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I am looking for recommendations on ball powder to use to load 3006 that would be Garand safe and also work in my 1903's and 1917. I will be using 150 grain and 168 grain bullets. I have several good loads using IMR 4895, but would like to use my Dillon to load plincking ammo and they do not work so well with stick powders. I understand about the Garand pressure curves and m2 ball equivalency. I have on hand AA2460, BL-c2. I would not have a problem searching out other powders if necessary. Thank you for your advice.
 

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Yes, spherical powders will meter more consistently than stick powders, but I doubt it will make much difference unless shooting beyond about 300 yards.

The spherical powders are usually more dense than stick, so they don't fill the case as much - which reduces the consistency of how the powder ignites.

Also, with typical 30-06 loads for a 150 grain bullet, even a plus/minus 0.5 grain difference in powder weight won't affect the poi that much at 300 yards and closer.

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Find some surplus WC852. It is great in 30 cal and 8mm mauser calibers.
wc852 is all i use for .30/06 because i have 2 jugs of it. there is no load data for it because it varied in burn rate from lot to lot. i just load to velocity and accuracy.
 

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I'd like to try some H335 for 150 grain bullets in my garand when I can find some
 
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Accurate 2700 has been working very well for me for a few thousand rounds in many matches.

Of course, I'm out, and now have a supply of IMR 4985 anyway.
 
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Be careful using anything slower then IMR 4064. Those rifles aren't getting any cheaper...
 
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Just polish the powder hopper on that 550 and the IMR will meter decent enough for the M1/M1A, I can usually get +/- .2 on powder drops and that's good enough for plinking accuracy.
 
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Accurate 2230 or ball c2 are both good choices. The accurate arms loading manual has a full section of garand safe loads and I assume most powder manuals would have something similar
 
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