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243 loads for 95 gr vld bergers

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Unread 09-05-2011, 02:09 AM
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Re: 243 loads for 95 gr vld bergers

One manual says 44grns one says 45grns Imr 4350 at factory length 2.725", mine is 2.940" it takes just a tid bit more to make up for the extra air space bud, yeah if they were sammi length they would be compressed and yes that's way to hot, at my length without the extra it is what I like to call a terd. Yes, bergers can be jumped with good results but as I have stated in many post ANY bullet that is pushed into the lands has no runout or straightness issues because it has already been started straight, not to mention it also speeds them up.
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Unread 09-05-2011, 04:36 AM
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Re: 243 loads for 95 gr vld bergers

I would not recommend jamming bullets into the lands on a hunting rifle. When you withdraw that unfired round, you may find the bullet stuck in the lands, and powder spilled all through the action. If yours is for hunting, just keep the OAL slightly smaller than the length of the box magazine, or jump it even further.

Single shot competition rifles do almost always benefit from jaming the bullet into the lands from .010 - .030". VLD's usually shoot best jammed. You need to experiment with your rifle.
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Unread 09-05-2011, 08:01 AM
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Re: 243 loads for 95 gr vld bergers

"You need to experiment with your rifle"

Gene said it best. There is no secret to finding the optimum load for your rifle, other than this.

All rifles are different. In reality, the components you use are going to be somewhat different (differing Lots of powder and primers, slight bullet variances) from the guy giving you the load advise.

I always start load development for any bullet at .0010" off the LaG's. My powder range usually starts approximately 2.0 grains below book listed max and goes to max, and sometimes slightly over, but not always past max. I vary the loads in 1/2gn increments and usually find a "keeper" withing 12-15 rounds.

Saturday: I started load development for the 90gn Nosler Ballistic Tip in my Win 70 HVB. All brass prepped the same and a constant. Primer was the CCI BR2.
Bullet seated .0010 off. My cartridge oal is 2.2800".
Powder (H4350) started at 43.0 gn and went to 44.5 gn (Hodgon's listed max).
43.0 measured .466"
43.5 measured .444"
44.0 measured .178 !!!!!!
44.5 measured 1.178"

You can figure out which load I'm going with. JohnnyK.
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