RL-16 recipes

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  1. Havard

    Havard Well-Known Member

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    Picked up a little 16 and thought I’d see what my options are. I have looked through several manuals and see there is some versatility with this; I’m loading for a 25-06, 6.5 CM, 270win, 270WSM, and 308. If you have had luck with 16 in those mentioned calibers, please share if you will!
    And yes, I know Retumbo works well in a 6.5x284, as well as 4350 is good for 6.5 CM, and 308 loves Varget like I love Cheeseburgers, but I was hoping to keep it allll about RL-16; please! :)
     
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  2. hunter0925

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    In the same boat for 7mm08, 260 and 300wsm.
     
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  4. VernAK

    VernAK Active Member

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    270 Win
    54 grs RL16, 130 TTSX........3200 +/-
     
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  5. Havard

    Havard Well-Known Member

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    Thanks for that... I actually worked up a similar load with 4831SC... going to try 16 before I call it “done”...
     
  6. coance

    coance Active Member

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    6.5 cm. 140 class bullets 42.4 RL16. Deadly accurate in mine. Has shot well all the way to 1000. RL 16 works well just about everywhere H4350 does.
     
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  7. LongWalker

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    Running RL-16 in my target and hunting 6.5 CMs. Hitting 2820 with the Hornady 140 ELD-M out of a 24" tube and 2845 with the 140 Berger elite hunter out of a 22" tube. That latter load is a little hot with a sticky bolt lift but it's too accurate to back off.

    The 140 ELD-M is in Lapua brass and the 140 Berger is in Starline brass
     
  8. TRG65

    TRG65 Well-Known Member

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    41.9 grs rl16 with a 147 eldm Lapua brass for 6.5cm. 2.870” oal. Hornady brass with a 143eldx everything else the same. 2790 with the 147 2803 with the 143
     
  9. Jammer65

    Jammer65 Well-Known Member

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    That is quite hot for a 22" barrel. You can almost certainly find another node at a more sane pressure that is at least as accurate. That will also let your brass last much longer too.
     
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  10. LongWalker

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    I'm actually at 43.6 gr which is the published max by Alliant for the 140 hybrid that they have at 2821 out of a 24" barrel. On my 5th firing with the Starline brass and neck sized only until the 4th firing when I bumped the shoulder. No other pressure signs and the bolt isn't sticky on every round. I was surprised too when I looked at the magnetospeed and I've verified dope out to 500.

    I've got about 100 of that load down the barrel and it keeps shooting lights out.
     
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  11. Brianc74

    Brianc74 Well-Known Member

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    Anybody have RL16 in a 308 info?

    Brian
     
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  12. Mike AVM

    Mike AVM Well-Known Member

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    I shoot 43.3 RE16 with Hornady 143 ELD right at 2800 in a 24" tube. 43.0 shoots almost as well. Start at 41 and work up.
     
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  13. 25WSM

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    I'm on my 3rd 6.5cm barrel and all 3 of them shoot better with h4350. My first barrel hated rl16. Last 2 shot ok with it but definatly prefer h4350 and h4831. Shep
     
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  14. Lenwood901

    Lenwood901 Well-Known Member

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    lapua brass cci450 primers berger 140g elite hunters 42.3g of powder 2858fps toke this load out too 1340 yards hitting a human size target
     
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