300wsm powders

Discussion in 'Reloading' started by lcq, Sep 20, 2009.

  1. lcq

    lcq New Member

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    Hey All,

    I have a Tikka T3 stainless in 300WSM and want to load 165 Hornady SST. The 2 powders I have are Varget and IMR-4350. I like the idea of Varget because of the temperature stability but the Hornady people don't recommend it, even though it is listed in numerous reloading manuals.


    Your advice on this is much appreciated.

    Brian
     
  2. britz

    britz Well-Known Member

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    Hello and welcome to LRH.com!

    I have the same rifle ... good choice! I primarily shoot the 180 gr AB's in mine and I like H4350 for mine. If memory serves, I use varget for 110 gr vmax's out of it. IMR and H are very close to eachother and the H is much more temp stable than IMR. Reloader 17 would be another option, it is also very close to the IMR and H 4350. Standard LRprimers is all you need in the wsm.
     

  3. MontanaRifleman

    MontanaRifleman Well-Known Member

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    In my order of profference....

    RL 17
    H4350
    H4831sc

    However, I'm not sure about RL 17's temp sensitivity yet... that would be a big consideration for me. It does give very good velocity.

    Varget is not the best powder for the 300 WSM

    Welcome and good shooting,

    -MR
     
  4. lcq

    lcq New Member

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    Thanks for the help, I'll start with the IMR. BTW what load are you using for the 110gr Vmax.

    Brian
     
  5. BountyHunter

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    MRP
    RL17
    H4350

    Is my order of preference. 7 years now.

    BH
     
  6. tailbon3

    tailbon3 Well-Known Member

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    So far I've shot RL-19, Varget, and H4381sc through my plain jane Weatherby Vanguard with 150 gr Hornady SST. All three were acceptably accurate for 200yard shooting but Varget won hands down in accuracy. I got MOA accuracy with Varget. I haven't done anything to 'accurize' my weatherby either.
     
  7. eddybo

    eddybo Well-Known Member

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    vv560 with the 168 class bullets
     
  8. baldhunter

    baldhunter Well-Known Member

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    I'm loading 65.0grs of IMR-4350 and 69.0grs of Reloader-22 using 165gr bullets in my 300WSM.I get good groups,around 1/2"-3/4",I give a slight edge to Reloader-22.