i have a custom rifle with a 25" barrel with about another 1" long brake on it. i measured from where it starts up against the action. it is a 1:9" twist. i have reloaded before for 308 and 6.5 cm and 6.5 saum. this is my first belted magnum.. i will be using it to hunt elk (cow elk). i have plently of h1000, rl26, and retumbo. i also have plenty of primers but i am trying to find a good bullet match to start with. 200 brand new nosler brass (NICE STUFF!) i like berger bullets overall. i was playing with the berger twist rate calculator and realized i really don't know what MV's i should expect with that barrel so it messes up the calculator. i really want to use the 195 eol's but the calculator isn't liking that. it looks like 180 gr is about as heavy as i can go. i was just guessing at about 2900 fps. i do like to practice out to 1000+ plus yards. i don't like pushing pressure in a hunting rifle so trying to increase mv on the 195's seems like a bad idea,,, am i wrong? any other thoughts on a bullet choice, 160 accubonds? are they good past 500 yds? any load ideas for my combo is appreciated, i will make my own judgement of course and work up a load.