Originally Posted by Sako7STW
Thanks Fire306, that gives me some great info for testing my new bullets. I think I am going to try H-1000 first as i too am concerned with temperature sensitivity of RL22&25 as it has already proved to be a problem for me.
On another note. I have been thinking. I wouldn't buy a bad arse hotrod to only drive 55 MPH so why the heck would I buy Bergers to shoot out of my 7mmSTW and only get 3200 FPS and risk grenadeing? No Bergers for this STW cat!
Pushing the 168gr Berger VLD past 3200 with the Sako and the factory 26" barrel is pushing them pretty hard. It all depends on what you are doing with the rifle, if you are paper punching, no problem. The issue 7stw spoke of was that at or above 3200 fps he experienced penetration problems on game. Maybe he will chime in and clarify if the problem was likely the impact velocity was too high, or is pushing them that fast had some effect on the structural integrity of the bullet. The bullet will loose approx. 200fps by the time it reaches 200yards, thus the impact speed wouldn't be too high. My luck though, that's when that buck or bull of a lifetime strolls out at 75 yards. That's why I wanted to stay at or just under 3200.
It's strange how different loads can be in different rifles. A friend of mine has a custom built STW that he had built for him not long after Layne wrote about it in Shooting Times. I don't remember the specs of his rifle except that it to has a 26" barrel. His go to load is 80gr of H1000 pushing 160gr Nosler Accubonds at 3300fps. The same load in my Sako 26" barrel barely breaks 3000fps.
That's the fun part of rifles and reloading. Trying to find that magical load for each rifle.