80.5 gr berger target bullet

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  1. rebs

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    Does anyone have a good starting point for loading this bullet for a 1 in 8 twist 24 inch barrel in a bolt rifle ?
    I forgot to say its a 223 cal bolt gun
     
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  2. Ned Ludd

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    The detail of your rifle may or may not be the same as someone else's, so there's no real specific way to answer your question. You also haven't stated whether you need to load to mag length, what type of brass your using, barrel length, etc. All of these details are important and would be helpful in providing the best answers to your questions.

    As a general statement, I would suggest starting a .223 Rem load with the 80.5s seated at .015" off the lands, using maybe about 22.0 to 22.5 gr of H4895, then working up carefully in 0.3 gr increments. After an optimal charge weight has been determined, test seating depth out from .006" or .009" off the lands to maybe about .030" off the lands. In other words, typical load development. There are no real short cuts to doing this. Even if someone else points you to something specific, it may or may not work in your setup.
     
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  3. akajun

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    24.3 of rl15 or carver loaded .030 off the lands
     
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    I run my bolt load at a medium level. 24.0 varget in lapua cases with br4 primers 20 thousandth off the lands and i do chase the lands

    This is one awesome bullet. 80 SMK are good but these are great

    David
     
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    I have a Criterion 1-8 26" on a Savage 10 action. Mine likes em jumped .075 or dead on the lands with jumped edging by a hair. 23.5 varget Lapua cases, CCI 400 primers . This was shot at 300 on a good day. The top target was adjusting the scope and the bottom is a 15 round group. The target 10 ring is 3". Velocity is 2550 FPS

    my rifle likes 77SMKs a bit better and they are cheaper and not nearly as picky as to jump or powder
     

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    Thank you for the replies, I appreciate it
     
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    These are targets shot at a Benchrest shoot in Beachburg Ontario Canada Sept 7/19 100 y & 200 y
    Rifle Defiance action Robertson Stock, Bartlien barrel 4 grove 7 twist
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    80.5 Bergers, Kissing, Varget 24.5,GM primers, Lapua Neck turned cases.
    They shoot Targets 2 shots, twice and then 1 shot at 100 y 1/2" 10 ring
    200y Target 5 shots on each 1" 10 ring.
    Shooter last shot of match was a 9 to left
     

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    26.0gr of CFE223, most accurate powder I have tried. Varget has been the worst.
     
  10. JimSC

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    excellent shooting. I am guessing the barrel is around 20 inches
     
  11. manitou210

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    30" for f class shooting
     
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    Every one will share their own successes and failures. Classic High Power load is 25g. Varget seated .035" off the lands. Drills the X-ring at 600 yrs. for F-TR.
     
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    My gun likes the CFE-223 as well with a 24" barrel and 80.5's. But, it is a .224 (OP never specified caliber). It averages 1/2 MOA at 100 & 200 yards. Goes up another 1/4 MOA out to 300 yards. I like the 90 grains beyond that. They shoot great from 25-25.6 grains for mine.
     

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  14. rebs

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    My rifle is a 223 bolt gun, 1/8 twist 24" barrel
    Tikka T3x varmint with heavy barrel
     
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    23.7 of h4895, seat 20 thou off. CCI 450
     
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    Okay. I also use the Fed 205MAR primers. Never had an issue with them, they work great.
     
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    Is the 205MAR a magnum primer ?
     
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    The "M" stands for Match not Magnum.

    These are for rifles with heavy striking firing pins. You would likely be better off with Fed 205.
     
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    Thank you
     

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