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Anyone try Reloader 17 yet?

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Unread 07-02-2009, 07:01 PM
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Re: Anyone try Reloader 17 yet?

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I have had good results using it with my .243

I intend to try it in my .338 next.

I really like the fact that Alliant is now designing powders for specific calibers, not just a new or different burn rate as other manufacturers seem to do. Focusing on developing the powder for the best performance in a given cartridge will benefit hand loaders by minimizing wasted dollars spent on powders that don't work well for your gun.

I beat you to the punch on that one!

I worked up a load for my .338 WM using RL#17 and it turned out so GOOD I purchased an additional 5 lbs of it so I'd have the same lot #


2867 fps / 24 inch barrel - @ 4061 ft lbs of energy using a 225 grain Hornady SP made one BIG ragged hole at 100 yards.
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    Unread 07-02-2009, 09:16 PM
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    Re: Anyone try Reloader 17 yet?

    Interesting to see it worked in a 338 Win mag!

    Seeing this thread got fired up again, I thought I'd mention a followup to the previous post. Backed down the RL-17 load in that 23" 284 win to 58 gr. Velocity is 3100 which is still very respectable for a 284. The higher charge showed inconsistencies in accuracy.

    Still haven't gotten to trying RL-17 in my 7 Rem Mag. I used up all 3 lbs on the 284. I just ordered another 5 lbs and intend to try some 150/160/162 gr bullets in A 24" 7 Rem Mag. Will post results when I get them.
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    Unread 07-03-2009, 03:44 AM
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    Well I spent more than 1 hour reviewing this thread and searching the Forum and reading all other related threads concerning the velocities being obtained with RL17 yesterday, and I found no concensus. Some guys on this site that shoot a butt-load, "goodgrouper" included, did not obtain the remarkable velocity gains being claimed by others. If everyone was getting an extra 150 fps using the powder, word should spread like wildfire - on this Forum in particular. I'll be interested to learn of your results with the 7mm Rem Mag.

    One post in a separate thread stating remarkable velocities from a 280 AI caught my attention, but I expect to find plenty of posts if the RL17 commonly produces an additional 150-200 fps MV. Or even 100 fps. I couldn't find them, so I remain skeptical.
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    Re: Anyone try Reloader 17 yet?

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    Well I spent more than 1 hour reviewing this thread and searching the Forum and reading all other related threads concerning the velocities being obtained with RL17 yesterday, and I found no concensus. Some guys on this site that shoot a butt-load, "goodgrouper" included, did not obtain the remarkable velocity gains being claimed by others. If everyone was getting an extra 150 fps using the powder, word should spread like wildfire - on this Forum in particular. I'll be interested to learn of your results with the 7mm Rem Mag.

    One post in a separate thread stating remarkable velocities from a 280 AI caught my attention, but I expect to find plenty of posts if the RL17 commonly produces an additional 150-200 fps MV. Or even 100 fps. I couldn't find them, so I remain skeptical.
    Paul, I have observed the same as you as far as reports in the forums. On personal experience, I got 3193 with 67 gr of RL17 and 180 E-Tips out of my 300 WSM which is 200 fps more thn I was getting out of H4350 (66.5 gr). I also got a very respectable 2935 with 65.5 gr of RL17 pushing 210 Bergers. However, unlike bounty Bounty Hunter my 168 TTSX's didn't do so well. I only got 3071 out of them with 65.5 gr of RL17 which is till slightly better than what I was getting.

    So the results seem to be very mixed. It may be a finicky powder. I have read from a couple of guys who got good results in their .06

    I know i will be trying it in other cartidges like the 7mm RM and the 300 RUM with GS HV 177's which tend need a little faster burning powder than Retumbo.
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    I found "some" increased velocity in my WSM, but before I commit I really want to see some trials w/ temperature sensitivity. My own trials have shown 60+ fps difference in cooler vs. HOT temps. This is not surprising, as all powders are subject to temperature, but to me this appears to be more apparent with RL 17 than H1000/Retumbo. Any other comments as to this powders ability to cope w/ temperature changes?
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    I found "some" increased velocity in my WSM, but before I commit I really want to see some trials w/ temperature sensitivity. My own trials have shown 60+ fps difference in cooler vs. HOT temps. This is not surprising, as all powders are subject to temperature, but to me this appears to be more apparent with RL 17 than H1000/Retumbo. Any other comments as to this powders ability to cope w/ temperature changes?
    I have been wondering about this. RL17 is advertised to be stable. If it's not, it's not very useful to me hunting in Montana's weather at long ranges. I will be testing it out if I have a cartridge that shoots it well... may be selling the WSM.

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    I have been using RE15 with excelent results. I did purchase some RE17 for the same reason and found my groups opened up with both 165 and 180 gr accubonds. I had to go with 168gr TTSX, 66gr RE17 = 3170fps with excellent groups.

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