Calling all reloaders!!!

Discussion in 'Shooting & Fireams Training / Skills' started by Rook52, Mar 27, 2020.

  1. Rook52

    Rook52 Member

    Messages:
    775
    Likes Received:
    1,256
    Gender:
    Male
    Location:
    Wisconsin
    So I’ve been reloading for awhile there is a ton of stuff online but I really don’t trust it. Unfortunately I don’t have a veteran reloader in my social circle to bounce question off of. I was going to start this post to see what reloading questions we have. From gear, data, or just starting I think it would be good to share.

    I’ll start, I reload for 270 and 300 WM right now. I’ve reloaded for 9mm, 45 ACP, 357, 44, 500, 30-06, and 270 WSM.

    My current project is my 300WM. My first reload is a 168gr Barnes TSX, 70gr of IMR 4831, and a COAL of 3.330”. My barrel is a 1:10 twist. It shoots pretty good but I want to try Berger bullets. It shoots about 2848 FPS. I measured my head space in my rifle and I want to start to change my COAL. I will be going above SAAMI specs but I have the room in my magazine for.

    My question is has anyone reloaded above SAAMI specs for COAL and did you increase you powder?

    Also does anyone have the Berger reloading book?
     
    The Marsh Gorilla, Datilite and Zeek like this.
  2. Expat

    Expat Expat™ Knives Staff Member

    Messages:
    5,323
    Likes Received:
    9,758
    Location:
    SE of Disorder
    You just take your empty cartridge, and dip it in the bottle of powder. Level it off at the top, and shove the bullet in.

    "If it fits, it ships!"
     
  3. 480 RUGER

    480 RUGER Member

    Messages:
    333
    Likes Received:
    826
    Gender:
    Male
    Location:
    Spokane Wa
    Seems like a fairly conservative muzzle velocity for a 168 gr bullet out of a 300 WM. What are you using it for?
     
    The Marsh Gorilla and Rook52 like this.
  4. Rook52

    Rook52 Member

    Messages:
    775
    Likes Received:
    1,256
    Gender:
    Male
    Location:
    Wisconsin
    It will be used for hunting. The Barnes book gave me a calculated velocity of 2945. I’m below that but not crazy according to the book I can go to 72gr for max load, but I’d think if I change my COAL that would reduce pressure so I can up the powder. But I don’t want to blow up my gun. :)
     
    The Marsh Gorilla likes this.
  5. Rook52

    Rook52 Member

    Messages:
    775
    Likes Received:
    1,256
    Gender:
    Male
    Location:
    Wisconsin
    Ha ha, I like my rifle to much to blow it up this soon.
     
    The Marsh Gorilla likes this.
  6. 480 RUGER

    480 RUGER Member

    Messages:
    333
    Likes Received:
    826
    Gender:
    Male
    Location:
    Spokane Wa
    Changing the available space in the case doesn't necessarily lower the pressure, there are a lot of variables that you that don't need to worry about right now like neck tension, powder burn rate.... In my very humble opinion accuracy is much more important than getting the max velocity out of your rifle. That being said you need to look at what you are going to use it for specifically. The .300 WM is a great all around rifle and one of my favorites and I have killed the vast majority of my big game animals with. What kind of groups are you getting with your current load?
     
  7. Zeek

    Zeek Member

    Messages:
    5,516
    Likes Received:
    11,214
    Location:
    USA
    Quickload software is your friend. ;)
     
    The Marsh Gorilla and Datilite like this.
  8. Rook52

    Rook52 Member

    Messages:
    775
    Likes Received:
    1,256
    Gender:
    Male
    Location:
    Wisconsin
    I could not agree more, shot placement is number one in my book. I’ve had groups of 5 shots touching at 100 yards but I’d say I’m about 1” MOA at 100 yards. I’d like to be holding groups at 500 yards. My rifle also has a muzzle brake on it.
     
    The Marsh Gorilla likes this.
  9. 480 RUGER

    480 RUGER Member

    Messages:
    333
    Likes Received:
    826
    Gender:
    Male
    Location:
    Spokane Wa
    Sounds like you've got a pretty good load for hunting. You might play with your seating depth a bit to see if that doesn't tighten things up a little. I just picked up a 28 Nosler and a 26 Nosler so I've got some load development to do:)
     
    Rook52 and The Marsh Gorilla like this.
  10. Rook52

    Rook52 Member

    Messages:
    775
    Likes Received:
    1,256
    Gender:
    Male
    Location:
    Wisconsin
    Thanks bud, that is my next step as soon as I can get to the range. Those are cool calipers I’ve never shot them but they seem like they would be screamer. Flat shooter for out west. I’m in the stages of planning a Idaho muley hunt. I don’t think I’ll go this year just because I feel I’m behind the eight ball with scouting. We will see, maybe I’ll get lucky and be able to make a trip.
     
  11. Rook52

    Rook52 Member

    Messages:
    775
    Likes Received:
    1,256
    Gender:
    Male
    Location:
    Wisconsin
    This is my COAL test the cartridge on the left is my max COAL, it will be 0.030” off the lands. From there I set back 0.010” until I got back to SAAMI specs. 3 shells at each length for testing.
    0C433F50-0BC3-40F9-9C35-4FE73B3CA4C7.jpeg
     
    Datilite and The Marsh Gorilla like this.
  12. Expat

    Expat Expat™ Knives Staff Member

    Messages:
    5,323
    Likes Received:
    9,758
    Location:
    SE of Disorder
    Well if you had a .308, I could help you. But you had to show off and step it up to a big boy caliber.

    I did this today. 5 shots.

    8D109C90-FEC6-4B13-8A45-A6768AA3F704.jpeg
     
  13. 480 RUGER

    480 RUGER Member

    Messages:
    333
    Likes Received:
    826
    Gender:
    Male
    Location:
    Spokane Wa
    That's a sweet group!!
     
    The Marsh Gorilla likes this.
  14. Strigidae

    Strigidae Moderator Staff Member

    Messages:
    13,140
    Likes Received:
    14,084
    Gender:
    Male
    Location:
    United States
    What distance?
     
  15. Expat

    Expat Expat™ Knives Staff Member

    Messages:
    5,323
    Likes Received:
    9,758
    Location:
    SE of Disorder
    That was at 5,000 yards.
     
  16. IW17

    IW17 Member

    Messages:
    3,177
    Likes Received:
    6,410
    Gender:
    Male
    Location:
    The lakes, Ohio
  17. Rook52

    Rook52 Member

    Messages:
    775
    Likes Received:
    1,256
    Gender:
    Male
    Location:
    Wisconsin
    Does anyone have the Berger reloading book? If so can you post a picture of the 300 Win Mag 168gr page. Thanks!!
     
    The Marsh Gorilla likes this.
  18. Mudman

    Mudman Member

    Messages:
    882
    Likes Received:
    1,481
    Gender:
    Male
    Location:
    SoCal
    I reload over saami for coal, but during load development I start at the minimum powder charge. I have a magneetospeed to check the fps.
     
    Rook52 likes this.
  19. Rook52

    Rook52 Member

    Messages:
    775
    Likes Received:
    1,256
    Gender:
    Male
    Location:
    Wisconsin
    I have a chrono as well but how do you know if your pressures are getting to high. My thought is as the COAL is increased, velocity will decrease. So ultimately if you want more velocity you will have to go passed max powder charge. That’s where I get nervous.
     
  20. Expat

    Expat Expat™ Knives Staff Member

    Messages:
    5,323
    Likes Received:
    9,758
    Location:
    SE of Disorder
    Look at the cases to see bulging, look at the primers to see if they are really dented...or just listen for a really really really loud noise.
     
    Strigidae likes this.

Share This Page