7mm 180gr Berger VLD

Discussion in 'Reloading' started by 340Shooter, Jan 19, 2010.

  1. 340Shooter

    340Shooter Well-Known Member

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    Has anyone tried this bullet in the 7mm STW? Just picked up some and hoping my rifle stabilizes them. What is a good powder to start with?
     
  2. morhuntin

    morhuntin Well-Known Member

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    Well i'm using them with great success out to about 1200 yards with my 7 rum,I'm loading 85grns retumbo at 2850 fps, don't know if this helps but my best group is 2.75" at 600 i'm happy with this and of course want better but at the cost of powder and lack of components i'll stick with this.I think theres a thread on chambers and bullets on here somewhere try searching it may have more info.
     

  3. LewisH

    LewisH Well-Known Member

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    Retumbo. Start with 76-77grs.
     
  4. Jumpalot

    Jumpalot Well-Known Member

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    Sounds like some great groups but I can't believe that's all your getting for velocity out of your RUM and that much Retumbo. Berger shows that 66.4 grns of Retumbo in a 7 RM will get you 2849fps.
     
  5. BMcKell

    BMcKell Well-Known Member

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    I use 79 grains Retumbo for 3050 FPS in my STW. 26 inch barrel Sendero.
     
  6. morhuntin

    morhuntin Well-Known Member

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    all i can say is trial and error led me to this load, reduced velocity for increased accuracy is fine by me plus the barrel will live longer. And I've shot over the chrono 3 different times no more than 5fps spread,numbers seamed low to me too but maybe that just the powder lot i have.
     
  7. Jumpalot

    Jumpalot Well-Known Member

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    I wouldn't change it either if it shoots well. It just sounded like an awful lot of powder for that velocity. Have you tried any other powders?
     
  8. Too Tall Rosenwald

    Too Tall Rosenwald Well-Known Member

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    I use 83 grains of US869, behind the 180 Berger. Soots farther than I can, accurately.
     
  9. 340Shooter

    340Shooter Well-Known Member

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    Thanks for the replies. I have some US869 and Retumbo, so will give them a try.