Thanks for the welcome. I would agree with your assessment that I have a little more room to play. My primers show no sign of overpressure. Unfortunately that day I had about 20 different loads to shoot and between shooting groups and cleaning it was an all day deal. I will slowly increase my powder charge until I see signs of flattening on the primer.
As for barrel length, right now it has the factory barrel on it which states it is 25.5" which includes the factory break. Not exactly sure how they came up with that number because it does not appear to be that length to me when I throw a tape to it but thats what Remington claims.
It honestly measure just over 24"
I will be looking to change out the barrel within the next year with a custom one but for now I am just feeling the old gal out.
Allen, now things do make perfect sense, which includes your velocity, and your chrono gear. Effectively, you have a usable 24 ish length of barrel, which in turn is the reason tour velocity is a little lower then as would be with a 26 inch tube. In this caliber, and cartridge, that two inches can easily represent as much as 50 fps per inch, give or take a little. Which in turn would put you at about 3100 or there a bouts, and still have headroom. As my Brother," Gamehawker" said, those rifles are VERY accurate, and I nearly bought one of them myself a while back, and if I get the opportunity again, and my wallet is right, I will own one of them.
Now, if you are wanting to shoot the 168 grain bullets, with your PRESENT set up, you may want to consider a faster powder. The H1000 is much to slow for the barrel you have now, but maybe try, RL19, H4831' either version, and possibly 7828. With one of those powders, I'm sure you will be able to better your speed, without over pressuring the chamber.
I have total faith in your chrono, and believe your numbers are spot on. Good luck in your search, and don't give up on her. That rifle is a shooter, I'll guarantee it! Enjoy!
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