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300 win. How light is too light of a load?

 
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Old 09-16-2006, 11:13 PM
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300 win. How light is too light of a load?

I’ve been working up a load for my 300 Win. With 200 gr. Accubonds and H-1000. I found that I got great accuracy with 67.5 grains of H-1000 - the bullets kept piling up on each other at 100 yrds, So I thought that was it –Bingo! Well, normally this would not be a problem, however I chrone’d the load today and was happy and disappointed by my results. My ES was 12 (good) But my average speed was only 2554 fps. [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/confused.gif[/img]

This will get me to 775yrds with 1029 ft/ lbs energy. Now, realistically I wouldn’t shoot that far because my rangefinder isn’t reliable passed 600 yards (Nikon 800). So my question is, do I stay content with .419 groups or do I try and push passed to the next node? I know speed is not the end-all, but this seems pretty dang low…


…Burn more powder or just be happy?

Thanks.



TAC
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Old 09-17-2006, 12:12 AM
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Re: 300 win. How light is too light of a load?

can't be a lot of help, and don't mean to crash your post, but I live in Stayton, and have been looking for people to shoot long range with.
maybe we should get togather sometime? let me know what ya think, jon
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Old 09-17-2006, 12:40 AM
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Re: 300 win. How light is too light of a load?

Jon, you must have your private messages turned off...

It's always nice to meet fellow enthusiasts, PM me with your contact info.


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Old 09-17-2006, 08:46 AM
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Re: 300 win. How light is too light of a load?

I'd say you're between a rock and a hard place.

With that kind of accuracy hitting the 'spot' you're shooting at would be a great confidence builder. The load would put down anything you shot but maybe the taller animals would take a bit longer to hit the ground....

I'm figuring you'll be sneaking up on the next node. [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/cool.gif[/img]

Either way you'll bring home the meat. [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/cool.gif[/img] [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/cool.gif[/img]
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Old 09-17-2006, 09:57 AM
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Re: 300 win. How light is too light of a load?

Tac,

You have a lot of room to go up with that bullet powder combo.
For example , 74.6 gr H1000
220 smk
2774 fps
1" @ 300 yds

78.8 grs H 1000
210 Wildcat
2963 fps
.3 @ 100 yds

200 gr smk
76.6 grs H 1000
2970 fps
.750 @ 300 yds
All were 3 shot groups , Oehler 35p

I have found those low velocity accurate node in all of the calibers I have reloaded for. Usually a couple hundred fps later you hit another accurate node . A lot of times you will find another node at or slightly above max pressure but that is too hard on brass and a bit unsafe as well [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/blush.gif[/img] [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/laugh.gif[/img] All the above listed loads is the node just below the max node .

Remember these loads were in my rifle and yours may not be able to go there .At any rate good shooting/ hunting ,
Jim B.

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Old 09-17-2006, 03:53 PM
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Re: 300 win. How light is too light of a load?

Keep going!
As jimm mentioned, somewhere north of 72gr, there will very likley be another great node.
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