Originally Posted by MudRunner2005
SWEET! 9.25 twist works for me. Good to know I can stabilize the big boys. I bet the STW is gonna be one heavy hittin SOB with those 180's! They say they gave a 0.659 BC, which means they're gonna hit it like a caveman!
I bought a new thing my local store got in by Bullet Proof, called "12 Load Development Samples". It comes with 12 bullets of your choice for $10.00.
Seems kind of high, BUT who wants to buy a whole box for $55.00, then be stuck with 85-90 bullets you'll never use? So, I figured for $10.00 it'll be worth the try.
Those 180g VLDs are awesome bullets. I fell in love with them when I saw them.
My load is 79g of Retumbo and it shoots about 1/2 MOA at 100yds. One thing I did notice about this bullet in my rifle is that I does not like to be jumped. (At least in my rifle) I seat them almost to the lands, but just long enough that I can remove a loaded bullet with out having to pull my bolt. This means that this is a single shot proposition for my rifle.
I decided that I would develop a second "heavy for caliber" load using a 175g Sierra Gameking. This bullet is actually more accurate in my rifle shooting a 1 hole group about .304" with a 77g load of Retumbo seated to fit into my magazine. It's not as fast as the Berger load, but It's extremely accurate. I wanted to be able to shoot my rifle as a repeater in some situations.
Hopefully I'll have the chance this spring to shoot the Bergers at 1000yds and I'll report back when I do.
I'm really excited about Noslers annoucement of the 168g and 175g Long Range Accubonds. They have a listed BC of .652 and .672 respectively. The 6.72 is a higher BC than the Berger. Looks like a great bullet and can be seated to magazine length .
A 1-9.25 Twist should be able to shoot all bullets discussed, but it remains to be seen what your individual rifle will like.
As an alternative to Retumbo you can try:
(As per Quickload)
RL-25 with a Max load of 73g
or H1000 with a Max load of 76g
Hope this helps,