Reloading 150gr. Nosler Ballistic Tips

Discussion in 'Rifles, Bullets, Barrels & Ballistics' started by Kenster-Boy, Sep 2, 2004.

  1. Kenster-Boy

    Kenster-Boy Well-Known Member

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    I have been trying to work up a load with my 7mm rem mag. I want to stay with the 150 gr. ballistic tips but I can't seem to get them to shoot a good group. the powders that I have tried are IMR's 4350, 4831 and I was wondering what other type of powers or what else I should try. Any help would be much appreciated.

    Note: my gun has a 9.5 twist and a 26 inch barrel
     
  2. Reloader

    Reloader Well-Known Member

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    7mm Mag Man,

    You might want to give R22 a try. My 7 RM loves it w/ alot of different pills.

    Good Luck!

    Reloader
     

  3. johnny k.

    johnny k. Well-Known Member

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    I have to agree with Reloader on that one. I feed my 7Mag 67gr RL22 and CCI BR2's with the Nosler 150gr Ballistic Tip. This combo has been the doom of many a whitetail in N.C.! Bullets are run out to .010" off rifling. Accuracy has been phenominal! Good luck. Johnny K.
     
  4. Kenster-Boy

    Kenster-Boy Well-Known Member

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    Where can I find reloading information on the RL22. Is there a handbook or something out there to go by. I don't want to over carge my gun and wind up missing an arm or worse yet a head.
     
  5. Fergus Bailey

    Fergus Bailey Well-Known Member

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    You might want to try Hogdon. Some load data here 7mm RM data Drop back a few grains on the slower burning 140gn loads and try those powders too.

    Fergus

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  6. brian b

    brian b Well-Known Member

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    7mmag man,
    for the most part I agree with tommy b and
    others about RL22 but my 7mmRemMag wont shoot
    it either no matter what load I have tried,
    my sako seem's to like 65gr. of vvn560 with
    150gr. B.T.'s
     
  7. sure shot

    sure shot Well-Known Member

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    7 Mag, I Use 67.5gr of R-22 behind that 150gr Ballistic tip With a Rem. Mag primer Out of my 700 LSS. This load produces .3in 5 shot groups with only 2 holes in the paper at 100 yards.

    My 7mm mag loves R-22 as do most 7mm and 300 mags. This R-22/B TIP combo is THE MOST ACCURATE load I ever used in my 7mm Mag. It is a shame the Ballistic doesent hold up to Magnum velocity within 100 yards. I had 2 problems with this bullet before so a retired it to a target load only. Good Luck.

    PS: You might want to try the Accubound.

    150gr bullet Min. Charge Max. Charge
    Reloader 22 From: 60.0 grains to 68.5 grains

    There is a lot of info out there for R-22 powder try Lyman 47th or 48th edition, Try Alliant's web site I'm sure they have some load data there you can print out.

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  8. Aussie

    Aussie Well-Known Member

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    Anyone compared the accuracy of the 140gn Nosler BT with the 150gn ?
    I have a model 70 featherweight 7mm WSM that shoots 5 into about 1.2 inches at 100 yds with the 140gn . Not expecting miracles but wondered whether the 150gn is likely to be any better ?
    Tried the 139gn Hornady SST with terrible results .
     
  9. Varmint Hunter

    Varmint Hunter Well-Known Member

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    I know you shouldn't generalize BUT: I've noticed that large capacity cases SEEM to be more accurate with the heavvier bullets. Not always, but often. Your 7WSM might shoot better with 150-160gr bullets than it has been with the 140's.
    My 7STW has shot some incredibly small groups with 150gr BT's and 160gr Accubonds. The twist in my 7STW is a bit slow, so 160gr is the longest/heaviest that I use in my rifle. A factory twist will shoot almost any weight; except for the heavy VLD bullets that are intended for fast twist barrels.

    Give the "heavys" a try.

    VH

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  10. sniper2

    sniper2 Well-Known Member

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    69 gr. 7828 a 150 nosler with a 3.270 o.a.l.
    will shoot min. in my 7 mag stock rifle.
     
  11. JustC

    JustC Well-Known Member

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    IMR7828 or RL22!!!
     
  12. brian b

    brian b Well-Known Member

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    Aussie,
    I had to laugh when you said that the Hornady 139grSST shot terrible,try the Hornady 154grInterbond they shoot worse than any bullet I have EVER tested. I have been testing the 160gr Accubond lately and it shoot's very good with 7828
     
  13. kraky

    kraky Well-Known Member

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    Brian--and I had to laugh when I saw you post that the 154 interbond shoots so badly. The good old 154 hornady interlock used to shoot so good in ANY 7 mag I tried. Isn't it wierd how "the new" doesn't always mirror "the old".
     
  14. johnny k.

    johnny k. Well-Known Member

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    I haven't tried the Hornady IB's but I did give the 154gr SST's a try and they shot fairly well, mid .5's for 4-shot group. That was with 65gr of RL22 and the CCI BR2. That's the only load I tried and haven't been back to them yet.