Who is running the 80SMK in a .223Rem?

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  1. Bully

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    So, I was able to get a reading off of one round of the .223 running the 80's before I shot my MagnetoSpeed :mad:.
    Sierra 80SMK
    Varget
    Lapua brass
    CCI BR4
    2940 out of a 25" tube.
    No pressure signs. Shoots pretty well. I'm going to stick with it. I just need to practice a LOT more to get myself consistent. That's the plan.
     
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  2. MrMajestic

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    Sounds like right where you want to be.
     
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  3. Hammer47

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    You might want to look at CFE223.............I was amazed.... 3/8 inch 5 shot groups at 300 yds..... Not only for the 223 but for the 308 too. Just sayin'
     
  4. DBLNUT

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    You better take that rig to a benchrest match...............That's a money maker.
     
  5. Twitchy

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    That's nearly an identical load that I used for my first season of F-Class. The exception was I was using a 26" barrel.

    I found that pushing them much faster than that and I started losing primer pockets pretty quick. Close to and slightly over 3000fps blew primer pockets in one firing.

    I'm guessing you're around 24.6-25g of V?
     
  6. Bully

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    Yessir. 25.
     
  7. Hammer47

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    Nah... got a 6PPC that shoots tighter.
     
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  8. manitou210

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    Barnard action s Running 30 " Bartlien 1/7 Varget 24.7 80 gr SMK 2950 fps FED Gold match, Lapua brass
    It does not get any better many 5 shot groups at 300 y .500 to 1.00" 100y one hole in good conditions
    I know only 3 in this group at 300 y
     

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  9. DR_2297

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    23.5 grains of 8208. 2950 from a 26” barrel. X ring obliterator
     
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  10. skyrep

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    I've sent you and email also for the info you have. Thanks in advance.
     
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    i've sent you a request also. thanks in advance.
     
  12. skyrep

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    What Primers are you using. i'm just starting to reload for the .223 but have been reloading for the 6.5 Creedmoor and .308.
     
  13. Twitchy

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    I've used Fed 205s (not 205Ms) and BR4s. I actually use Fed 205s in my F-Class gun and in my PRS gun with no issues.
     
  14. Bully

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    Just an update:

    I finally got the rifle/bullet to shoot.
    80 SMK
    25.1 Varget
    CCI BR4
    Lapua brass

    2933fps
    SD 7

    Shot off a bipod and rear squeeze bag. 5 @ 100.

    This load is safe in MY rifle. It is over book, please work up slowly.
     

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  15. 1lnbrdg

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    Just because you can never have too many rifles . . . . .

    Just got my new rifle back yesterday. 30" Brux on a Remington Mod-7 action and not quite sure what the freebore is but at .020" jump, boat-tail starts just above the neck shoulder junction.

    I have a couple of friends running this combination and advise to work up but accuracy load will probably be betwixt 25.0 and 25.8 gr. Varget.
     
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  16. Bully

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    Nice. Let us know how she shoots.
     
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    I used 24.0 of R15 with a 80 SMK in my 20in barreled service rifle for competitive shooting. From memory I want to say that I was in the 2800fps neighborhood. Varget has a similar burn rate so you may end up with a similar load with it.

    -T
     
  18. Texas10

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    Thank you for posting your results and load. And thank you especially for posting your barrel twist rate.

    What altitude do you typically shoot? I'm at 980 above SL, and found my 80 SMKs were marginally stable in my CBI 8 twist. Maybe I just wasn't driving them hard enough.
     
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  19. Bully

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    Sierra says that the 80's need a 7 if I'm remembering correctly.

    I'm running them in my FT/R rig
    Rock Creek 1/7
    Lapua brass
    Varget 25.1 (fine in my rifle, start low and work up)
    running 2850ish I believe but I don't have my notes next to me
    CCI BR4
    I'm at sea level
    One hole at 100. I have not shot for group at 300 due to time.
     
  20. loud_noise

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    Do the SMK 80gn pils need a 1:7 twist? I currently use 80.5 Bergers in my 1:8 twist Tikka varmint to excellent effect.
    Just sounds strange you would anything much faster than 1:8.
     

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