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7mm Rem Mag Hornady 162 A-Max

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Unread 09-16-2009, 08:11 PM
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7mm Rem Mag Hornady 162 A-Max

Looking for load using the 162 A-max. Tried IMR-7828 which was accurate but very slow. Shooting a sendero and 2900fps was all I could get with 7828. Would like to achieve at least 3000+! Any suggestions.
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    Unread 09-16-2009, 09:26 PM
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    Re: 7mm Rem Mag Hornady 162 A-Max

    I used ADI2217/H1000 federal 215 primer federal brass, 73 grains gave 3067 fps from a 26" barrel. Been used successfully out to 630 yds on game.

    Other powders I seen used are retumbo and R 22.

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    Unread 09-18-2009, 09:40 AM
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    Re: 7mm Rem Mag Hornady 162 A-Max

    You should try some retumbo with those 162 A MAXs My 7 mag really likes that combo I'm sure yours will to.
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    Unread 09-19-2009, 10:55 AM
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    Re: 7mm Rem Mag Hornady 162 A-Max

    My 7 RM is a rem 700 BDL custom deluxe and it shoots the 162g amax awesome with 61g of RL-22. Win case, Fed 215, 3.440" (at the lands) 2850-2900fps, 1/2 MOA.

    If I push it any more with RL-22, groups open up. Slow yes, but the buck I killed at 800 yards a couple years ago didn't seem to care.

    Did just a smidge of testing with Retumbo at 70, 71.5, and 73, velocities were 3000, 3085, and 3175 respectively, but groups were in the .8"-.9" range. All 3 were nice triangular groups, could probly fine tune it and get it to 1/2 MOA, but I haven't.

    I'd work up carefully with the Retumbo as they are on the warm side, 71.5 and 73 in my rifle anyways.
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