Me and a buddy went out last night shooting to try and find a load for his Rem 700 ADL 30-06 w/Varget + 168g AMAX. His results were not very good velocity or accuracy wise...His best load came in at a whole whopping 2600fps with a .5" 4 shot group. It has to be the low node.. We cant seem to find the high node..We got it up to 2750-2800fps at the top end, but groups were running about 2"! Hes pretty PO'ed but what else can you expect from a 30-06 [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/grin.gif[/img] Thats what I always tell him anyways, ha ha ha...
I also brought my 7 RM with a couple more loads to throw out of it. I was testing H1000 and the 162g SST mostly, but I also had 162g AMAX w/RL-22 and 160g AB w/RL-22
My first outing with H1000/162g SST's led me to believe there was something around 67g, so I loaded up all what I had left of the SST"S. I loaded 3 up at 66.5g, 4 at 67g, and 4 at 67.5g. The first outing I had the OAL at 3.360" which was pretty much at the lands. I had the 2 in and 1 out syndrome so I thought I would cut back the OAL to 3.350" and see if that did anything..66.5g shot the best at 2925fps giving about a .706" 3 shot group. 67g did not fare as well as last time, it gave a 2.556" 4 shot group, I dont think the shorter OAL helped this load much...67.5g did not get much better as it did a 1.9" 4 shot group. I dont like the way that 67-67.5g is vertical, so probly play around that 66.5g load and maybe tinker with seating depth a bit more, and then do some 5 shot groups..If I can keep 5 shots w/out any flyers inside 1" I'll be happy, but happier if they stay inside .75" for 5 shots. Might be asking a bit much, but I think the rifles more then capable. I might not even do 5 shot groups w/this rifle, I never get a deer or elk to stand there for me to miss 4 times anyways, so..Here is the pic of the 3 loads.
This was how 67g H1000 shot 2 days ago but seated .010" farther out..It was a lot better then seated .010" deeper. I had 3 under .5" w/the classic flyer. I thought seating .010" deeper might cure the flyer, it pretty much opened the whole group!
This is the 162g AMAX w/61g RL-22. This is a pretty good load. Its never shot over .6" at 100 yards and I've shot probly 5 groups with about 3 different lots of RL-22. Seems to be pretty consistent and accurate at 2900fps. Looking for the same accuracy but I want 3000fps with the 160-162g bullets...Sometimes it does 2 in the same hole like you see here, and throws the 3rd out a bit, not always the 3rd shot though. Havne't worked with seating depth a whole lot, its right at the lands.
With 61g RL-22, I can substitute the 160g AB and keep a pretty good group as well. This rifle just might prefer 61g w/160-162g bullets at around 2900fps. This 160g AB load is kinda sensitive to seating depth, one day it will shoot real good w/no flyers another day it will shoot about 1". Either way, I guess its not to bad for a factory rifle.
All in all, not to bad of a night for shooting. My buddy is going to load up another batch with his 30-06 and 168g AMAX. So we'll be heading out here again real soon.
I have a few loads to shoot with RL-22 and 162g AMAX that should put me around 3000fps. 64-65g RL-22 hopefully will give .5" accuracy and give me another 100fps...