well its been a while since i posted in this thread but a lot of you asked for some numbers and info etc...
first.. I love this rifle... but i will say that I have learned more about reloading/pressure/attention to detail than i ever have gone through with any other chamber... but in the end... this is a good thing.
I tried US869,Retumbo,R25 and H50bmg
bullets I've tried the 130 accubond and the 142 smk (but i have some 130 swifts on the way)
honestly with the numbers this rifle is showing.. its hard for me to not just shoot the 142 smk.. the gain in velocity with the 130 over a 140 is a wash with the weight thrown into the mix...
(now these numbers are REAL world numbers that shoot out of my rifle)
All with 142smk seated to fit the mag:
US869... 99gr 3370-3420 (i say two #s cause it was that erratic)
H50bmg.. 93gr.. 3300 fps and maxed out (makes sense)
Retumbo.. 85gr..3300 max
R25... 87gr.. 3410 STEADY!
Also keep in mind.. Its August in TX.. Its hot! But at least i know where am at for sure!
I did run the smk up to 3490 with R25 but thats a HOT load..no good.
Have not played with the 130gr much.. but so far.. 87gr R25 = 3500fps
i haven't really even shot for groups (at distance) yet.. I have had the smk group in 1/2 moa at 100 just load testing.. but bottom line is.. im not worried about it..