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Old 11-27-2011, 09:07 PM
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Weatherby Vanguard 7mm Reloading questions

Hi, I just discovered this forum and am trying to get into long range shooting/hunting. I recently purchased a Weatherby Vanguard in 7mm mag and have a Leupold 4.5-14 scope mounted to it. I am looking for information and reloading data on what kind of bullet/powder combination this gun responds well to. I will mainly be using this bullet on whitetail deer and hogs, probably out to a 500 yard max to start. I have considered the 160g Nosler AccuBond and the Hornady SST in 154g. I am also looking at RL 22 for my powder choice. Any information on loads for this gun will be greatly appreciated.
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Old 11-28-2011, 08:08 PM
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Re: Weatherby Vanguard 7mm Reloading questions

The bullets you listed will do the job. ...as will the 168 Berger although some might prefer the Accubond for shooting big hogs in the shoulder.

The 180g Berger is excellent for longer ranges, but needs around a 1:9" twist. I'm not sure what twist you have.

I have had good luck with the Bergers in my Sendero using h4831sc and RL22. I prefer the h4831sc as I got no real improvement in velocity and I feel that the h4831sc is more temp stable.

I also prefer Norma brass and Fed GM215M primers.

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Old 11-28-2011, 08:15 PM
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Re: Weatherby Vanguard 7mm Reloading questions

Thanks for the help! Ill start to look at the bergers as well. What kind of velocity are you getting out of the h4831sc? I've read that it doesn't produce very good fps numbers
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Re: Weatherby Vanguard 7mm Reloading questions

+1 on the 168grn berger/H4831sc combo with Norma brass.
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Old 11-28-2011, 09:00 PM
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Re: Weatherby Vanguard 7mm Reloading questions

Seems like i should get some h4831sc. how about velocity numbers backwoods?
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Old 11-28-2011, 09:09 PM
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Re: Weatherby Vanguard 7mm Reloading questions

I can't say for sure what you will get in a 24" barrel but 3100+ is fairly easy in a 28" barrel, but you should be right around 3000fps. RE22 and H1000 are usually faster but not as consistent. If 2900fps with the best accuracy and lowest ES you may want to give Imr4350 and Fed210m primers a try.
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Old 11-28-2011, 09:14 PM
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Re: Weatherby Vanguard 7mm Reloading questions

Wonderful thing about reloading choices these days is that there are so many components available. And in 7mm, you have a ton of recipes that do the job well.

I too have a newly acquired Vanguard in 7mm RM. I'm not loading for it yet, but soon will be. My choices are Federal 215M primers, Retumbo for powder, and 162gr Hornady A-Max bullets. If for whatever reason I can't get the A-Max's to shoot as well as I want them to at different COAL's, I'll change to another bullet and start over. But right out of the gate, those are my choices.

It's hard to discount Berger bullets, especially for long range work, but they are a bit pricey for me right now. So I figured for my purposes, the A-Max would make for a great second choice.

Before you decide on which powder (if only choosing one to begin with) take a look at the results that some folks are getting with Retumbo. At first it seemed that folks thought Retumbo would be a tad slow for the 7mm unless one was shooting 180 grainers. But thankfully some adventurous folks tried it with lighter bullets because some of the long range groups I've seen were impressive to say the least.

Good luck in your loading! I hope that you'll keep us informed of your load progress. I for one, would be interested to see what you settle on.
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