300 WM question

Discussion in 'Reloading' started by digger, Mar 10, 2013.

  1. digger

    digger Member

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    I apologize ahead of time if this has been done to death, but I have a new to me 300WM LR rig. It is a Rem 700, 27" Broughton barrel, 5.5 contour, Jewell trigger, Badger oversize recoil lug bedded into a Bell and Carlson Medalist stock. Leupold Mark IV 6.5 -20 with TMR. It is previously owned, and the load that was used in it is

    Hornady Brass
    Berger 210 VLD
    77.0 grs H1000
    CCI Mag Primer
    Seated 3.615

    This load works well, shoots just over 1/2 MOA.

    I have several hundred 210 VLD's and lots of H1000 and primers, but want to switch to Norma Brass, only because I've heard so much good about it, and the Hornady brass I have is about halfway through its useful life. Anyone have any load suggestions for me to start with in Norma brass? Any opinions on whether the switch to Norma would be an improvement or not over the Hornady are welcome as well, Thanks
     
  2. Broz

    Broz Well-Known Member

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    Back down the charge to 74 gr and work back up. I am not familiar with the case volume of Hornaday, but I know the Norma is among the larger ones. I feel you will work right back up to 77 with no issues. The Norma is good brass but on the softer side. Expect some loosening in primer pockets by 5 or 6 firings. Velocity will be good and from your barrel I will say you will be close to 2900 fps.

    Jeff