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243Win, H4350, 95gr Nosler BT OCW Results

 
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Old 09-03-2012, 10:22 PM
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243Win, H4350, 95gr Nosler BT OCW Results

Just completed an OCW for my daughters Savage Max 1 Predator in 243 Win. I'm quite impressed with the gun. I shot my test using H4350 and 95gr Nosler BT's. I'm thinking that somewhere between 41.5 and 43.0 is my sweet spot. Thoughts?

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Re: 243Win, H4350, 95gr Nosler BT OCW Results

If I had shot the 41.5 & 42 group I would first see if I could duplicate them. Them I would check my velocity. If I like it I would change the bullet depth just to see what it would do to the group. If I didn't like the velocity I was getting I would then go to the 43 grain load and work with it. The 41.5 & 42 are good looking groups.
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Here are my velocities associated with each shot. For the original picture the charge weights are as follows:

Top Target:
1. 40.0gr (top center)
2. 40.5gr (top right)
3. 41.0gr (bottom left)
4. 41.5gr (bottom center)
5. 42.0gr (bottom right)

Bottom Target:
1. 43.0gr (top center)
2. 42.5gr (top right)
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Re: 243Win, H4350, 95gr Nosler BT OCW Results

I would go back and revisit 41.5, 42, and 42.5 again but change the seating depth by 0.010", and do direct comparison with these results. I'm betting your ES, and SD with change some better and some worse but the telling tail would show up in your groups as well.
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Re: 243Win, H4350, 95gr Nosler BT OCW Results

Current setup is:

Winchester Brass
FGMM 210M Primers
95gr Nosler BT
Seated to 2.248" (to ogive)
0.010" off lands measured with Hornady Bullet Comparator
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Re: 243Win, H4350, 95gr Nosler BT OCW Results

When I first looked at this I thought the velocities looked a little high.I've not used H4350 myself.The data I have shows 39.0 to be amax load@ about 3070 fps.This is great if you can do it.I don't claim to be an expert,but I would like to see your brass.
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When I first looked at this I thought the velocities looked a little high.I've not used H4350 myself.The data I have shows 39.0 to be amax load@ about 3070 fps.This is great if you can do it.I don't claim to be an expert,but I would like to see your brass.

Nosler states 41.5gr to be max load so 1.5gr above that can certainly be ok in some rifles, but yea precautions should be taken.
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