Originally Posted by garyx
Just ordered a Christenen Arms Extreme II before the price increase. I havent done alot of reloading so I need some guidance. Going to use either a 180 nosler tipped accubond or a barnes 180 tipped triple x bullet. I am hunting elk and deer and want to hunt long range. Does anybody have some good loads with these bullets. Is the retumbo powder the hot ticket. Going to use nosler cases. Also who's primer. I would appreciate any input.
I've read where some guys are having some "issues" with Nosler brass. I have not. For the 300 RUM, I suggest Federal brass, if you can find it, and/or Nosler brass. If Norma is available, bite the bullet and spend the money on it as first choice.
My opinion: Remington brass is ok but not great quality.
I had a very easy time getting all 3 of these powders to work very well with the 180 Scirocco and the 200 AB: Re25, H1000, and Retumbo.
I just spoke with Mr. Hodgdon this week and discussed how Retumbo is his powder of choice for its repeated consistency lot to lot, temp stability, etc. Regardless, I suggest you buy 5-8 pounds of the SAME lot # so you should be set for a long time.
I've not put any Barnes bullets through this RUM yet as I had such great luck with the 200 AB and 180 Scirocco right from the get go. I have a lot of 180 TSX and TTSX on hand.
Oh, I did try some 180 ABs too but the tips were breaking off so Nosler sent me some 200s so I never finished testing the 180s.