Originally Posted by jdouthit
My son just found a model 700 Remington BDL that is about 40 years old. Only fired 40 times. Got it from a neighbor for a very low price. Nice rifle....now what is the best load for that caliber? He will be hunting Pronghorn and Deer. Then it will be a windy day coyote rifle after the regular hunting season. He would like to use the 95 grain Berger hunting VLD. Anybody got a load with that bullet? Oh,...he has Varget, IMR 4831 and some H380. Thanks.....
I seriously doubt the remington will stabalize the 95 grain VLD. I had a Remington in 6mm about 15 years ago, plus a couple Rugers in the same caliber with the same twist rate. They wouldn't do Berger 88 grain LD's at all, but would all do regular 90 grain bullets. I kinda figure the twist rates were only good for about .40 B/C's.
As for loads, I learned to like the 87 grain Honadays with one rifle doing .40 groups. The best coyote round I found was the Sierra 80 grain Blitz. I used a lot of H414 and some H380 with Federal mag primers. Never got to try the 4831, but did try 4064 and some 4350. The 4064 heated the barrels up really fast, so I ditched that plan