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Looking for Load Data for .280 with 168 Berger

 
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Old 05-20-2012, 09:41 AM
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Re: Looking for Load Data for .280 with 168 Berger

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Mine is set up similar to yours and is used for the same basic purpose. The latest scope on it is a Leupold 3.5-10X40 CDS with CDS windage turret added. The load I have been shooting most recently is a 140 AccuBond over 54.3gr of IMR4350 in a WW case w/ PMC LR primer. It goes around 2900 fps and I have used the load on 11 deer in the last 2 years from 90 to 419 yards.

While I am satisfied with the 140 AB load, I happen to have a couple boxes of 168 VLD Hunting bullets left over from my 7mm SAUM project and thought that the .280 would be a great use for them. I also ordered a Leupold 4.5-14X40 CDS with CDS windage for the rifle and shimmed the rear base to provide an additional 10 MOA of elevation.

Where are you seating your 168s?

Dan
Chamber in my rifle is SAAMI spec and I load ammo so that it will fit in the stock magazine well. So bullets are seated .005 or .010 off the lands (sorry I can't remember exactly)
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Chamber in my rifle is SAAMI spec and I load ammo so that it will fit in the stock magazine well. So bullets are seated .005 or .010 off the lands (sorry I can't remember exactly)
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Re: Looking for Load Data for .280 with 168 Berger

Trebark,

I finally got to the range to shoot those 168s out of my .280. 56.0 gr of H4831 gave me a .9" group at 100 yards and a 1.25" group at 200 yards. (the 100 yard group was from a clean barrel). Very promising. If the weather holds, I am going to shoot some more of them in the morning.

Since I had already loaded a pressure test with 2 rounds each of RL22 from 55.0 to 57.0, I decided to shoot them. Every pair was under an inch at 100 yards with 55.5 gr going into .4" and 56.5 gr running .6". I loaded some more of each of those loads to test tomorrow.

Unfortunately, my shooting partner forgot his chronograph (mine is on the fritz) so I don't have any data.

In spite of the 85 degree temperatures, none of the loads experienced any signs of pressure.

Dan
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Re: Looking for Load Data for .280 with 168 Berger

With 56 grains of 4831 those 168s are going 2700+. Were your groups nice and symmetrical? Mine generally shoots two right together and the third off to one side. You should be able to fine tune your accuracy by adjusting seating depth.

to throw a wrench in the works....a buddy of mine just built a 284win. He shoots the 180berger hybrids with ~56grain of H4350 and gets velocities similar to the 168s in my rifle (2780). So now I'm wondering if I should go back and redevelop the load with 4350 (it is a faster burning powder than 4831). Could mean 2900 is a possibility!! It's more velocity than I need, but nice to know you have it if you need it.
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