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3 June 2006 - .308" 150gr Hornady #3037 full metal jacket boattail, Remington case, CCI #200 primer, 46.3gr IMR4895 powder, seated to cannelure
PUBLISHED 2,700fps LOAD in Sierra 5th Edition manual (2003) - simulates USGI M2 Ball
Chronograph results show average velocity below 2650fps.
30 April 2007 - .308" 150gr Hornady #3037 full metal jacket boattail, Lake City military case, CCI #250 magnum primer, 49.0gr BL-C(2) powder, seated to cannelure
Chronograph results show average velocity of about 2720fps, for a closer match to USGI M2 Ball. The spherical powder is far easier to dispense than extruded IMR "stick" powder. Magnum primers are recommended for consistent ignition with ball powders, but standard WLR primers in this load won 3rd place of 15 in a CMP Garand match on 5 May 2007, with no evident ignition problems. Later, seating depth was raised to match COAL of USGI M2 Ball, leaving the cannelure exposed, crimping at the new depth with a Lee Factory Crimp Die. This load will also be used with other 150gr FMJ bullets such as surplus/pulled M2 Ball with a lower cannelure meant to be crimped at an appropriate depth for .30-06 and the Garand.
Circa 2010-onward - .308" 150gr Hornady #3037 full metal jacket boattail, Lake City or Greek HXP military case, Winchester WLR primer, 49.0gr BL-C(2) powder, seated beyond cannelure to approximate OAL of M2 Ball, finished with Lee Factory Crimp Die to force new cannelure