300WM 196 HH - RL26

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FYI if anyone is interested, I am just finishing up finalizing a load in my 300WM with the 196 HH with RL26 and so far it has been enlightening to say the least. I settled in on 3155 fps with RL26 and first testing is around 0.5MOA at 100 yards. I haven't measured it with caliper etc but am satisfied with the rough tape measurement just to keep load development going forward. This is in an older G1 Sendero (26" brl) 2000 vintage that I bought new then so it has a high round count but still seems to get it done. This load does not show any pressure at all, primers still rounded and bolt lift is normal. I will be repriming this brass tomorrow but do not expect loose pockets based upon observations thus far. I also shot the 181 HH in it and the velocity was crazy with RL26 and really prefer heavier bullets so worked on the 196 for my hunting load this fall. My posting is just to provide info that RL26 with the 196 is showing pretty good accuracy and velocity. I haven't seen many postings on the 196 so thought I post up for info.
 

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how fast did you get the 181? im having good luck with 7828ssc in mine.
 

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Well over 3300 and stopped at 3333 just because I didn't have ladder deep enough but 3333 was certainly fast enough! Shot well and the PBR was insane but I prefer the 196 or heavier for the 300WM and so far am thrilled with the 196 performance. I just like the 300WM hitting with heavier bullets down range. The 300WM just seems to be better suited for me with the heavier bullets. Plus hitting an elk with heavier is always a good idea.
 

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RL26 is called "pixie dust" for a reason😂 Some bullet weights just seem to light up incredibly well.
 

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Wolf76: Attached is the Alliant RL26 recipes from moments ago. The velocities shown will be passed very quickly due to 181HH design as I bet you already know. In my rifle (G1 Sendero 26" barrel) the CBTO resulted in being about 0.95 off to meet the max COAL of the internal hinged floor plate of the stock 700 Sendero. So plenty of jump and it didn't bother the accuracy at all. There are 180 grain bullets listed so that is what I chose to begin the ladder well below those max powder charges. I am also anal on pushing pressure in ladders so I used 0.3 gr increments when I am in an unknown situation which I know is overly cautious to some or most but that is my decision to protect the brass as much as possible. I stop when I see even the faintest signs of pressure which is normally confirmed when I shoot the next 0.3 increment and protects the brass for me. I just feel it is in my best interest to load this conservatively. I will say I saw velocity immediately above the table expected so keep that in mind as well.
 

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