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.243 Win 105 Amax & 95 Berger VLD loads?

 
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Old 05-24-2005, 07:26 PM
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.243 Win 105 Amax & 95 Berger VLD loads?

I am thinking of trying these combinations in my .243. It has a 1/9.25" twist so I think I can stabalize both of these bullets. I was just wondering if anyone else had tried these in this caliber and what results they saw.

Also wondering about the seating depth. Should I seat them all the way to the lands or back off?

Both will be moly coated.

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Old 05-25-2005, 07:19 AM
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Re: .243 Win 105 Amax & 95 Berger VLD loads?

I have seen two differant 243's with 1-10 twist barrels shoot the 105gr A-max , one shot them well and the other had keyholes at 300yds , both were Douglas barreled guns.
I've got a 243Ai that shoots them great with a 1-8 twist.
As for the seating , I have found that almost all guns shoot a bit better with the bullet seated to touch the lands and with the VLD's I have used they all like to be into the lands , I shoot the 95gr Berger VLD's and they shoot their best seated .010" into the lands at a velocity of just at 3000fps , I have run them alot harder at differant seating depths but this is what this gun likes.
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Re: .243 Win 105 Amax & 95 Berger VLD loads?

Unless I am caught sneaking out of the house and have to mow the yard Saturday, I will try both bullets plus the 90 gr bergers in a 1-10 Douglas heavy sporter 26" barrel. This is a hunting rifle in 240 Wby on a FN action with "no freebore" and I am not going to touch the lands on the first try. Maybe later. I am currently using IMR4350 just out of long habit. I will probably re-shoot the 95 gr Nosler Ballistic tips at the same time to have a bench mark in case the long bergers and Amaxs don't stabilize I want to have shot a more conventional bullet that does stabilize and because there was some indication that the ballistic tips might be coaxed into tight groups if I concentrated on the sight picture a little more and drank a little less caffiene.
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Old 05-25-2005, 08:18 AM
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Re: .243 Win 105 Amax & 95 Berger VLD loads?

Thanks for the info guys. Let me know how the testing comes out. I won't be able to shoot this weekend but hopefully I will be able to get out next weekend and test both as well.

My rifle is just a stock Savage 12BVSS. I am currently shooting a 55gr Nosler BT. It will shoot these under .5" @ 100 yds. They also shoot well down range. I have shot under a 2" 3 shot group @ 500 yds with this setup.

The wind just absoulutly kills me though and being in Oklahoma, I want something to buck the wind a little better.

Would it be a good idea to do the load development @ distances greater than 100 yds with these longer bullets to check for stability?

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Re: .243 Win 105 Amax & 95 Berger VLD loads?

cram em in the lands! especially the 95! id start 20thou in with the 95, probably same with the 105.

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Re: .243 Win 105 Amax & 95 Berger VLD loads?

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Would it be a good idea to do the load development @ distances greater than 100 yds with these longer bullets to check for stability?

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Absolutely! You should check accuracy at every range you intend to shoot anyway, but it is even more true when firing longer bullets of a more aggressive shape because they tend to take awhile to settle down. This is even further enhanced when shooting them from a "hot rod" caliber in my experience. My little 6br improved puts way less stress on a bullet than say a 243 AI or a 6-284.

I have fired both bullets mentioned out of the br, and both shot well at 100 from such a small case, but they still shoot smaller moa farther out!

And yes, seat them both into the lands!
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Old 05-25-2005, 11:27 AM
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Re: .243 Win 105 Amax & 95 Berger VLD loads?

I can't say that I've ever loaded anything into the lands.

I know this increase pressure but how much?

Where do I need to start w/my load development etc.?

Can a guy extract a round once it's chambered or do you have to fire it?

Sorry for my ignorance on this but I've got to learn somehow.

Also, what would be the best powder for me to try? From what I've seen on the net, IMR or H4350 seems to be the most popular.

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