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Old 07-30-2012, 01:16 PM
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Re: 180gr 300WSM loads? favorites?

I just finished shooting my new 300 WSM custom Benchmark rifle with 185g Berger VLD Hunting with 61, 62, 63 and 65g of H4350 at 2.860 COAL. All of these shot under 1" at 200 yds. Going to try 63g of H4350 at 2.900 COAL wich is .80 off lands with the 185 Berger.

Is there anything to be gained from using magnum of non-magnum primers ( Federal) with these loads in a 300 WSM?
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Old 09-09-2012, 07:56 PM
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Well I'm diggin up ol' bones, but this thread needed some final load testing info for anyone using the search function.

I first tried RL-17 with 180 Accubonds at .015 off the lands with mixed results, while breaking in my new Hart barrel. All achieved sub MOA, but nothing overly impressive. But holy crap was it Smokin fast!
I was about to throw in the towel, & switch powders, but I just had to give er another go after I did some trigger work. I'm glad I did!
After my trigger work, & some minor tweaking on my new stick, My worst load was 3/4moa at .66 gr RL-17 (Alliant's recomended MAX)
*I guess this is the propper place to put this cautionary note, but I found Alliant's Max load to be quite realistic as Max. I didn't feel comfortable pushing it any further. Slightly stiff bolt, but no other visible signs.... Durring load work up it seemed to be a very flat pressure curve then all of the sudden, "Smack" you knew you were there, & needn't try for more!
-Well, my testing was in direct sunlight @ 95* F. again. I like to do this in Hot weather so there aren't any "Oh $#!+" surprises in extreme heat. I hunt Hells Canyon in August remember.
I worked backward from 66.0 gr of RL-17 in .2 gr increments in groups of 3 with O.A.L. at .010, .015, .018, .020, & .025 for each .2 gr load.
At 100 yds, 65.0 gr RL-17 @ .018 gave me a 3 shot group of .205 center to center!
At 100 yds, 65.0 gr RL-17 @ .020 gave me a 3 shot group of .346 center to center.

Pretty sure I've got my accuracy node about pegged with 180 Accubonds & RL-17. Time to verrify with a chrono, but I'm pretty sure I'm well over 3000 fps, & knockin on the door of 3100 fps, if not a tic more.

Pretty soon I'll be on to testing the 200gr Accubonds with RL-22, & IMR-7828ssc. Will keep you all posted as to the results. However with results like these with the 180's I may just have a big 338 built for anything over 750yds & live with the limited B.C. & range of the 180's. I'd rather have a bigger boomer for 1k anyhow. (looks like another build commin on....) but I know more of what to expect this time around.

Thanks to all who contributed to this thread. It helped a lot in my decision making process for this build.
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Old 09-09-2012, 08:34 PM
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Re: 180gr 300WSM loads? favorites?

Those are great results WINMAG. I may have to relook RL17.
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Old 09-09-2012, 09:27 PM
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Those are great results WINMAG. I may have to relook RL17.
Fling me your email in a P.M. & I'll send you pics of that target.
Heck I was so dang excited I quit shootin at that one for fear if screwing up the best target of my life
Hahaha. I have it hanging by my loading bench.

I'm too technology retarded to post them on here from my phone.
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Old 09-15-2012, 06:15 PM
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Re: 180gr 300WSM loads? favorites?

how long is the barrel? Those are extremely high velocities... best I could get out of the 180 and R17 was about 2880 fps with a 24" barrel. Cool results
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Old 09-15-2012, 07:26 PM
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Re: 180gr 300WSM loads? favorites?

Barrel is a 26" Hart 10 twist.
Alliant's #'s are "66gr (max load) equals 3082fps with a 24" pipe".

I'm only at 3800' above sea level, but shootin in 95* temps too with a 2" longer barrel.
I doubt it makes much difference, but at .018 off the lands I'm still well over 3" c.o.a.l. cause I had it throated for 200gr Accubonds. It's built on a long action model 70 Winchester.

For what its worth, 3062-3067 with a 180 was the max I Ever got out of my 24" barreled 300wby with Any powder, which is partly why I'm so excited about these results with my semi custom 300WSM & RL-17.
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Old 09-17-2012, 04:19 PM
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Re: 180gr 300WSM loads? favorites?

This was from a 24" Remington 5R at 3075 fps.
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