All this talk about reduced loads, and my readers will start to think that I'm some sort of wild-eyed lunatic. The fact is that I make a lot of standard loads and over the years, I've come to rely on them. I'm also happy to share them. For example.
.38 Special. 4.3 grains of Unique under a 158 grain semiwadcutter or round nose bullet.
,38 Special . 2.7 grains of Bulseye under a 148 wadcutter.
.357 Magnum. 14.5 grains of 2400 under a 158 semiwadcutter. You might want a gas check
.44 Special. 7.5 grains of Unique under a 240 SWC. This is Skeeter's Load.
.44 Magnum. 19.0 grains of 2400 under a 240 SSWC.
.243 Win. 45.5 grains of Reloder 22 under a 100 grain Hornady. This gives me 3100 fps.
.25-06 Rem. 50.0 grains of Reloder 22 under anyone's 117. Accurate in every rifle I've shot it in.
.308 Win. 43.0 grains of Reloder 15 under anyone's 165/168. Very accurate load.
.30-06. 47.0 grains of IMR 4895 under a 150 grain bullet. This is almost the Garand load
.30-06 61.0 grains of Reloder 19 under a 150 Nosler Ballistic Tip. This load is getting hot, better than 2900 fps. Approach with caution. Kills deer like crazy.
.30-06. 60 grains of Reloder 22 under anyone's 165/168. This is actually a fairly mild load, showing only 2700 fps across the screens, but it gets the job done in true .30-06 fashion.
.30-30 Win. 29.0 grains of IMR 3031 and anyone's 170 RN bullet. The go-to load for .30-30 used to be 30 grains of 3031, but at the turn of the century, 3031 changed and everyone backed off a grin.
UPDATE: How could I forget .45 ACP? My standard load is 4.5 grains of Bullseye under either a cast or jacketed 230 grain roundnose bullet. That's the only load I've ever used for that caliber.
Again, all the standard cautions apply, but I think anyone who uses these loads will be on firm ground. They've served me for two decades. As far as I know, they're all published loads, although I have to admit I haven't double-checked this year, but I haven't loaded any centerfire this year.
Again, as in all things, use this data at your own risk. They work in my guns. Your guns may be different.