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Loads for 7mm Dakota with 168 Berger VLD

 
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Old 10-28-2011, 01:52 AM
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Loads for 7mm Dakota with 168 Berger VLD

Can anyone please suggest some loads for the 7mm Dakota and 168 Berger VLD bullets?

Thanks!!
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Old 10-29-2011, 02:11 PM
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Re: Loads for 7mm Dakota with 168 Berger VLD

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Can anyone please suggest some loads for the 7mm Dakota and 168 Berger VLD bullets?

Thanks!!
For SAAMI cartridge dimensions the Quickload simulator suggests VV-N570 will give the highest velocity at a moderate pressure of 52000 psi (a 98% fill ratio) and a muzzle velocity of just over 3000 fps from a 26" barrel.
Without knowing the rifle characteristics like barrel length and the seating depth of the bullet where it's touching the lands, anything offered here is just guessing.
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Old 10-29-2011, 11:28 PM
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Re: Loads for 7mm Dakota with 168 Berger VLD

I can't help with the 168's yet other than what Berger sent me. I just finished setting up the 180's in my gun.

75gr H1000 is where I ended up, around 3,050fps.

From Berger (sorry about the formatting):
7mm Dakota
(COAL - 3.330"; Barrel Length - 26")

Bullet
Powder Start Load Approximate Start Velocity Max Load Approximate Max Velocity Fill Ratio
168 Grain H4831 SC 64.5 2747 70.0 2977 91.5%
168 Grain IMR 7828 SSC 63.0 2762 68.6 3001 90.2%
168 Grain RE 25 65.5 2784 71.1 3000 96.5%
168 Grain AA MAGPRO 66.0 2748 72.0 3003 91.7%
168 Grain RETUMBO 68.0 2784 74.0 3014 99.4%
168 Grain Ramshot Magnum 68.5 2757 74.7 3013 93.8%
168 Grain VIHT N560 63.5 2781 68.9 3009 89.2%
168 Grain WW WXR 63.5 2770 68.7 2981 90.3%
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