Loads for 7mm Dakota with 168 Berger VLD

Discussion in 'Reloading' started by rpatowers, Oct 28, 2011.

  1. rpatowers

    rpatowers Well-Known Member

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    Can anyone please suggest some loads for the 7mm Dakota and 168 Berger VLD bullets?

    Thanks!!
     
  2. LouBoyd

    LouBoyd Well-Known Member

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    For SAAMI cartridge dimensions the Quickload simulator suggests VV-N570 will give the highest velocity at a moderate pressure of 52000 psi (a 98% fill ratio) and a muzzle velocity of just over 3000 fps from a 26" barrel.
    Without knowing the rifle characteristics like barrel length and the seating depth of the bullet where it's touching the lands, anything offered here is just guessing.
     

  3. rcdinaz

    rcdinaz Well-Known Member

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    I can't help with the 168's yet other than what Berger sent me. I just finished setting up the 180's in my gun.

    75gr H1000 is where I ended up, around 3,050fps.

    From Berger (sorry about the formatting):
    7mm Dakota
    (COAL - 3.330"; Barrel Length - 26")

    Bullet
    Powder Start Load Approximate Start Velocity Max Load Approximate Max Velocity Fill Ratio
    168 Grain H4831 SC 64.5 2747 70.0 2977 91.5%
    168 Grain IMR 7828 SSC 63.0 2762 68.6 3001 90.2%
    168 Grain RE 25 65.5 2784 71.1 3000 96.5%
    168 Grain AA MAGPRO 66.0 2748 72.0 3003 91.7%
    168 Grain RETUMBO 68.0 2784 74.0 3014 99.4%
    168 Grain Ramshot Magnum 68.5 2757 74.7 3013 93.8%
    168 Grain VIHT N560 63.5 2781 68.9 3009 89.2%
    168 Grain WW WXR 63.5 2770 68.7 2981 90.3%