7mm 180gr VLD Hunting

LVJ76

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I am going to try out this bullet in my 7mm Rem Mag with rome RL23 and I'm curious how far of the lands is best for it before I load up some rounds

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my experience with vlds they normally dont like much jump I always start them right at the lands that way you only have one way to adjust. I have seen them shoot well out of a couple rifles with a much larger jump seems to be the exception though you may also look at the 175 elite hunter I dont think they are as picky on seating depth
 
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I usually wind up at .010”-.015” OTL’s with mine. I’d have to read Berger’s website again but they talk about seating depths tests with ( I think) .010”, .060”, and .120” OTL’s. They go into more explanation that this is a newer concept for them being that far off the lands and they thought initially they had to be +.010” into the lands to approx -.010” OTL.

If you load all starting at .010” OTL, you can just set them deeper to try out if the .010” OTL doesn’t work out.
 

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my experience with vlds they normally dont like much jump I always start them right at the lands that way you only have one way to adjust. I have seen them shoot well out of a couple rifles with a much larger jump seems to be the exception though you may also look at the 175 elite hunter I dont think they are as picky on seating depth

I usually wind up at .010”-.015” OTL’s with mine. I’d have to read Berger’s website again but they talk about seating depths tests with ( I think) .010”, .060”, and .120” OTL’s. They go into more explanation that this is a newer concept for them being that far off the lands and they thought initially they had to be +.010” into the lands to approx -.010” OTL.

If you load all starting at .010” OTL, you can just set them deeper to try out if the .010” OTL doesn’t work out.

Thanks for help, I appreciate it guys.
 

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Thanks @Buckreed. I've been reading they like to be close to the lands but wanted some real life experience advice.

Stay safe
 
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They generally tend to shoot well at two locations, within .015" of the lands, and some other .020"-.030" window farther off the lands. Sometimes the closer one shoots better, sometimes the farther one does. Generally, I just load them .010" off, run a pressure test to find max pressure and a flat spot, then load a ladder through the flat spot and shoot them at 600 or so yards and I'm done, but I have loaded them in several 7mm mags, so I know them pretty good. I have had a couple that I ran a seating depth test like Berger said, and have had a few that shot good farther, one liked .055" off and another shot really well at .100" off. But like I said, almost all of them did just fine when I loaded them up at .010" off.

If you want to play around, run a seating depth test. If you just want to get a quick load, load .010" off and go.
 

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My experience is most like it close. Yet I have one that shoots best at .090 off. Each rifle is different. Cody's advice is solid. If that doesn't meet your expectations, you can do the Berger seating test.
 

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Thanks guys for the great advise I appreciate the input. I'll do what @codyadams mentioned and start with a seating depth test.

Thanks again and stay safe all
 

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Fairly new to reloading. I am a machinist. Interesting thread. I have not paid attention to the distance to the barrel lands. How is this distance checked? Thanks in advance.
 

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