RL-17 in a 7mm-08

Discussion in 'Reloading' started by 400bull, Jun 29, 2011.

  1. 400bull

    400bull Well-Known Member

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    I recently picked up a Browning X-bolt 7mm-08 and plan on putting some rounds together for it over the holiday weekend. I have a bunch of RL-17 setting at home that I would like to use up. Any thoughts in using RL-17 in a 7mm-08? The bullet of choose at this time will be the Nosler 140 Accubond.

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  2. Plott hound

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    I have the Sako finn lite in 7mm-08 . It loves Varget and 140 accubonds. It is summer and the loads you work up now will not be the same in fall -winter. Need to try the temp extreme powders.:)
     

  3. flyman321

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    I recently picked up a Winchester M70 Featherweight in 7mm-08. It shoots well with 140 gr Accubonds using Varget. I started at 41.5 gr and worked up in 1/2 gr increments. Haven't used RL- 17.
     
  4. 400bull

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    What kind of velocities are you getting with Varget? I have not been able to get to the range yet to test out my RL-17 loads yet. I hopping to get somewhere around 2850 fps. If I can not get the speeds/groups from RL-17 that I am wanting I will give Varget and H414 ago.

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  5. flyman321

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    2870in 22 inch bbl. Ambient temp 99 degrees. 43 gr
     
  6. Plott hound

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    I was loading to max. 2925 fps. Will go up stairs and see what my load is if you are interested.
     
  7. flyman321

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    For sure. Thanks
     
  8. Plott hound

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    I am loading max at 45.3 gr. 140 gr accubond rem cases and win primers. It will shoot .379 cold and .410 warmed up a bit. i would work up to that load carefully.gun)
     
  9. flyman321

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    gun)sounds like a great load. Many thanks
     
  10. 400bull

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    Sounds like I need to run down to the local sporting goods store to pick up a can of Varget.
     
  11. flyman321

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    I did see a max load of 44.6 gr of Varget with a listed velocity of 3,050 fps which I'm assuming would be at or close to max, if not a bit past. I've never loaded that hot. Didn't see any accuracy data for it. Seems to me that your load would be hard to beat
     
  12. flyman321

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    Do you hunt with handguns?gun)
     
  13. Plott hound

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    Was just wondering if you guys have tryed the varget yet. I should also mention that when I got the second jug of Varget I had to RE work up my load. It just did not shoot as well as first. Next time I buy Varget it will be in a 8 lb jug. Plott Hound
     
  14. wildchild

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    These #'s must be from short barrels??? 24" and under?? Im getting an 7mm-08 improved this week chambered on a benchmark 3 grove and have a 28" blank that I was going to cut off around 26.5 or so. Hopeing to shoot RL 17 with 162'S and launch em around 2850 2900! Maybe im dreamn!!!