300 wm loads for berger185 hunting vld

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  1. NW Hunter

    NW Hunter Well-Known Member

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    I just received 185 gr berger hunting VLD's for my 300 wm.

    Can anyone share their pet loads with me? I've had great success with H1000 and would like to stay with Hodgdon Extreme powders.

    What is your prefered jump to the lands?

    Thanks,
     
  2. MN Hunter

    MN Hunter Well-Known Member

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    I am currently doing load development with these bullets for my 300win Remington Sendero. Using H-1000 powder - started at 75 grains and worked my way up. Finally settled on 79 grains. I started with the bullets .03 off the lands. Five shots were just over .27. I use remington brass and CCI 250 mag primers. I just loaded 5 rounds each of 4 different seating depths runnig to within .01 of the lands. Hope to get out tomorrow and give them a try.
     
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  3. NW Hunter

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    Thanks for the reply MN Hunter. You are off to a great start! Good luck tomorrow and let me know how you did.
     
  4. ICANHITHIMMAN

    ICANHITHIMMAN Well-Known Member

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    185g Berger
    Nosler brass
    CCI BR2 primer
    81.0g H-1000
    .050 off the lands
    3030 fps

    Do a seating depth test 24 rounds 4 six round groups.

    .010
    .030
    .050
    .130

    This will get you close. DONT try my load before you work up to it, its MAX LOAD
     
  5. NW Hunter

    NW Hunter Well-Known Member

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    Cool handle ICANHITHIMMAN!,

    I'm going to do a ladder test upping the grains .3 grains at a time to find my max. Do you know where the starting load is? Can you readily find CCI BR2 primers? I haven't seen them up in my neck of the woods. I'm currently firing Winchester Lg Rifle Magnum with 80.0 grs. of H1000 and TSX 165's. Man, I thought I was shooting a hot load, I guess not now! I've shot up to 82.3 grs. max with that load. How do Winchester primers work in your gun. What rifle are you shooting and what is the barrel length?

    You're seating depth test Seems right on. The TSX likes .065 - .090 for me.
     
  6. NW Hunter

    NW Hunter Well-Known Member

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    Oh P.S. MN Hunter and ICANHITIMMAN,

    What are your thought on Meplat trimming your Bergers? Helpful or a waste of $?
     
  7. ICANHITHIMMAN

    ICANHITHIMMAN Well-Known Member

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    I have spoken with kevin cram about it once or twice. I dont have an opnion now. I may try it in the future.

    Jon
     
  8. ICANHITHIMMAN

    ICANHITHIMMAN Well-Known Member

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    I have always gone up in .1 grain increments. I started with Win brass but got sick of it real quick and switched to NOSLER. I have never used win LR primers but if its what you got use it. I started at Hodgens min and went to there max 81g for my bullet weight my groups never went out side 2" at 200 yards so I stuck with max load and did my seating depth test. The Nosler brass gave me more case capicty to work with and they are more uniform.

    To be honest I dont know which you should do first the seating depth or the charge weight. In the future I think I will do the seating depth first. But I think an email to Berger could awnser that real fast.

    My rifle is a Montour County rifle 300 win mag with a 27 3/4 " barrel 1-10 twist.

    On a side note I used to live up in Everett and I know a shop there had BR2s in the past I am thinking real hard what its called. But it is 2 hours from you.

    Jon
     
  9. bigboy_30-378

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    Fed brass Trimmed to spec with Neck Annealing every 3rd firing
    CCI 250
    Ramshot Magnum

    .010 off the lands with 80.1 giving me this


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    Tom
     
  10. NW Hunter

    NW Hunter Well-Known Member

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    Thanks for the info Bigboy_30-378
     
  11. jwp475

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    In Win cases I shoot 81 grains of H-1000 behind the 180 TSX lit by Federal 215 m primers
     
  12. trueblue

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    Personally, I think meplatting Berger's would be a waste of time and do more harm than good.
    As far as load work, I too have a 300 WM that Kevin Cram put together. Can't help you with the 185's, but the 190's go 3030 with 82gr Retumbo.
     
  13. bigboy_30-378

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    Yes cutting the meps is pretty much a waste of time. Only thing I ever seen was the pointing system worked pretty well.


    Tom
     
  14. NW Hunter

    NW Hunter Well-Known Member

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    Bigboy 30-378, What velocity are you getting with Ramshot Magnum?