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7mm Dakota?

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Unread 02-17-2012, 10:24 PM
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Re: 7mm Dakota?

I found H1000 great with the 162 amax. I think it was 78.7 grns, driving the amax at 3200 (obviously be careful and work up to this). Re 22 got me more velocity, but H1000 had better SD and is regarded as being less temperature sensitive so I settled on this. Also 3200 fps is plenty. Great cartridge, you should have alot of fun.
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Unread 02-18-2012, 11:19 AM
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Re: 7mm Dakota?

Craigf, I had a 7mm dakota built by Kevin Cram of Montour county rifles. Very happy with it. Shooting 180vlds at 3050. The gun killed two bulls this year.
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Unread 02-18-2012, 01:12 PM
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Re: 7mm Dakota?

88man, That would be the Smith I will be using, He's only 1/2hr down the road.
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Unread 02-18-2012, 01:16 PM
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Re: 7mm Dakota?

88Man, what load are you using for the 180 VLDs?
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Unread 02-18-2012, 01:44 PM
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Re: 7mm Dakota?

Mine is from MCR as well and have the same results w the 180's
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Unread 02-18-2012, 10:33 PM
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Re: 7mm Dakota?

I have one built on a Borden action, it was built by Kirby Allen or Fiftydriver here on LRH. I have had mine since 2009 and I like mine. I picked up my dies and 160 brass by checking classifieds on a couple of the different hunting forums. Brass seems to be good quality and lasts really well.
I am shooting 160 Nosler AB's in mine. Shooting 76 grains of H-1000 at 3120 FPS. I do not think you will go worng with the caliber.
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Unread 02-18-2012, 11:14 PM
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Re: 7mm Dakota?

Originally Posted by Stumpm2 View Post
RCDINAZ - Retumbo is slower burning than H1000 so you should be able to load a few more grains of Retumbo than H1000 for the same amount of pressure. If you are using 75 grain of H1000, I would think you could load at least 75 grains of Retumbo probably 76 or 77 grains.

I keep seeing the 75 76 77 grain? I am shooting retumbo in a 7mm dakota case improved and necked down to .277 I have the sweet spot at 69 1/2 grains of retumbo with a 169.5 grain bullet and am still over 3k the case is vary efficient most I have loaded was 72 grains but it just wasn't as good of an SD.
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