Originally Posted by boomtube
RL 17 accuracy in WSM sized cases?
"Pet" loads or components are myths, there is no magic in any component. The only way to find out what's "accurate" in YOUR rig is to try it.
Unsized cases generally don't hold a bullet so that won't be an issue.
The accuracy out of a costly custom barrel is meaningless for factory rifle shooters.
Ok then, I'll rephrase that "RL 17 accuracy in Short Magnum size cases". I was hoping to get a consensus based upon numerous reports from users for the sole purpose of saving myself the cost and/or trouble for what might be nothing gained.
Since it is reported to have a burn rate somewhere near H4350 and H4831, which is a broad range? I use H4350 ext. in my 8.59 Galaxy with a 210 gr. xlc..... Wow that makes me seem old! But at the time it worked very well and still does, I get 3055 fps 20' from the muzzle w/a 24" barrel. It's a lite weight gun I had made for myself, 8 lbs. w/scope, sling, ammo holder on the stock, and it has a muzzle break. Any way, I don't care to gain anything in velocity if it wouldn't still shoot under 1/2 MOA. I already have a load close to that. My 6.5/300 WSM will shoot 3/8" 100 yd. groups with 65.0 grs. of Retumbo. I was looking to use the 140 MK in place of the 140 GK I'm using now for long range target shooting. The AB's were too long as well as the Berger 140 VLD's, which left me using Sierra's because they seat with the BT taper right below the neck/shoulder junction in my 6.5/300 WSM chamber.
The Galaxy no way, they're all seated deep into the case and compressed loads depending on which powder is used w/ which bullet. Hence why I used the 210 gr. bullet. I just wondered if it would work well enough in either gun to bother with developing another load, but then again I don't like putting to many rounds down the barrels chasing nothing gained! One day I will run out of the XLC's and the powder I used in the Galaxy, so I'll end up doing load development someday if I shoot the gun other then only using it for hunting. I don't have a lot of rounds down the tube even after more then a decade, but still it's expensive to burn up a barrel like that.
So if anyone else has tried Reloader 17 in any of the short magnums, I'd be interested in knowing if it was more accurate then anything else you've tried?