Re: Allen Mag Shooters Group -In the interest of sharing info
You might also consider picking up a good ballistic program like Exbal, and if you want you can also pick up a handheld PDA that you can also install Exbal on and have your load data in the field with you. It sure makes those trips to the range nice to plug in the current conditions and adjust to them. Plus while your waiting on your rifle it will give you plenty of time with that 300 to learn all about how to tweek your BC's in.
As for loads, well if you look back through this post you will see several listed. It really depends on just where your at, and your normal conditions for that area. Down here, we are running decent velocities, but are still behind most of the loads by 6 - 8 grs. THose Wildcats like to be kept up close to the lands, but I advise starting about 10 off to get things going. IF your planning on fireforming your cases, you might try 98grs of the 872 with the 169.5's or even a 150gr Nosler BT. I use that load with some old 150gr Solid Bases I had on hand and it shoots around an inch and a half at 500yds. They start out at 3460fps. Pleanty of get up and go to even use as back up rounds out to about 700yds. They shoot a touch higher than the 169's at 500 but it is easy enough to crank down if need be.
I would suggest that you pick a weight and buy enough to last you a while. As has been mentioned, Richard gets busy and till he is done farming it up, your gonna have to wait on bullets. IT always seems to be the wrong time to run out. LOL That is another reason I am so happy with the 150gr SB load. I always got something just in case. Also the Wildcats seem to shoot better the faster you run them.
On the powders, I have noted that everything we have used is subject to some degree of change. I have however noted that it seems to not be quite as bad with the stiffer loads. I picked a velocity I wanted to shoot and when I got there I then worked on groups. I would rather run it a little slower and make it last than top it out and toast it. Still 169.5's @ 3250 and the 195's @ 3100+ isn't too shabby at all. You will definately not have to worry about expansion or penetration with either of them out to 1K.
Mike / Tx
"Heck why would I lie, most folks don't believe the truth when I tell them"