I told you that I use 2000MR in my match gun but I also just worked up a load with Varget to see what it would do. My gun has a 11 twist 28 inch barrel and with 42.7 grains of Varget it shot a 5 shot group at 200 yards today that could be completely covered with a penny. CCI BR2 primers, Lapua brass, .025 off the lands, once fired brass with .002 neck tension. The chrono showed a ES of 7 for 5 shots with an avg velocity of 2650 ftps. A good friend of mine has a 12 twist 26 inch barreled rifle that shoots the 185 juggernauts really well with Varget and he's using 43.3 grs. with a Wolf primer jumping them .020 to the lands. He's getting 2650 ftps. also, I think thats the low node for Varget. The higher node will be over 2700, probably about 2725 but will be harder on your brass. We are both running the same velocity but he needs more powder to do it and thats where the longer barrels come into play. Start about 42.5 grains of Varget and work up and you'll find it. Good luck........gun)I agree varget is a very good powder. It is also very temperature insensitive. I spent a lot of time with it packed behind a 168gn but havent tried the 185 with it. I think 2700 might be a max load but ill have to work up some loads and see to know for sure.
Yes, you can get over 2700 ftps. with Varget in a 26 inch barrel if you wanna run it on a higher node but its harder on your brass, if that doesn't matter roll with with. My 2000MR load is pretty stiff, im running the 185s over 2800 but after 4 firings i have to chunk the brass as the primer pockets are toast but that load has served me very well in FTR matches.Wow speck thats very impressive. Some of you guys really get your loads dialed in well. Im jealous.
I guess its very possible to hit 2700 with a 185gn and varget in a 26" tube, that was a good call by green.
You said you buddy shoots the juggernauts out of a 1:12 barrel?
Does he have any stability problems outta that load?