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Looking for help with Nosler Partition load

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Unread 02-16-2013, 07:06 PM
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Looking for help with Nosler Partition load

I'm trying to tweak a .260 Remington load for Deer and Antelope using Varget and 125gr Nosler Partitions. I cant seem to get groups smaller than 1" at 100yds. My best results to date have been w/ 38gr of Varget and 2.850 OAL. (2.904 is touching the lands).
Using 120gr SMK's and Varget this rifle will do .25" groups at 100yds all day long.
Savage 11 w/ 22" Douglas XX and 1-9 twist.
Any suggestions?

BTW I also have IMR-4350 & H-4350 on hand
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    Unread 02-17-2013, 11:06 PM
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    Re: Looking for help with Nosler Partition load

    Ok can anyone suggest a more accurate hunting bullet? How about Sierra Game Kings?
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    Unread 02-17-2013, 11:17 PM
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    Re: Looking for help with Nosler Partition load

    I Think you would have a lot easier time getting tight groups running a berger "hunting" bullet. They are great for dear and antelope. P.S. not saying anything bad about gamekings, but I would still look at bergers for a 260 dear round.
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    Unread 02-17-2013, 11:31 PM
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    Re: Looking for help with Nosler Partition load

    I would try another bullet. My Remington Model 7 with a Hart barrel likes both 120 Barnes TTSX and the 130 grain Nosler Accubond bullet. The Nosler Partition has a reputation of not always being the most accurate bullet even though some rifles with shot it great and it is a great hunting bullet.
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    Re: Looking for help with Nosler Partition load

    I've never loaded for the .260 Rem, but here are some observations. 38gr of Varget is 88% case fill, that leaves some air space that could be affecting MV. 43gr of IMR 4350 has 96% case fill and 43gr of H-4350 has 98% case fill. I would try the H-4350 because of the temperature stability of the powder. Remember the Partition is a flat base hunting bullet, if you can get sub-moa the deer won't notice the difference.
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    Re: Looking for help with Nosler Partition load

    Thank you guys I'll try all of the above and post back the results.
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    Unread 02-23-2013, 06:06 PM
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    Re: Looking for help with Nosler Partition load

    OK I tried the Partitons with 43gr of H4350 & IMR4350 and still can't get better than 1" groups at 100yds.

    I tried 130gr Nosler AccuBonds with 43gr of H4350 and got 1" groups.

    Tried the same AccuBonds with 43gr of IMR4350 and got 1/2" groups at 100yds and 1 1/4" groups at 300yds.

    I think I'll play with the IMR / AccuBond combo to see if I can tighten it up even more.
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