200 grain Wildcat\'s at 100 yards - next step
As you may know I recently tried the 200 grain Wildcat ULD RBBT’s in my 7mm Wby in a ladder test. That proved more successful than I had thought it would be so I went onto the next step.
I went out this morning with a bunch of different loads using the 200 grain Wildcat bullets in my 7mm Wby to try for grouping at 100 yards.
One load went into .200", one load went into 1/4", two went into 3/8" and one was 1/2". Several were in the ¾”-1” range. These were three shot groups at 100 yards. I tried 12 loads total.
This is out of a 26” factory buggy whip barrel so I find the results quite promising.
The .200" load averaged 2880 fps. with an ES of 15. Norma brass with all of the usual prep work, WC872 powder and Federal 215 primers. Elevation was 2770', temp was 72 degrees, barometer was 30.10 and wind was 1 mph or less. Could just tell there was a very slight breeze at times.
I had loads up to an average of 2937 fps but they weren't as accurate. The one load that averaged 2937 was really weird because it was the only load that averaged well over 2900 and it wasn't the hottest load, by charge weight. It also had an ES of 3, but was not the most accurate load at 100 yards. I actually tried 6 loads that were hotter by charge weight. I'll give up the 50-60 fps or so in velocity to get more accuracy.
Now I'll get some loaded up and try them at longer ranges. I will try all of the most accurate loads, including the 2937 fps load, at longer ranges because sometimes a load will do better at longer range than at 100, sometimes it will do worse. You never know until you try the combo in your gun.
I know they work at 100 and soon I'll know if they work at longer ranges, at least in my gun.
This is still just an experiment and I absolutely don't consider my combination anywhere near the ideal setup to be shooting these big pills. I just like doing the testing and seeing what will work, in my gun.
Bring on the "ideal combination", the 7mm Allen Magnum and things will really get interesting.