|Welcome to the site Stan...I load .30-06 using 165 grain SBT, 165 grain HPBT and 180 grain SBT. All three are Sierra Game Kings. My favorite powder is Hodgdon H4831 SC. |
I do believe that Vince can help you the most as he is an Aussie resident too and knows what powders you can get there. So I'll back out and refer you to him...
Thanks Bushy. We can get pretty well most powders here in Australia, but the cheapest by far are the ADI powders.
Stan, how are you mate. My personal preference for powders, as I mentioned above, are the ADI range because of price and also they are bloody good powders. Having said that, have a good look through Hunting Nut for load data. Pick the load you fancy and give it a go. Remember, what works in one firearm does not necessarily work in another, so it can work out expensive trying to find a powder/bullet combination that your rifle likes.
Having said that, when you find a load that someone else swears by by all means give it a go, however, ALWAYS start your load development 10% below the load they recommend watching carefully for signs of pressure.
Always compare handload data from another person with load data from the powder and bullet manufacturers. Their data is available on the net usually for free. Have a look at this thread mate:
ADI Handloaders Guide
If you have a question mate simply jump in and ask away. Better to ask a silly question than make a stupid mistake. There is probably hundreds of years of reloading experience in this Forum and each and every guy here is happy to offer the benefit of his experience.
Good luck with your venture, we look forward to hearing how it is going.