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Start point needed for 7mm RM 168gn Accubond Long Range

 
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Old 09-15-2013, 04:01 PM
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Re: Start point needed for 7mm RM 168gn Accubond Long Range

I had good luck with 61gr of retumbo out of my 280AI. At 200 yards I can put 3 in the size of a quarter.
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Old 09-15-2013, 04:31 PM
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Re: Start point needed for 7mm RM 168gn Accubond Long Range

I have everything prepped just need to load them up and then get some range time. I am going to use H1000 and follow what the book says for the Berger 168 hunting VLDs and see how that goes.

How far off the lands have you guys been loading these?
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Old 09-15-2013, 04:40 PM
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Re: Start point needed for 7mm RM 168gn Accubond Long Range

This is just my 2cts. One load I shoot for the 168 Berger,( this might work with the AccuBond, I don't know) is 71grn H-1000,CCI 250 mag primer, Winchester brass. One of my 7mags likes em on the lands( shoots em really well) the other rifle likes em about 20 thousand off the lands. Hope this helps!

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Old 09-15-2013, 04:54 PM
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Re: Start point needed for 7mm RM 168gn Accubond Long Range

Thanks. Book says 66-69.5 for H1000. I am going to work there first.

When you guys start with a new bullet and rifle where do you start with loading off the lands? Is there a good starting point? I've been reloading for about 1.5 years and played around a bit with 7mm, 223 and my 375 h&h but I haven't played with seating depths yet.
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Old 09-16-2013, 10:39 AM
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Re: Start point needed for 7mm RM 168gn Accubond Long Range

I found the thread on here that lays out how to work the VLDs from the lands to find the sweet spot. I think I will follow that for the ABLRs as well. I did some measurements last night. My mag box for my Model 70 is 3.400 and the COAL for the ABLRs to the lands is 3.460. I hunt with this rifle, so need rounds to fit into the mag. Guess I will start at a hair under 3.400 and work back from there based on the VLD thread.
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Old 09-17-2013, 09:20 AM
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Re: Start point needed for 7mm RM 168gn Accubond Long Range

Does the twist rate of your rifle support the (heavy for caliber) 168 gr bullet? Nominal bullet weight for the 7mm RM is 140-150 grs. with a 1:9.5 / 1:10 twist rate.

What will this load be used for, hunting or target?

Lastly, what are you considering long range, 300 yards and beyond?

Just curious.

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Old 09-17-2013, 02:22 PM
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Re: Start point needed for 7mm RM 168gn Accubond Long Range

WRG to answer some of your questions:

I should be good on the twist rate. Both the 168gn Berger Hunting VLD (on the box and website) and 168gn ABLR Nosler (on the phone) say minimum is 1:9.5, which from what I understand they tend to be pretty conservative when making those recommendations. In any event, my rifle is a 1:9.5.

I use this rifle and will use the ABLR for hunting if I can get them to shoot. If not, I already have a pet load for the 160gn Accubond that I am confortable with out to 500 for hunting but like a lot of others I suspect, I like to tinker.

I would consider long range for my skill and this caliber to be 400-600 yards. I wouldn't consider trying a shot longer than 600 at this point. If this happens, I move closer if possible or let the animal walk.
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