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#3180061 - 03/01/13 08:32 AM Re: Another 300 WSM Quest [Re: skynimrod]
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With the IMR 4350 & Barnes 165 bullets, I'm going to have to stay below max. I really don't want to get into the "compressed" loads and barneds suggests the same. if I load max it will be 106% capacity
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#3189822 - 03/11/13 02:07 PM Re: Another 300 WSM Quest [Re: Jcalder]
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I have shot the Barnes 168gr TSX for a while and they tend to run a little higher on pressure than other similar loaded/weight bullets due to bullet length. I shoot .005 off the lands in my .308's and 300WSM and I measure the chamber of each gun using the dowel rod method. I load my 308win with 45gr of Varget when using a TSX and 46gr when using 165 NBT's or 165 SST's and get almost identical results, Barnes for critters and the others for paper.

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#3189870 - 03/11/13 03:03 PM Re: Another 300 WSM Quest [Re: Cull Buck Hunter]
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I loaded 5 rounds of 61 grain, used two just to get on target
Then I loaded 3 rounds each from 61-66 grains. I think i'll try 65.5 grains just to "see" what it does. I should be getitng 3074 fps with 65 grains.

I had two cases split with the 65 & 66 grain loads (one each), and one split with 66 grain. I don't know if this was because it was "once fired brass" that was originally shot in a different rifle, or it was pressure related. There was no other sign of pressure.

@ 100 yard






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#3190811 - 03/12/13 02:06 PM Re: Another 300 WSM Quest [Re: gtk]
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If you cant get satisfied with these loads, buy you some Winchester 180 grain ballistic silvertips. I have taken 2 elk and a bear with mine and NONE have left their tracks. We also practice from 200-600 yards before going hunting every year, and i can tell you that this bullet will shoot closer than i can hold it, LOL. But, hitting a 2" dot at 600 is pretty good, even for me.
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#3191162 - 03/12/13 09:06 PM Re: Another 300 WSM Quest [Re: elkman]
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I don't associate split necks with high pressure. Sounds like the chamber of the other rifle these cases were previously fired in must have been on the large side of the tolerance range and they were excessively sized/worked. Sometimes too you just get a batch of cases with hard necks that split easy.

All your groups look good enough accuracy wise. Is there any way you can honestly say that 64 grain group flyer was your fault and not the fault of the load?

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#3195971 - 03/18/13 09:30 AM Re: Another 300 WSM Quest [Re: Hunter 257W]
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I backed my FL die out 1/8th of a turn, loaded up another batch, and didn't have a single split.
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