with an Ackley improved in my younger years, I understand your disinterest in wildcats.

I always wanted a 25-06 but that isn't that much different than what you have now. How about a 35 whelan, which is commercially available. You probably already have a 30-06 and a 7x57 isn't going to our shoot a 308.

That's a really nice group.
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I'd leave it alone if it shoots that good. 6-06 is not that hard to form brass or load for. Now if you would like to use the rifle for something else a barrel change may make sense, what would be your intended use?
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I'd leave it alone if it shoots that good. 6-06 is not that hard to form brass or load for. Now if you would like to use the rifle for something else a barrel change may make sense, what would be your intended use?
I honestly hadn't thought of a uae other than pucnching paper out past 600. My 308's give me great results out that far. The limitation is most likely caused by my lack of long range practice.


Guess it's time to start a new thread and see who would be willing to help me work up safe loads in 6mm-06 that get this kind of result.

Just what I need another project.
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With the 6mm-06, think 1000y or more. I would consider it a good thing to try LRC shooting with, using bullets from the 6mm BR, 6mm Creedmoor, or 6mm-284. Has to be data out there for that.
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