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Old 01-29-2013, 06:29 AM
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Re: Reloader 33

Tucson hasn't heard of RL-33 either. I got my 8 lbs from Powder Valley months ago. Turns out even with hazmat fee the powder cost less than if purchased at local Sportsman's warehouse.

As for the useage of this very slow powder, I have determined that it works well in a few varied cartridges. It made a huge difference with my 28" barreled 6mm-284 with 105 berger hybrids. Max load with Retumbo was 3307 fps which was the highest charge of powder without pressure issues. RL-33 yielded a 178 fps increase which is 3485 fps.

As an experiment to shoot the 230 gr target hybrid I rechambered a 24" 300
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Old 01-29-2013, 06:41 AM
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Re: Reloader 33

Tucson hasn't heard of RL-33 either. I got my 8 lbs from Powder Valley months ago. Turns out even with hazmat fee the powder cost less than if purchased at local Sportsman's warehouse.

As for the useage of this very slow powder, I have determined that it works well in a few varied cartridges. It would appear to perform in a similar manner to RL-17's longer burning curve and subsequent higher velocities. It is slower than retumbo. A mid to high suggested charge for Retumbo is a good starting point for RL-33 if no data is available. I tried RL-33 with four cartridges to date:

It made a huge difference with my 28" barreled 6mm-284 with 105 berger hybrids. Max load with Retumbo was 3307 fps, RL-33 yielded a 178 fps increase for a velocity of 3485 fps.

As an experiment to shoot the 230 gr target hybrid I rechambered a 24" 300 Win Mag to 300 RUM. Using RL-33 maxed out at 102 grs with slight bolt lift resistance. Backed down to 100 gr for vel of 2975 fps. Imagine what a 26" or longer barrel could do.

A 28" 3 groove 257 weatherby with moly coated 110 accubond gained 91 fps over a max load of RL-25.

Also tried RL-33 in a 24" 7 Rem Mag comparing it to its original load with retumbo and 162 A-max. Couldn't gain any velocity performance over retumbo.

If there is a trend I noticed, which is supported in the limited load data Alliant has published, RL-33 seems to work best with heavy for caliber bullets.
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Old 01-29-2013, 06:55 AM
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Re: Reloader 33

the problem we face in Alaska is someone decided that a can of powder is so destructive that they should protect us from certain annihilation, we are prohibited from having powder sent to us by air, the only way to get powder here is to wait for the general suppliers (2) to barge it in from the conus
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Old 01-29-2013, 11:12 AM
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Re: Reloader 33

U r fine.. mine was backed off and had.no problems.. some are shooting 91-93 grains of h1000.. u should do the berger seating test it.works!! U will get a seating depth that shoots much better then u.can tweek the charge!!
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Old 06-17-2013, 07:54 AM
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Reloader 33 Arrived

Got my Reloader 33 two pounds of it today

Has anyone used it in the 338 Lapua?

Rem 700 with 26"

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Old 06-17-2013, 08:36 AM
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Re: Reloader 33

I have. Not sure my barrel is long enough to really take advantage of it. My chrony was off so I am gonna try it again and see how she shoots
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Old 06-17-2013, 11:01 AM
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Re: Reloader 33

Marioq,,

I just realized that my first post wasn't finished.

I did try RL-33 with a 24" barrel I rechambered to 300 RUM. It was an experiment.
Worked up to a max load with the 230 gr Berger hybrid. Got 2975 fps from that short barrel!

The trend for RL-33 seems to be it will work well with the heaviest bullets for any given caliber.

So your using the 300 gr bullet in the 338 Lapua should be a great combination. Bet it would work well with 215 and 230 gr Bergers in your 300 win mag too.
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