I rediscovered an obvious fact while playing with my 243 this last 2 months. It is beneficial to shoot one of my hunting rifles literally hundreds of times. I have a scoped 3006 and an iron sighted 3006. I don't shoot them much because they are not my cast bullet match rifles. It is embarrassing to admit but the last few years I have actually been using factory ammo for deer hunting. It is time for a change of attitude.
I like the whole Bunny Gun postal match concept. I was going to use 22 LR guns this year because I have never fired a PB cast bullet in a centerfire rifle - again an embarrassing factoid. You see where this is going. I want to use the 2 - 3006 rifles and I am hoping to make it a fairly painless exercise in load development by taking advantage of the expertise here.
I already have a mold for the Harris 160 gr bullet and a mold for the NOE 160 FN 30-30 bullet. Either of these look like good candidates. In addition some research I have done lead to the Accurate 31-155 D which is a PB design for the 3006. A new mold is always good. My other 30 cal molds are all for longer heavier designs than seems to be needed at 50 yards.
I have several powders on hand but I have no experience with powder selection for a PB load.
Thoughts, input, help?