Looking for help with Nosler Partition load

Discussion in 'Reloading' started by derrelw, Feb 16, 2013.

  1. derrelw

    derrelw Well-Known Member

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    I'm trying to tweak a .260 Remington load for Deer and Antelope using Varget and 125gr Nosler Partitions. I cant seem to get groups smaller than 1" at 100yds. My best results to date have been w/ 38gr of Varget and 2.850 OAL. (2.904 is touching the lands).
    Using 120gr SMK's and Varget this rifle will do .25" groups at 100yds all day long.
    Savage 11 w/ 22" Douglas XX and 1-9 twist.
    Any suggestions?

    BTW I also have IMR-4350 & H-4350 on hand
     

  2. derrelw

    derrelw Well-Known Member

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    Ok can anyone suggest a more accurate hunting bullet? How about Sierra Game Kings?
     

  3. D.ID

    D.ID Well-Known Member

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    I Think you would have a lot easier time getting tight groups running a berger "hunting" bullet. They are great for dear and antelope. P.S. not saying anything bad about gamekings, but I would still look at bergers for a 260 dear round.
     
  4. Shortmagman

    Shortmagman Well-Known Member

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    I would try another bullet. My Remington Model 7 with a Hart barrel likes both 120 Barnes TTSX and the 130 grain Nosler Accubond bullet. The Nosler Partition has a reputation of not always being the most accurate bullet even though some rifles with shot it great and it is a great hunting bullet.
     
  5. tomt

    tomt Well-Known Member

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    I've never loaded for the .260 Rem, but here are some observations. 38gr of Varget is 88% case fill, that leaves some air space that could be affecting MV. 43gr of IMR 4350 has 96% case fill and 43gr of H-4350 has 98% case fill. I would try the H-4350 because of the temperature stability of the powder. Remember the Partition is a flat base hunting bullet, if you can get sub-moa the deer won't notice the difference.:D
     
  6. derrelw

    derrelw Well-Known Member

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    Thank you guys I'll try all of the above and post back the results.
     
  7. derrelw

    derrelw Well-Known Member

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    OK I tried the Partitons with 43gr of H4350 & IMR4350 and still can't get better than 1" groups at 100yds.

    I tried 130gr Nosler AccuBonds with 43gr of H4350 and got 1" groups.

    Tried the same AccuBonds with 43gr of IMR4350 and got 1/2" groups at 100yds and 1 1/4" groups at 300yds. :)

    I think I'll play with the IMR / AccuBond combo to see if I can tighten it up even more.
     
  8. Catfur

    Catfur Well-Known Member

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    You can hit a deer in the eyeball with that at 300 yards. Why mess with success (unless messing around is the point)?
     
  9. derrelw

    derrelw Well-Known Member

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    I agree that this will be a great hunting round as is but I'm always trying to get every bit of potential out of everything.
     
  10. g0rd0

    g0rd0 Well-Known Member

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    try 140 grn partition a freind has a 6.5x 55 in a huskavarna and that is all he uses, it is a real tack driver
     
  11. derrelw

    derrelw Well-Known Member

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    My rifle has a 1-9 twist so I've not tried anything bigger than 130gr. The partitions are tough to find these days.