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Unread 06-09-2008, 06:56 AM
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Join Date: Mar 2008
Location: Puyallup, Wa
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Played with seating depths yesterday and found little fruit for my efforts. Seated bullets at .010" incraments from 2.810 down to 2.770 and found that all produced groups between 3/4-1". Another nice comforter is that all groups centered 2" @ 10:30 (+/- .1" no kidding)

Of course there was the exception: 2.780" shot a .4" group.

All loads tested used Lapua brass, 42.3grs of H4895, and F210M primers.

What a pricey venture for a hunting bullet. Please use this data for your consideration in working up a TSX load, it cost me almost $80 to find this one, and there aren't any left-overs for me to practice with.

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Unread 06-09-2008, 09:00 AM
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Join Date: Feb 2008
Location: Memphis Tn
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I have worked up loads using Barnes TSX bullets for a number of rifles. A couple of years ago a number of my friends and I drew an elk tag for Wyoming. I loaded (2) 30-06 rifles, a 7mm Rem Mag, a 7mm SAUM, a 300 WSM and a 270 Winchester all with Barnes TSX bullets. It was quite a job but I was able to get all of them to shoot 3 shots into an inch or less at 100 yards. I usually used the same powder that had worked in the rifle with other bullets of the same weight. I would adjust the seating depth with the TSX bullets. As has been stated 50 thousands off the lands seemed to work for most of the rifles.

I never loaded my 308 with TSX bullets, but I did load the 168 grainers in the 30-06 rifles and in my 300 WSM. I thought that it was expensive two years ago to do this. I am glad that I did it then and not now.

If I were to draw another elk tag.. I hope to in the next few years I will be carrying my Ruger Mark II in 300 WSM loaded with 168 TSX bullets and N550 powder in Norma brass. With this load I am prepared to shoot out to 400 yards.
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Unread 06-12-2008, 01:42 AM
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Location: Paradise Valley montana
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I love the terminal balistics of the Barnes TSX. I finally found a great load using BLC-2. I will post the load info in the near future. I was going nuts trying to find a load that worked well. It now shoots .5 MOA.
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