Question about 190gr Berger's

Discussion in 'Reloading' started by Firearrow, Dec 20, 2013.

  1. Firearrow

    Firearrow Well-Known Member

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    Finished working up my load for my new barrel and my most accurate load came out to be 73gr of RE-22. This is beig fired from a 300 Winmag. I'm getting 3050 fps with no swipes, or any other pressure signs. My last load was no where near this speed. I'm worried that this load is a little to hot, even though I don't have any pressure signs yet.
    I might be scared to pull the trigger when the temps hit the 90's too!!!!

    So the question is, if any of you guys are running RE-22 and a 190 what are you guys getting for speed, and your guys opinion about this combo if you aren't using this combo.
     
  2. NW Hunter

    NW Hunter Well-Known Member

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    Firearrow,
    What is your barrel length?
    What chronograph are you using?
    Do you trust your scale?

    Berger manual says 74.0 grains RE-22 gives 2970 fps in a 26" tube.

    That being said, I get 3018 fps using 78.9 gr H1000 in a 24" tube with 190 grain Bergers in my 300WM. Berger says 79.2 gr H1000 in a 26" tube gives 2971 fps.

    So, it is possible to get more fps depending on the rifle. But unless you are using a 28" to 30" barrel, you may be too hot.
    I have used RE-22 in the past with good velocity and accuracy. In the summer, I started to get pressure signs so I changed to H1000 and have never been sorry.
     

  3. Firearrow

    Firearrow Well-Known Member

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    Using a 26" barrel, and I should have thrown this out earlier too. I'm using RWS brass. I started off trying H1000, RE-22, and H4831sc. All of my charges have been faster than posted speed. It just happen to work out that my most accurate load was my fastest too. But 3050 in winter time makes me a bit nervous. I will rework the H1000, maybe try some 215m too. Don't want to shoot my barrel out in 500 shots.

    As for my scale I always calibrate it before I start and check it periotically. My chrono is a Shoot'en Chrony.
     
  4. NW Hunter

    NW Hunter Well-Known Member

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    Firearrow,
    Sounds like you have a fast barrel.
    I also use RWS brass.
    I have found that my rifle likes CCI BRII large rifle primers with H1000.

    It would probably be wise to shoot some reduced test loads when the weather gets hot for some piece of mind.

    I'm still curious about your chronograph.
    Personally, I would borrow a friends' and see if it shows the same velocity.
     
  5. Firearrow

    Firearrow Well-Known Member

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    I will try another chrono, and try some other loads. O darn now I have to go shoot again.
     
  6. cowboy

    cowboy Well-Known Member

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    If you haven't checked your rifle in the field to verify your chrony velocity readings to your clicks you might want to start there.

    I would never take a chrony reading as gospel without actual field verification.
     
  7. Firearrow

    Firearrow Well-Known Member

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    Good idea. Will give that a go as well.
     
  8. Nimrodmar10

    Nimrodmar10 Well-Known Member

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    I have a Remington 700 XCR Long Range Tactical in 300 WM with a 26" barrel. I'm also shooting the Berger 190 grain VLD loaded with 73 grains of RL-22. I'm getting 2986 fps without pressure signs. Thats at 60°. Those results are over two different chronographs, 10 feet from the muzzle. It's a very accurate load in my rifle. I took a real nice antelope with it at 542 yards in Wyoming the first of October. Bullet performed just as advertised.

    Your results don't seem out of line when compared with mine. If you're concerned with summer temps, carry a round in an inner pocket to keep it warm, 98.6°, then fire it. I do the opposite with an ice chest when testing hunting loads during the summer.