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Old 04-16-2011, 03:25 PM
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264 Win Mag load suggestions

I recently bought a model 70 with a new heavy sporter Pacnor barrel that is 27" long and an 8 twist. Can someone recommend a good elk and deer load? Thanks.
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Old 04-16-2011, 08:15 PM
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Re: 264 Win Mag load suggestions

Few good bullets out there.

Depends on how far your wanting to shoot.

For deer I'd go with the 140 amax, for elk it will work but it better be about 500 yards or further.

140g AB would be a good all around bullet as well as the 140g SST.

I'd try H4831sc, H1000, and Retumbo.

I'm working on my 264 right now with 140g amaxs/H1000. Results have been inconclusive at this point in time due to inconsistency issues. It'll shoot 1/2 MOA one day out, and 1.5 the next, but its due to a lone flyer, everytime.
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Old 04-16-2011, 08:25 PM
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Re: 264 Win Mag load suggestions

68.4 gr of Retumbo, WW cases, Fed 215M primers and 140 gr Bergers loaded .010 off the lands gives me 3280fps out of my 27.5 inch Broughton 5r 8 twist barrel. Haven't killed anything with it yet but alot of people say the Bergers will do the job, mostly punching paper and ringing steel with this load but it shoots about 1/2-3/4 MOA for me.
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Old 04-17-2011, 08:12 AM
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Re: 264 Win Mag load suggestions

Be very careful trying someone else load in your rifle. It may be OK in apexmtnman rifle but it is 5 grains over the max load given in the Hodgdon manual. But Retumbo is the first powder I would try if I were you. In my 264 Win mag with a Shilen 9 twist 27 3/4" barrel the max load in the Hornady manual of 67.5 grs Retumbo with 129 gr bullet had too much pressure with 130 Nosler Accubonds in my rifle. 66.5 gr Retumbo in a 264 WW case or a WW case reformed from 7mm Rem mag, CCI 250 primer, 130 Nos AB 10 thousands off the lands, average velocity 3350 fps and is a tack driver. I have taken 5 WT deer with it in the past two years from 80 to 250 yards and the bullet has worked perfectly. I would not hesitate to use it on an elk if I got the chance.
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Old 04-17-2011, 12:19 PM
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Re: 264 Win Mag load suggestions

RT2506 is right work up slowly to max in your rifle. According to Berger, starting load with their 140 gr VLD with Retumbo is 65 grains, and max is 68.5 grains. Email Berger and ask for their reloading data and they will send you the info you request. I shoot the same load previously mentioned in 2 rifles, a custom built on a Stiller action and a Rem CDL SF both in 264 Mag and that load is safe in both rifles. I couldn't get the velocity or the accuracy out of H1000 or Re22 that I'm getting with Retumbo in my rifles, never tried Re25. Here is Bergers info for the 140 gr VLD


264 Winchester Magnum

Bullet
Powder
Start Load
Approximate Start Velocity
Max Load
Approximate Max Velocity
Fill Ratio
140 Grain
H1000
62.5
2839
67.3
3062
93.8%
140 Grain
RE-25
59.5
2826
62.8
2968
90.6%
140 Grain
WW WXR
58.0
2827
61.0
2962
85.2%
140 Grain
IMR 7828 SSC
58.5
2866
61.7
3017
86.1%
140 Grain
NORMA MRP2
61.5
2829
65.0
2990
93.2%
140 Grain
Ramshot Magnum
63.0
2835
66.3
2992
88.8%
140 Grain
VIHT N170
64.5
2783
67.2
2906
95.8%
140 Grain
H4831 SC
59.5
2831
62.0
2946
86.1%
140 Grain
IMR 4350
53.5
2871
55.8
2971
80.9%
140 Grain
US869
71.0
2822
75.0
3013
104.1%
140 Grain
RETUMBO
65.0
2871
68.5
3026
97.7%
140 Grain
H870
68.5
2847
72.0
3015
100.0%
140 Grain
VIHT N570
65.5
2855
69.3
3043
94.3%
140 Grain
AA 8700
72.5
2795
76.5
2991
108.2%
140 Grain
RE 22
57.5
2818
60.5
2954
85.8%
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Re: 264 Win Mag load suggestions

I am shooting the 140 Bergers .010" off lands in mine right now. I found 68.5gr of Retumbo is max safe charge in my rifle at 3224fps average.
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Re: 264 Win Mag load suggestions

For elk the 130 swift scirroco is one you might consider. It is an excellent controled expansion premium hunting bullet with outstanding BC. I have no problem getting the 140's over 3200 fps and the 130 scirroco well into the 3300's fps.
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