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Old 04-15-2013, 06:18 PM
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Re: How far can I expect to shoot with this load?

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Everybody says that touching the lands raises the pressure but I have not seen any change in velocity on the chronograph between a 0.020" jump and a 0 jump. I don't see any more pressure signs on the cases between those two either. So I assume this might vary from one rifle to another. And an increment of 0.5 grains is too much once you are closing in on max loads. Just shoot 1 each of the starting loads and check for pressure. Then once you are within a grain of the max increment no more than 0.2 grains each time. You should shoot several of each load once you get to the higher velocity rounds. I load 4 or 5 of each powder loading when I am close to what I expect to be good hunting loads.
Thanks, once again . So once I do see signs of pressure, how far should I back off?
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Old 04-15-2013, 06:22 PM
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Thanks, once again . So once I do see signs of pressure, how far should I back off?
Best answer I have is "till you don't". But nobody is going to take liability for telling you what to load. Just be careful.
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Old 04-15-2013, 06:26 PM
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Best answer I have is "till you don't". But nobody is going to take liability for telling you what to load. Just be careful.
Yeah I understand. I will be careful. Hopefully I have some good pictures and results to post this weekend.
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Old 04-22-2013, 05:38 PM
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Re: How far can I expect to shoot with this load?

Well I wish I had some good news to share from the weekend, but I don't. I was sizing more brass so that I could finally just load some rounds to go find my max load. Well I forgot to lube one case and it is now stuck. The only good news from the whole ordeal is that I ordered a RCBS Competition Die set to replace my existing die set. It should be here tomorrow, and I will get back after it. I finally used my bullet comparator to get an official measurement. So now I know what it takes to get to the lands consistently. So I am making progress, just slow progress.
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Old 04-24-2013, 06:02 PM
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Re: How far can I expect to shoot with this load?

Powell- i load mine .030 off in my sendero. i only load the 168 to 2925 . shot a rocky mtn bighorn, antelope and mule deer. no elk with it yet. my last two bulls were 11 and 26 yards with a 30-06. enjoy
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Old 04-24-2013, 06:14 PM
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Powell- i load mine .030 off in my sendero. i only load the 168 to 2925 . shot a rocky mtn bighorn, antelope and mule deer. no elk with it yet. my last two bulls were 11 and 26 yards with a 30-06. enjoy
I've got my rifle in the truck right now. In 30 minutes when I get off work I'm finally headed to the range. I have 15 rounds worked up right now.
65 gr, 65.5 gr, 66 gr, and so on up to 72 gr. I've got all of these seated to the lands. I'll play with seating depth that later. Just figured I would start there since a lot of rifles seem to prefer having the bullet touching the lands with the VLD's. I'm hoping to find my max load only this afternoon. That new RCBS Competition Bullet Seating Die that I just got is awesome. I set it once and loaded the remaining 14 rounds. I measured all of them with my bullet comparator, and they were all within .0005". I was extremely pleased at how well it worked and how easy it was to use. I've got my chrony in the truck too so I can get some velocities of each round. I'll post some results later tonight or in the morning. I'm excited .
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Old 04-25-2013, 10:28 AM
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Re: How far can I expect to shoot with this load?

Ok guys I finally have a report! I went out last night and found my max load. I started at 65 gr and worked up .5 gr at a time until I hit 70 gr. At 70 gr's I didn't have bolt lift issues but my primer was flat, so I called it good. So I'm gonna call 69.5 gr's my max load, and that's exactly what Load Data said would be my max load with the H1000 and the 168 bergers. So I was pretty pleased. Not to mention I was getting 3026 fps with the 69.5 gr round. I hit 3049 fps with the 70 gr round. I couldn't be more pleased with that! I was seating all of my bullets to the lands when doing my testing. I'm gonna do as berger says now and load several rounds at 69.5 gr's but play with the seating depth and see what I can get for accuracy. If I can get .5 moa I'll call it good. If I can't I'll play with different powder amounts after that and more seating depths. It was very windy yesterday when I was shooting, but I could really see the rounds starting to tighten up at 100 yards when I approached my max load, and that was with different powder amounts. I'm thinking that I will be able to get some good accuracy with just playing with my seating depths. Here is a picture of my target. The first two shots were at the bottom right (just to get on paper and see if my chrony worked). The next three were at the top right. The next three were at the bottom left, and the last three were at the top left. I didn't play with the scope adjustments at all mind you.




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