Hi all, I have a Remington Sendero in 7mmSTW and have bought new reloading equipment and dies, but have not used them yet. I mostly hunt whitetail deer and a trip out west for Elk isn't out of the norm. The end of the month it's Muledeer and Pronghorn hunting in WY. What load, (powder, bullet)would any of you recomend for my use in this gun, any input is welcome, thanks, Scott.
My pet load is 82.0 grains of Reloader 22 with a 140 Grain Barnes Tipped Triple Shock. Out of my Remington 700 with a 25.5 inch barrel they are right aobut 3500 FPS. Five one shot kills, very little blood trailing, most animals died in their tracks. Longest shot was 505 yards at a mule deer buck quartering away. The bullet entered just behind the last rib and exited out in front of the off side shoulder. The deer never knew what hit him. when we walked up to him it looked like he was sleeping. His legs were neatly folded up under him. I don't think he even took one step.
Ok thanks, I couldn't find any 140 Grain Barnes Tipped Triple Shock in my city, but ordered some and should get them today. How many should I load at a time until I find what my gun likes? Any suggestions as to how many grains to start with, have same supplies as you described, thanks again, Scott.
I am a fanatic about speed so I always start out with the maximum load listed and work from there, contrary to what the loading manuals say. The barnes information that comes with the triple shock bullets will tell you that you may be able to increase from the maximum load a few grains, I have found this to be true without any sign of excess pressure but it did not tighten my groups.
I would load at least a minimum of six rounds for each load you try. Make sure that your barrel is clean and dry. Run a swab through uit to make sure that there is no oil left in the barrel. Shoot three shots and see what they do. Clean the barrel and then shoot the three shots again. This is how I work up my loads. it is very important to clean the barrel well between groups. Try loading in half grain increments. Its amazing what a half a grain change can do to a group.
Thanks Allen, I am waiting for the UPS truck to pull up, then I am heading back up to the cottage bow hunting, will do what you said, will post what happens when back in town Sunday, thanks again for all your help, sounds like just the load I was looking for.
I couldn't get the speed out re-22 in my lilja barreled STW, so I went to h-1000, my load which is crazy but 2 grainds under pressure signs in my rifle is 86 gr of H-1000 behind a 140 nosler for 3552 fps.