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7mm rum and 168 berger vld

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Unread 06-29-2009, 02:05 AM
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Re: 7mm rum and 168 berger vld

I'll be shooting them in a Rem, 700 xcr 7mmRum and Ruger m77 7mmRm.

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Unread 03-22-2010, 02:40 PM
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Re: 7mm rum and 168 berger vld

I also wanted to be able to load these in the magazine as I will be using them for hunting and after contacting berger they sent me all of the potential loads for the .280 and 7mag. I chose to use rl 19 as it is what I had on hand. Basically I loaded two 21 round sets. One with varying c.o.a.l(starting with the max to fit in the magazine and working down in .04" increments with the powder just above min), and one with varying powder loads Starting at the min and working up to max. I shot all of the rounds and combined the most accurate powder load with the most accurate coal. I have my 280 shooting .75 groups at 100 yards. I am not a professional shooter so I think this is solid. I am sure you got your answer by now but this is more for others who come accross this thread. This method will likely work for all calibers.
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Unread 07-20-2010, 12:41 PM
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Re: 7mm rum and 168 berger vld


I've been shooting a 7mmRUM since before they were a factory offering, basically wildcatting the 300RUM. Primarily a 1,000 yard prone target gun (just shot out the second chamber), but I built one on an M700 CDL action to take to Africa in '08.

Both LOVE 5010 pulldown powder, each also likes Retumbo. I have some Vihtavouri powders on hand thanks to LEN, but have yet to wring them out. My target rifle shoots the Sierra 175s well, but shines with Cauterucio 176s and 156s. The hunting rig shoots 175 TSXs pretty well, but only at max velocity - 3,301fps. You need a 1:9" twist barrel or FASTER to stabilize this. When I backed off max, they yawed and tumbled at 200 yards. 160 gr Accubonds shoot very tight, but impact velocities at the muzzle may prevent their use in some conditions. I'll be trying Swift bullets soon - both 150 Scirrocos (love em in other rifles), but especially 175 A-Frames. I tried to talk Swift into making a heavier Scirocco in .284", but no dice......

Hope this helps !
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Unread 07-20-2010, 04:23 PM
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Re: 7mm rum and 168 berger vld

The 168 VLD is that the Hunting or the Target version? Even though they are the same weight they do shoot differently. Try 86.0-89.0 grns. of Retumbo. I use the 89.0 load in my 7 Rum and it shoots in the .3" for a 3 shot group and I also use the 168 Hunting VLD in my 280 AI with 63.0 grns. of Retumbo with the same and smaller group size and have taken game with this bullet with excellent results.
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