Originally Posted by stuffisgood
Hey guys, I'm just getting started on getting a load going for my stw and would like any input you may have. I started reading the thread, but after about 45 pages I gave up. I bought the rifle a while ago because I have always liked the sound of the cartridge, any M70 is welcome in my safe, and this one had an above average piece of wood. I recently gained access to some hunting land that will allow for the longer shots, so I finally have an excuse to use this beauty
My rifle is a Winchester M70 classic sporter (unfired) wearing a Leupold VX-II 6-18x and a 26" barrel. I've got 100 pieces of new RP brass, Fed 215 primers, H1000 , and some Berger 168 VLD's. I'm ready to load, I would prefer have a good starting point instead of chase my tail in circles burning up materials and my barrel trying to find the right load. I've got load info from Berger and have read about figuring out how much jump a particular rifle prefers with these bullets. If anyone would like to share their load with these 168's and H1000 I would love to hear them.
Stuffisgood, first and foremost, Welcome to the Brotherhood!!! You are in good company here, and info is always flying around on load data, and useful tips and experiences.
It sounds like to me you are well equipped in the gun and scope department, and reloading supplies as well. I was shooting the 168 Berger for a while, but have switched to the Barnes TTSX, TSX, and LRX. The H1000 is a great powder, and your primer selection is perfect. If the 1000 dosen't do the trick, try RL 25, and the same primer you are using. A few of us here have turned to the 25' and have had really good luck with it. It seems as though the speed is better, and more consistent, and pressures are lower.
Your load OAL is going to be in the 3.630 area, as the Winchester box is a little shorter than the the Remys, but believe me, it is no handicap. I to have a Winchester. Mine is a Custom Sharpshooter, and shoots like a dream. Mine will shoot 160 Grand Slams into a knot with 78.0 grains of 25, @ 3.630 all day long. But my load for that gun is 82.0- RL 25-140 partition, with a 215 GM primer. It shoots less than an inch at 200 yards.
You are going to fall in love with this bullet after you figure out what it wants to be fed. I have been shooting this round for about 16 years, and it still gives me goosebumps. But deer don't like it worth a damn!!!!
The Berger info is a good starting point, however it may be a little conservative. I'm thinking if you start around 78-79 grains, that will get you there, and watch for pressure signs, and of course your targets. A chrono is a huge help if you have one. If you don't, get one!! Otherwise you are shooting in the dark. Keep in touch. There are lots of good folks here to help you out a long the way. Nice score!!!!