Reloder 26

Discussion in 'Reloading' started by 41rem, Jun 14, 2016.

  1. jwing

    jwing Well-Known Member

    Mar 7, 2011
    I got the same but quit at 47, lab radar, 26 inc

    46.5 shoots great, got some new brass coming will try it. Also imr 4955 shoots great at 2855 is
  2. Lonewolf74

    Lonewolf74 Well-Known Member

    May 12, 2016
    Wedgy; do you mind if I ask what load your using in the 243 and the volocity and group size you get?

    Right now I'm using RL 25 in my 243 with 105 berger vld's with good results out of a factory 9 twist barrel. I haven't chronod em yet but I'm happy with accuracy and that they stabilize. And in theory the faster I can push em the better they should be outa my rifle, so I'm interested in the RL 26
  3. Wedgy

    Wedgy Well-Known Member

    Feb 9, 2013
    47.5 grains of RL26 was right around 3400fps from a 7 twist 26" Fed210m 0.020" off
    The Federal brass(some scrap that I used for testing) gave 40-50fps more with the same powder charge than the Win brass I ended up using. Held 1.4" at 400 yards without tuning for seating depth, neck tension, etc. but I have kind of switched most of my stuff to lead free so I'm not messing with this load that much. Kind of a shame as that load would smash our smaller coastal deer, but welcome to California;
    pay more and get less. Lead free are about $1/ per bullet.
    Cutting Edge 100 grain runs about 3150 with 47.5 grains of RL 26. I ran it up to ~3240 and was still safe but wanted to be well below so I can still shoot on those 100F+ days. Keep us posted.
  4. bigbulls

    bigbulls Well-Known Member

    Jan 11, 2015
    What were your groups like? or were you just checking velocity
  5. Bowfishn

    Bowfishn Well-Known Member

    Nov 4, 2012
    Just checking velocity and what pressure signs were like. I have some Hornady brass coming in I will see how that works with RL26 it has about a grain more case capacity. The Nosler brass is maxed out at 48.5, I will work on load accuracy after without the Magnetospeed attached.
  6. codyadams

    codyadams Well-Known Member

    Jan 7, 2015
    Has anyone tried rl26 in a 7 rem mag with Berger 180's or 195 EOL's?
  7. Jakeleg

    Jakeleg Well-Known Member

    Jun 24, 2015
    I'd be interested on the 7mm as well,Cody especially in the 195 and 180s.
  8. Nomosendero

    Nomosendero Well-Known Member

    Jan 17, 2005
    Even with a 26" that sure is speedy. I look forward to trying RL26 in my Wife's RAP.
  9. Lonewolf74

    Lonewolf74 Well-Known Member

    May 12, 2016
    For a 243? What bullet and bullet weight?
  10. nvreloader

    nvreloader Active Member

    Jul 12, 2006

    I just finished some more testing in my 284 SP Pistol, 18" bbl length,
    using the RL-26 powder and 140 gr Nosler Partition bullets.

    My hunting load was running 2850+ fps with decent accuracy,
    of less than 2" at 300 yds zero.

    I wanted to find the top end load for RL-26 powder with 140 N Part,
    and still get decent hunting accuracy at normal hunting ranges etc.

    I tested the RL-26 powder with 140 Part up to the max in my SP pistol,
    here are the results, stopping at 62.5grs.
    Be aware that this load is the MAX in my pistol,
    with very lite bolt lift and no marks on the brass etc, use at your own risk.

    1st Test,
    Loaded overall length of 3.050", throat length of 2.480",
    Bullets seated to the base of the neck,
    Standard 284 case, custom reamer spec's,
    Win 120 standard primers.

    Temp was 56*,
    Wind at 12 O'clock from the North, at 10-15 mph.

    5 shots each test, Win neck sized brass,
    Case capacity of 67.9 grs H2o,
    All cases weighed within 1/10th gr,

    Average Vel = 3143 fps,
    High = 3155 fps,
    Low = 3124 fps
    SD = 12.2

    Test #2,
    same spec's as above,
    Average Vel = 3167 fps,
    High = 3189 fps,
    Low = 3156 fps,
    SD = 14.9

    Accuracy was 1.125" at 300 yds for both tests, which I am tickled pink with.
    This powder is a lot better than the RL-17, I started with in the 18" bbl.

    I thought that the readings were false, as this was a new Magneto V-3 chrono being tested,
    so I went home and got my Oelher 33 chrono, reloaded the just fired brass,
    and returned to the range and retested the loads again.

    Shooting thru/over both chrono's produced a 3-5 fps difference, between the 2 chrono's,
    with the RL- 26 loads etc.

    I have been using this same powder with 150gr Nosler Partitions in the 7 Mag
    with outstanding results also.

    Now for some more testing with heavier weight and better BC type bullets,
    for longer range s, 1000+ yds ???????

  11. Trm82

    Trm82 Well-Known Member

    Feb 24, 2014
    It is by far the best powder I have used in my Ridgeline 7RM, I get 3140 fps with 68Gr of RL 26 and the 162 eldx.
  12. Antonio m

    Antonio m Well-Known Member

    May 6, 2016
    I haven't tried it yet but these are close to the results I have seen on another forum..sounds like 3000ish with the 160 partitions also. John Barsness said he had similar results out of a 22"barrel. If this is true it will make the wsm much less appealing to many
  13. tbrice23

    tbrice23 Well-Known Member

    Dec 12, 2012
    Not to me !
    RL26 gets 150gr VLD to 3350 fps (accuracy load NOT top end) out of a 24" 270WSM.
  14. Trm82

    Trm82 Well-Known Member

    Feb 24, 2014
    Yes RL26 puts out but I would say that's way past the top end by about 150+ fps, what make of rifle did you do that with ?
    Tagnbagem likes this.