Originally Posted by moorey78
Hi did you end up getting a load sorted for your 325 and Sambar, Ive just got one myself and would appreciate any feedback
Before I comment please note that the load I am using is 2 grains over max from what information is available on the following web site:
Alliant Powder - Reloader's Guide
My 325WSM has a skinny barrel and a lot of work went into finding a good load for it that was suitable for sambar (barrel harmonics etc.). I would advise you start 5% or more below the following loads and find what works well in YOUR rifle.
I have developed 2 loads both using Reloader(RL) 17. This powder can be hard to get but worth its weight in gold.
Load 1 (not suitable for sambar IMO, but your choice)
220 grain Sierra Game King
64 grains RL17
Average over the Chrony 2820fps
ĺ inch groups at 100 meters
Load 2 (the ducks guts and pic attached FYI)
200 grain Nosler Accubond
67 grains RL17 (could be hot in your rifle)
Average over the Chrony 3050fps
1/2 inch groups at 100 meters
The picture attached shows the first 3 shots fired using the 200 grain load and subsequent sighting in confirmed the groupings. Over the Chrony the spread in velocity over 3 shots was 15 fps which I was very happy with.
As for the choice in projectile use, itís up to you. I was turned off Sierra many years ago but gave them a go in the 325WSM and will never use them in a rifle used to take a tough animal such as a sambar again. I know a lot of people like Sierra and thatís their prerogative, I simply dont like them.
I would stick with the 200 grain Accubonds and from what Iíve read on other posts they seem to be the projectile of choice in the 325WSM. Iíve used Accubonds in other rifles on sambar and they are a consistent performed that gets the job done.
I hope this has been of some help.
Good hunting and be safe.