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Old 08-01-2010, 09:28 AM
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7 RUM Max Velocity

The gun is a LH Remington stainless with a 26" barrel. Aside from being glass bedded, trigger redone and having a Pachmeyer declerator and mercury supressor added, it is box stock. If shoots the Hornady 162 grain SST into less than 1.5 inchs at 300 yards. I have used these bullets to kill one moose at 380, another at 175, a couple of black bears, one elk and a number of incidental deer.

I have to date shot it somewhat downloaded with 78 grains of 4831, a Winchester mag primer and the 162 grain SST, as the longest shot likely in the area I have been hunting is only 400 yards.

I am about to start working up a load for long distance antelope and deer on the open prairies where shots can be VERY long. What is the maximum velocity you have derived in a factory stock Remington with a 26" barrel using the 162 grain Amax. (Want to use it for its .625 B.C. as it is also often windy out on the flats).

Of the likely powders to do this with 7828SSC, 869 and Retumbo, which have you found to be the best. I don't need loads as I will work them up anyhow, but a starting place for previously tried powders and what to expect for reasonable max velocity would be helpful. Thanks for any info.
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Old 08-28-2011, 11:58 PM
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Re: 7 RUM Max Velocity

I have been working on these loads. As far as 162 Grain Hornadys. so far Retumbo is giving far and away the best velocity. 95 grains is producing 3450 FPS, and 3/4 inch groups at 100 yards. This is over 250 FPS faster than I can get with 7828 SSC at max loads. I am about to shoot this load at 300 yards on out to 800 to see if the accuracy holds at long distance. Anyone else have any experience wit hRetumbo in this round?
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Old 08-29-2011, 07:32 AM
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Re: 7 RUM Max Velocity

That is extremely high velocity. I would suspect your pressures are way up there and brass life will be very short. I'm running the same rig and with 150 gr ballistic tips I'm getting flattened primers at 3400 fps.
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Old 08-29-2011, 10:13 AM
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Re: 7 RUM Max Velocity

US869 should give you the most velocity with the least pressure.
A buddy and I worked up loads with his in a 28" barrel with US 869 and got very good results with the 180 gr.
I don't remember the exact velocity but it was very good as well as accuracy.
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Old 08-30-2011, 06:45 AM
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Re: 7 RUM Max Velocity

Originally Posted by sambo3006 View Post
That is extremely high velocity. I would suspect your pressures are way up there and brass life will be very short. I'm running the same rig and with 150 gr ballistic tips I'm getting flattened primers at 3400 fps.
The velocity is high, actually over book at that charge weight but they were using a 24" barrel and I am using a 27". Since velocity equals pressure and all that you would think they are running hot, but the primers are not at all flat or cratered, no ejector marks and the base of the cases mike within .001 of a fired factory case ther is no evidence of excess pressure. Also, the brass I am shooting these out of have 6 loadings on them, are only neck sized, still chamber very smooth and were trimmed once at the 4th loading, so brass life is fine so far.
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Old 08-30-2011, 12:06 PM
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Re: 7 RUM Max Velocity

Your WAY above average for that chambering. I build alot of 7mm RUMs and in your barrel length, average velocity out of my min spec chambers will usually run around 3300 fps max.

Now some will run a bit faster, some a bit lower but thats pretty close to averge for a 160 gr class bullet weight with a match barrel and match chamber and throat.

Sometimes rifles do not show pressure signs, sometimes you get a very fast barrel but as you mentioned Velocity is simply a funtion of pressure and bullet time in the bore. Powder charge really does not mean much, its the end product, Velocity, which will tell you more about pressures then anything.

Again, I would say your way over pressured for this chambering. Hell your running right close to my 7mm Allen Magnum with same barrel lengths. My personal lightweight 7mm Allen Magnum gets me 3500 fps with a 160 gr Accubond in a 26" barrel length but that round is based on the larger improved 338 Lapua design which is VASTLY superior in strength to the RUM.

My only concern is that you run into a case with a flaw in the case head or something like that. If that happened, you could have disasterous results with that pressure.

You are reading all the pressure signs correctly except for one, and the velocity is often the most accurate pressure sign you can have but the one we most often fail to listen to. Again, 3300 fps is about max I have seen from most of the custom rifles I build, 3350 fps on the outside. Much over that and I would say your running things to hard even if there are no other pressure signs.

In all honesty, I would recommend stepping up to the 180 gr Berger, drop velocity down to that 3150-3200 fps range and you will get better long range performance ballistically with that bullet if your looking for true long range performance.

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Old 08-31-2011, 06:37 AM
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You make perfect sense and your experience with this round is way more extensive than mine. Great post and I truly appreciate you taking the time to type that out. I will re-Chrono these and back them down to 3300-3350 max. I have been loading for over 40 years and the one thing that has been universally true is that the laws of physics don't change. I have never had an incident from loading my own and it isn't worth the chance having one for 100 fps. All the best.
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