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Anyone try Reloader 17 yet?

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Unread 07-06-2009, 05:27 PM
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Re: Anyone try Reloader 17 yet?


Many years one of the Sierra Techs told me to measure the distance from the muzzle to the center of the chronograph in feet and multiply that distance by 2.1 fps . Example: if distance is 10 ft then add 21 fps to instrumental speed for actual speed.


Went out today to see how the RL-17 would work in that previously mentioned 24" 7 Rem Mag with moly coated 140 nosler ballistic tips.

Temps again were warm beginning with 80 degrees at 6:30 AM and escalating from there.

64 gr ave velocity 3210
65 gr ave 3255
66 gr ave 3285
67 gr ave 3330

Accuracy was nothing to rave about.

This is all I loaded....no pressure signs. I will load up with higher charge weights and try this wednesday.

FYI the same 140 with RL-22 has outstanding accuracy. Pet load is 74 grains IN THIS RIFLE.
Velocity is 3350. Same load with 140 accubond is 3375. Both bullets have same POI at 100 yds.
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Unread 07-06-2009, 06:44 PM
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Thanks for posting the MV information. In my 24 3/8" Tikka T3, I was shooting 140 Nosler ABs @3250 fps using RL22. Maximum pressure load was between 3250-3300 - less than 3300 fps.

I never shot the moly-coated bullets.
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Unread 07-07-2009, 12:09 AM
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Originally Posted by BH Hunter View Post
MR: I wasn't questioning what you said just surprised by the performance. My Rum an off the shelf gun that I bedded and tuned the trigger on. The barrel is 26", I bought it the year they came out. I purchased a pro chrono just recently. I have it set up 15' from the barrel. I have very little experience w/ a chrono. I assume that when everyone says they are getting x fps out of their gun measured at the barrel it is actually 15 ft approx from the barrel?? Whatever the difference would be I assume it would be minimal. I did actually try Retumbo also and there wasn't much difference in velocity. I was also dissapointed by the velocity. 96 gr of H1000 was the most accurate load so that is what I settled on so far. I just loaded up the Bergers and out of the 5 loads I tested all but one were under 1".
BH, no worries, I didn't think you were questioning the data. I just posted that for informational background.

I corrected the velocities for the distance of 14' from my muzzle to the chrony. I used 8 fps and I determined that by running a BC calc for similar bullet BC and velocity and checking the differencr from muzzle to 100 yds (300') and mathematically worked out the loss in fps per foot and multiplied by 14.

You might try some heavier bullets to get more bang for the buck out of a powder like Retumbo. I would suggest 200 AB's and 210 Bergers. I'll be trying them as well out of my RUM with Retumbo and H1000. Also, if you get a 1" group @ 100 yds, you should check @ 200 and 300 yds. Your groups might still be 1" out there as it sometimes takes a couple of hundred yards for some bullets to "go to sleep".


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Unread 07-07-2009, 11:35 PM
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Re: Anyone try Reloader 17 yet?

I may load up some 210's. I am a recent convert from the 168 TSX's, and my gun has typically shot better w/ the 200's. The only thing I didn't like was the recoil. At 100 yds my load is shooting .6" and at 200 it was right at 1.2". I would like to load up my WSM w/ R17, however.
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Unread 03-04-2016, 02:41 AM
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I have had very good success with RL17 powder and the 250 grain accubond in a Winchester model 70 extreme weather. I had started out with data from some previous posts stating that it was similar to Imr 4350 and worked my way up to 68 grains of RL17 in Winchester brass. This load was clocking at 2825 fps. I am now shooting Nosler brass and found that the Nosler brass required 69.5 grains of RL17 to match the same velocity. This load has proven to be very accurate in my rifle with groups under 1 inch at 200 yards on a regular basis....recently 3 shots all connected inside each other. This load has now been shot in 3 different rifles with no signs of pressure or excessive case wear. Velocity deviation is normally between 2815-2825 fps. This load should be considered as a max load based upon all load data I have seen. As an FYI......the Nosler brass was approximately 20 grains less in average weight than the Winchester brass and the case capacity difference required the additional charge to match velocity.

WLRM primers
26 inch barrel
3.34 oal
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Unread 03-04-2016, 06:38 PM
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Re: Anyone try Reloader 17 yet?

I've used RL#17 for loads in my .338 Win Mag with great results ,.. I use 225gr. Nosler Accubonds to top them off with,.. Fantastic load for elk type critters,..

remington brass
65.9 grains RL#17
2793 fps
3.34- COL
24" barrel
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Unread 03-04-2016, 06:46 PM
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Wow.... a 7 year old post has been revived.......whew!
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