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.30-06 and 165 gr Grand Slam

Old 07-02-2004, 05:52 PM
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Default .30-06 and 165 gr Grand Slam

Ok, I just bought a box of 165 grain Speer Grand Slams to try in my .30-06. I have the Speer #12 Manual and it states a starting load of 54 grains, and a max load of 58 grains. I know they have a new one out, and it seems that EVERY manufacturer that comes out with an updated manual changes the charges. Could someone double check this for me with a #13 manual. I am sure that 55 or 56 grains of IMR 4350 should be safe, as I am shooting a Sierra Gameking (165) right now with 55 grains of 4350. I have tried a Corelokt (my grandpa's handloads) and the Gameking thus far, and just want to try something new. Give me something to compare. I have also tried other powders, and 4350 seems to be the best for my gun.
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Old 07-02-2004, 06:42 PM
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Go for it Charlie.....the load is OK...I'd start with 53 grains and work up from there.....and I sure hope you have better luck with accuracy from ther Grand Slams than I have.
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I was thinking of trying the grand slams...what kind of problems did you have with them??
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Old 07-05-2004, 06:58 PM
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I've bought Grand Slams for 25, 27, 30 and .338 cals and tested them in my guns for hunting loads and have never had therm shoot good. A friend has had the same experience.

I think they'll work fine for most hunting but 2.5" groups just don't trip my trigger. I've had good luck with other premium bullets such as A-Frames and Northforks and even Noslers Accubonds. I assume Hornady's innerbonds are good too but just never been successful with the Grand Slams.
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Old 07-05-2004, 08:12 PM
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I too have never had luck with grand slams. Best I could do is 2.5" groups out of my 300RUM with 180gr.
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I noticed that when weighing the .30 cal Grand Slams on my scale, that they varied as much as 3 grains from bullet to bullet in a lot of 50.
My groups at 100 yards were about 2"
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