Finally good range time

Discussion in 'Long Range Hunting & Shooting' started by mnhntr, Apr 25, 2012.

  1. mnhntr

    mnhntr Well-Known Member

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    After 2 very frustrating range sessions and experimenting with 2 different bullets trying to find a good consistent, accurate load, it all came together. I bought a Savage LRP in .260 last fall and did not get to shoot over the winter but a little experimenting last fall and this spring was frustrating to say the least. I really wanted to get every bit of accuracy out of this rifle because I plan to do some 1000-1500 yd shooting. Well let me tell you I had no idea 0.010in is such a huge deal in seating depth with target bullets. I found that 41.5gr of H4350, Federal Match LR primers and 140gr Berger VLDs are awsome when seated to 2.260 at the ogive and 42gr H4350 same primer and a 142gr SMK seated 2.260 at the ogive are almost as good. here are the two best groups. I now have to load some up and zero the scope and test at long range. The 3 rd groups were shot at 100yds and the Bergers gave me .240in and the SMKs gave me .288in. I know 3rd groups are not as good as 5 but I was in a hurry to try these babies.
     

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  2. DMP25-06

    DMP25-06 Well-Known Member

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    GREAT SHOOTING !

    Is your rifle a Model 12 LRP ?
    I have been trying to decide if I wanted to purchase one .
    What brass did you use , and did you chronograph the velocities of these loads ?

    Thank You ,
    DMP25-06
     

  3. Korhil78

    Korhil78 Well-Known Member

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    I know that it may be a typo but don't get confused and think you are supposed to have an OAL of 2.260 like you posted. :)

    Very nice shooting though!
     
  4. mnhntr

    mnhntr Well-Known Member

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    Yes it is a 12 LRP. The brass is Winchester 7mm-08 necked down. I chronoed a few loads prior to this but not these. The loads I chronoed were with 142 gr SMKs and H4350. I got a 5 shot avg for the following loads.
    2730 fps with 41.5gr H4350
    2775 fps with 42.5grH4350
    2863 fps with 43.5gr H4350
    2918 fps with 44.5gr H4350
     
  5. 7mmRemMag

    7mmRemMag Well-Known Member

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    Looks like it worked out pretty good! Great shooting!
     
  6. mnhntr

    mnhntr Well-Known Member

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    It is not the COAL but the measurement to the ogive with a comparator. I will get COAL now that I found a seating depth.
     
  7. grit

    grit Well-Known Member

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    Gotta love the accuracy of a good rifle! From the looks of your pics, your trouble appears to be, you were doing things upside down. :D
     
  8. A Train

    A Train Well-Known Member

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    Great shooting! i am still working on loads for mine. i was wondering about berger bullets. you just answered my question.