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Got my .264 Mag load "FINALLY"

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Unread 10-28-2010, 11:03 PM
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Join Date: Sep 2010
Location: Redmond Oregon
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Got my .264 Mag load "FINALLY"

After litterally years of messing with trying to get a premium hunting bullet under 140 grains to fly fast and accurate from my old Westerer I found the "magic bean". I searched all the forums and gun articles I could find over the last few weeks including this one and found mention of a couple fellas who heard of a couple of fellas that knew some other fellas that had used some IMR 7828 with good results . They couldnt remember what bullet or charge weight was being used but at least they remembered the powder. I then went to my dozen or so reload manuals and found those that did list 7828 did so for the heavier for calibre bullets but seeing as to how I already had a pound of the stuff on the shelf I thought what the heck , give it a shot and see what happens. I opted to use a bullet with a long load bearing surface and settled on the 125 nosler partition. I used max load data for the 140gr. as my red flag zone and bear in mind I had the short throat reamed out of my old Westerner and have noted nearly all top end loads not to show excess pressure signs. I loaded 5 rounds at 65.0grs of the 7828 and got a group that measured 1 1/4 in. at 100 yds . Next came 5 rounds at 65.5grs and took the group down to 7/8 in. ,,, OK this looks promising, time to set up the old chrony.... The next 5 shot string at 66.0grs. put me on a 1/2 in. group with a 19 fps deviation at 3,230 fps . From an old war horse Model 70 I couldnt be happier .
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Unread 10-29-2010, 12:57 AM
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Join Date: Apr 2010
Location: NW Mt.
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Re: Got my .264 Mag load "FINALLY"

Relief at last, I've had sleepless nights over A gun I couldn't make shoot. Hope it
proves out as good for you when you go back to the range.
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Unread 10-29-2010, 04:40 AM
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Location: Outback, Australia
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Re: Got my .264 Mag load "FINALLY"

That's a great result. I'm waiting on the permit for my pristine Remington 700 ('64-'70) .264WM so i can take delivery.

That is good info on the slow powders.
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Unread 11-08-2010, 07:39 PM
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Re: Got my .264 Mag load "FINALLY"

i was shotting 63 gr 7828 with 120 gr with good results. sounds like i need to try more powder. i have never chron. it . 2 or 3 grains would make big defference at longer yardage.
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