264 Win Mag RL26 Data/recommendations

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Thanks for all the info gentlemen! I stopped by said gun store today and got a pound of Retumbo and a pound of RL 33. I know why he has them... Ouch! Anyway I have a couple hundred pieces of new R-P 7mm Rem Mag brass that’s why I asked about it. I do appreciate proper head stamp but it’s not crucial for me in this application. I prefer the best quality brass I can get after the hornady 6.5 Saum deal. :mad: So I’ll probably go with the ADG.

I wasn’t sure if I could stabilize the 140 HVLD’S so been looking into the 130 gr class. No stability issues plus higher velocity to offset the 24” tube. I’m thinking bonded or mono so I will definitely check out the Hammers. I’m gonna order Redding dies this week and a couple different projectiles to try. I appreciate all the replies keep the data coming! Thanks
 

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I have the exact same rifle ( 23.5" Bbl ) I bought new years ago. I use the Barnes 120gr TSX & it is deadly accurate. Taken several elk with it. Slow powders like Ramshot Magnum, Rel 33, Retumbo, etc. IMR-7828 also good with the 120gr bullets. IMR- 4350 way to fast for good velocity.
 

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I have the exact same rifle ( 23.5" Bbl ) I bought new years ago. I use the Barnes 120gr TSX & it is deadly accurate. Taken several elk with it. Slow powders like Ramshot Magnum, Rel 33, Retumbo, etc. IMR-7828 also good with the 120gr bullets. IMR- 4350 way to fast for good velocity.
Cool! Glad you chimed in. I was wondering if the slow powders would work with the lighter bullets. I really like the rifle can’t wait to shoot it!
 

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I recently acquired an 1986 Remington 700 Classic, 24” 1-9” twist 264 Win Mag. very fresh looking bore! Not new to Reloading just this caliber. I have H 4350, H 1000 and RL25 but seeing the numbers RL26 is putting up I’m interested in getting some. I have lots of Berger 130 & 140 gr HVLD’s but I am willing to try other projectiles as well. Been looking at the Swift Scirocco 2 130’s and 129 gr Nosler accubond LR. Not opposed to Barnes either. Any data or recommendations on the caliber and or components mentioned would be appreciated. This load/rifle will be used on Midwest deer from 100 to 500 yards at around 500-1500 FSL Thanks in advance.
You might also look at the Hammer 121s....they shoot real good in my m700 9 twist with RL26 around 3300 fps.
 

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I have the exact same rifle ( 23.5" Bbl ) I bought new years ago. I use the Barnes 120gr TSX & it is deadly accurate. Taken several elk with it. Slow powders like Ramshot Magnum, Rel 33, Retumbo, etc. IMR-7828 also good with the 120gr bullets. IMR- 4350 way to fast for good velocity.
My Rem SF2 will push 120 BT's at 3250 with IMR 4350 , did not like Retumbo , not accurate with it. Temp sensitivity not an issue where I hunt.
Just a little input as all guns are different.
 

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I had a Sako Finnbear at one time. The only thing I could get it to shoot
well with was 120 grain bullets. I tried every combination I could come
up with using 140 grain stuff. Ended up selling the gun.
Zeke
 

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My very old 264 sporter mag model 70 spent most of its life killing deer with 120 Nos BT over 58g of IMR 4350. I still have my notes from the work up I did 15 Nov 87 which was a cool windy day in West Texas. Sub MOA groups on a sporter barrel with a bullet that killed deer like poison. I never changed a thing for over 30years. Only recently I decided to upgrade to newer powders and bullets. It’s a little long in the throat, but not burned out. I have found it likes 64.6 H1000 behind the 143g ELDX 3020fps. But I also had almost identical results with 66.2g Magpro 3015. Imr 8133 fills the case at 62.2 and starts crunching during seating ...best speed I got was 2900 but they were very consistent. Retumbo SD was too high and I gave up on it. I scored a pound of RL26 and some 7977 last week. I will give them a try next week.
 

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Got a great load with 140 ab and rl 19 or 22 I’ll look up when I get home and shoot you the info for a starting point.1/2 moa all day 5 shot groups. I did find the seating depth played a big role as one had quite a bit longer throat in rem700 vs win 70 so I’d find out where your lands are engaging
 
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My very old 264 sporter mag model 70 spent most of its life killing deer with 120 Nos BT over 58g of IMR 4350. I still have my notes from the work up I did 15 Nov 87 which was a cool windy day in West Texas. Sub MOA groups on a sporter barrel with a bullet that killed deer like poison. I never changed a thing for over 30years. Only recently I decided to upgrade to newer powders and bullets. It’s a little long in the throat, but not burned out. I have found it likes 64.6 H1000 behind the 143g ELDX 3020fps. But I also had almost identical results with 66.2g Magpro 3015. Imr 8133 fills the case at 62.2 and starts crunching during seating ...best speed I got was 2900 but they were very consistent. Retumbo SD was too high and I gave up on it. I scored a pound of RL26 and some 7977 last week. I will give them a try next week.
What is the twist of the old gun?
Let us know how the 7977 works out. I couldn't get the EDLX's to stabilize with the powders I had on hand.
 

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I recently acquired an 1986 Remington 700 Classic, 24” 1-9” twist 264 Win Mag. very fresh looking bore! Not new to Reloading just this caliber. I have H 4350, H 1000 and RL25 but seeing the numbers RL26 is putting up I’m interested in getting some. I have lots of Berger 130 & 140 gr HVLD’s but I am willing to try other projectiles as well. Been looking at the Swift Scirocco 2 130’s and 129 gr Nosler accubond LR. Not opposed to Barnes either. Any data or recommendations on the caliber and or components mentioned would be appreciated. This load/rifle will be used on Midwest deer from 100 to 500 yards at around 500-1500 FSL Thanks in advance.
59 gr of H4831 SC topped with a Hornady 143 gr ELD-X, Fed 215 Primer. 2940 fps. Not a barn burner but scary accurate in my Win Classic with Boss.
 
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Thanks guys! I appreciate all the load data
Stx:
Good to know about powder valley. I’ll try the hammer bullets. I’ve heard nothing but good things about them.

Zeke:
I’ve noticed that Sako usually has slower twist rates. My 223 is a 1-12” & my 22-250 is a 1-14”. I just load appropriately bullet weight wise and always get stellar accuracy.

Pdyson:
Let us know if you have any luck with RL 26 & or the 7977.

Rugerman 77:
I have both RL 19 & RL 22 so interested in your data. I have the Sinclair depth tool and use it frequently. I’ll find the lands and go from there.

22250imp:
4831 is about the only powder mentioned I don’t have (besides RL 26 & 7977) and I’m with you I only load for best accuracy not highest velocity.
 

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I’ve looked and looked and cannot find it for the life of me. I think I sent a box that was labeled with info for the load with my dad. He’s going to look for it. It was with rl22 I did have that much but the rest of the data is missing out of my book. I’ll let you know soon
 

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