Reloader 22 in .270 help. RL17?

Discussion in 'Reloading' started by jsimonh, Sep 11, 2010.

  1. jsimonh

    jsimonh Well-Known Member

    Jul 27, 2010
    Hi Guys, Long time lurker first time poster.

    I have a Remington 700 Sendero in .270 (26in barrel with a few bells and whistles) set up for long range shooting/hunting. I recently began reloading for myself and have tried a couple of different powders with decent luck. I started by using H414 and Nosler 130 BT, but have since moved on to RL22 with Berger 150 VLD's. I love the Berger's but I'm unsure of the RL22. My manuals list 3010fps as the fastest load at 58.5gr of RL22, but when I chronoed 20 shells I came up with an average of 3030 using only 57.5gr. Which brings me to my questions.

    Is there anyway that this is correct? Do any of you guys have load data for the .270 (150's) with RL22?

    Also, I've been trying to find info on RL17 vs RL22 and haven't had much luck. Alot of what I have found compared RL17 to 4350, which wouldn't really make a switch worth it.
  2. Gunpoor

    Gunpoor Well-Known Member

    Apr 28, 2007
    I have used R22 in only one cartridge (300Winmag) with miserable results, but that doesn't mean anything. From what the Nosler manual states, R22 gave the best accuracy at the lower pressure of the loads they list. From my own experience with the 270Win I have found H1000 powder gives excellent accuracy and higher velocities using 140 grain bullets and am sure it would work with 150 grain bullets also. The probable reason you are seeing higher velicity than those listed in your data manual is due to the 26" barrel your Sendero sports compared to most 270's of 22"or 24", but I don't know this as fact. Usually the manual will state the barrel length of their test barrel. Every rifle/barrel is a law unto itself when determining max loads and velocity as the data manuals are a very good guide. I have loaded for rifles that were at the top-end of safe pressure at near starting loads and others that were loaded slightly above the listed max loads, though I never assume anything just because it is listed on paper.