Re: Warbird and 180gr velocities
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In conversation with another "enthusiast" he mentioned consistent 3800 fps velocity from a Warbird. And with a load that is almost identical to one posted here. I was sceptical.
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Evening MT MULEY >> If your "enthusiast" is getting velocities 3750 - 3800 fps, I would bet 10 to 1 he's using a 150 gr. bullet or lighter. From what I've seen using my Warbird, 3800 fps would be physically impossible using anything heavier. My current load uses Lazzeroni's new lot brass, 104 grs. of Retumbo and Federal 215's to break 3500 fps with a 26" barrel. I pushed it to 106 grs. during development but accuracy went to pot & velocity gain was minimal ... not to mention primer pockets being blown, rendering cases useless. And I was crunching powder. I'm not against a compressed load, but seeing what I did during development, I have a hard time believing there'd be even remotely close to enough powder capacity to fuel a 3800 / 180 claim. I could gain with a barrel length more appropiate for the relatively large powder charge (28" - 30", for instance), but with the current case quality available, I've seen nothing to suggest that 3800 fps with 180's would be realistic.
Would love to hear specifics about this "enthusiasts" load and the rifle if you can get them. After working with the Warbird for a while now, what you've reported is one of those "have to see it to believe it" kinda things, I guess. Course, I'd be standing well back from the shooter on trigger pull as it's being proven to me. LOL. Later. >> klallen