Thanks Keith. I wrote those down for future references. I actually went ahead and bought 2 cans of RL-22. That was all they had of the same lot #. I was hoping for 3-4 lbs, but 2 lbs will give me about 250 rounds so that should be okay. Only thing is, I got to work my load back up again, as this lot is different. I also bought some 160g AB's to try. Forgive me for asking, but what are you guys using for RL-22 and the 160g AB?? Is it around 64-66g?? I know my rifles will go 3000fps with 160g+weights, just hoping the 160g AB will print .5" group at 100 yards, and stay around .5moa-.75 moa out to 700. I"ve only played with 1 powder and 2 bullets with this rifle and so far its liked what I've fed it, 140g btip and 168g vld w/Rl-22. Hopefully the 160g AB will cooperate just as well.
My 700 7Mag rifle liked 65g or R#22 with a cci250 with the 162g. R#22 is so radical from lot to lot...my load does not mean a thing to you. I would start off at 64g and go up. Touch the lands with the bullet and watch for pressure. Let us know how you do with the A max if you shoot it.
By the way, I had fantastic luck with the 154g SST also. I shot 3 bucks at 270-330 yards. Two of the bucks flopped, and one hopped straight up in the air and fell over backwards...dead. Load was 63.0g of IMR 4350, Rem brass, 9 1/2 primer, bullet jammed the lands by .003.
For the record, I just had the exact same thing happen to me using H4831sc in my 6.5/284. I have decided the next time I run out of it I'm just ponying up for a 8 lb jug. I'm a poor kid too, but I don't want to have to redo my load development with every pound of powder, and in the end, it's ultimatly cheaper as well.
Yep, I'd start w/ 64 at the most and work up, you already know how the lot variances can be.
My favorite load right now is 66grn of R22 pushing the 160 ABs(R+P Brass, 215GMMs). It only gets 3060-3080 fps but the accuracy is pretty good for the rifle(around 1" at 200). I'll be using that load for my Elk and Mulie hunt next month.
I only had enough brass to try 1 load. I tried 64g RL-22 and it didn't shoot very well. About 1.5" at 100 yards. Velocity was 3075fps. They were within 3070-3080fps. Im thinking about dropping it down to see if it will tighten up. I dont think they'll tightne up anymore by going up. I bought some new winchester brass though so I"ll have to work up anyways. I also bought a box of the 162g AMAX's. So I have a little bit of loading and testing to do out of my 7 mag to keep me busy for a while. I'm going to be working on 160g AB and 162g AMAX with Rl-22. I have 2lbs of the same lot. We'll see how it goes.
I went ahead and loaded up some 160g AB's, and 162g AMAX"s with 61g, 62g 63g RL-22. New Win cases, Fed 215 primer, seated to touch the lands with both bullets. I forgot my locking piece on my tripod to use my cronograph, I was mad at the very least [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/mad.gif[/img] Anyways, I wanted to shoot the 162g amaxes first so I shot the 61g load. It put the first 2 in the same hole, w/ the 3rd out about 1/4". Not to shabby, 3/8" group. 62g was same scenario, just a little bigger overall group, about .75". 63g the first 2 shots were 1 inch so I didn't even shoot the 3rd. I figure I'll work around the 61g load and cronograph next time out. Hopefully get to shoot a 162g amax into some newspaper as well. Next was 61g rl-22 and 160g AB. 3 shots were a nice litle cloverleaf. Couldn't believe it, but I better! A tad over 1/4" will work for me. 62g put 2 about .5" with a 1" flyer. I didn't even shoot the 63g load. So it looks like 61g RL-22 is under .5" for both 160 AB, 162 AMAX. I just hope the velocity isn't under 2900fps! [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/crazy.gif[/img] My cameras batteries are still dead so no pics of the targets.