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Where to start seating A-Max and SMK?

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Where to start seating A-Max and SMK?

I've decided to try the 162 A-Max and 175 SMK out of my 7SAUM for antelope and deer. I've been shooting Berger's loaded into the lands. Where should I start loading the A-Max and SMK? I've searched as much as I can on this subject and haven't turned up much about COAL. Thanks for any info.
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    Re: Where to start seating A-Max and SMK?

    IMO go with the AMAX. Seat to mag length and tune with powder and primers. COAL does not effect amax.
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    Re: Where to start seating A-Max and SMK?

    I have found the A-Max bullets to be very accurate in several of my rifles. I typically get good accuracy between .010"-.020" off the rifling. I don't ever recall loading them to max magazine length because the A-Max is very long and would protrude deeply into the case. However, if that length will work in your rifle than it's certainly worth a try.
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    Re: Where to start seating A-Max and SMK?

    The A-Max is a secant ogive bullet and NORMALLY likes to be seated at or near the lands. Most of the SMK's I've shot like to be .010-.020" off but every rifle is different. Good luck.....Rich
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    Re: Where to start seating A-Max and SMK?

    Elkaholic is on the money in my experience. We start with A-Max's Just touch and SMK's jumping 20 thou, then tune from there.
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    Re: Where to start seating A-Max and SMK?

    My .280 likes the 162 .002" in the lands.
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    Re: Where to start seating A-Max and SMK?

    If you wont a mag fed round then the SMKs would be my first bet as they are very forgiving seating depth wise. Otherwise start just on the lands for both then test.
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