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I'm shooting a 7mm sendero w/ the following load that works great in this rifle but I'm afraid it's a little hot and may wear my barrel out prematurely. Here's my load data: H4831sc powder 64.5 grains. SMK 168's. Rem brass. Fed 215 primers. Aproxx velocity is around 3100 fps. No high pressure signs. Barrel is noticably hotter. I let it cool down before each shot. Accuracy is excellent. Also anybody hunt w/ this bullet and what were your results. I know Shawn Carlock used the 250's in his .338 w/ excellent results but I'm unsure w/ these smaller bullets.
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    Re: ?\'s on load I\'m shooting

    Looking at Quickload for that recipe and a 26" barrel gives just under 2900fps and almost 56000psi (which is in the safe range). According to Quickload, you'd need a 36" barrel to get 3100fps from that load. Was the velocity an estimate or shot over a chronograph?

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    You've got a nice rifle with a good load. If you're letting it cool and taking the necessary precautions, shoot it like it is and enjoy. You've got a hotrod magnum caliber, so barrel life is expected to be less. When it burns out, have it rebarreled. If you want a rifle that will take 4000+ rounds, you may want to consider buying a 308.
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    I get a lot higher vel. than all the books say because of my elevation here. I am sure in Idaho, he might be seeing the same thing... I usually run 100 to 250 fps faster than what the reloading manuals say.

    Like hornady info is shot in Neb. at 1300 ft or similar. I shoot at 5125 ft. at the local range.

    My 168 Bergers are at 3041 avg. on 5 shot string. According to the manuals I should be around 2752... Almost 300 fps difference. 289fps to be precise.

    Does anyone else see this where there at ?
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    The altitude doesn't really affect muzzle velocity, the velocity downrange is affected because of the less dense air.

    What make of brass are you shooting? If you take a once fired round and weigh it, then fill it with water and weigh it, that will tell us how big it is compared to others. I use Norma brass in my 7mm and it holds 86.3gr of water, which is larger than some other brass I've used. I get less velocity and pressure signs using this brass for moderate amounts of powder than I do when using 'smaller' brass. In my experience, the smaller brass will give higher velocities with lower powder charges, but will 'top out' at a lower ultimate velocity due to the smaller ultimate volume. I notice high pressure signs at a lower powder charge with 'smaller' brass.

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    Re: ?\'s on load I\'m shooting

    I have the same rifle but am shooting Berger VLD 168s. I have had the best luck with RL19 so far (3000 fps actual). Both RL25 and RL22 seemed to "top out" early. I am also testing RETUMBO as soon as the weather gives me a break. I have read some really good reviews for the RETUMBO with 7mm Rem. Great rifle!
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    I shot the 168g VLD comfortably at 2950fps out of a 24" bbl and 63g RL-22 using Rem brass. I ran it up to 3050fps, but accuracy wasn't any better. Of course, these velocitys are over a CHRONY, I dont know how well I trust it anymore....

    I have played a tiny bit with RETUMBO and 162g AMAX. I started at 70g and went to 73.5g. Velocity was 3000fps on the low end (70g) and 3175fps on the high end (73.5g) Accuracy at 100 yards was rought 3/4" for all 3 loads tested. Again, velocitys over a CRHONY so I take it for what its worth anymore. I can tell you though that the 73.5g at 3175fps was MAX in my rifle.
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