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    Anybody have tips on loads other than .308?

    I'm reloading for my 6.5x55 right now, looking for a good accurate load.
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    Speaking of pressure signs , more specifically flattened primers:

    I have worked up a load using 42g of varget , 168 hpbt siera match kings using lake city brass and windchester primers. Overall length is just over 2.800. I have been getting good accuracy... .75 moa but my primers are a little flat. No other signs like sticky cases etc. This is the starting load in my manuals so what gives?? I know lake city brass has a little less capacity but I get similar flattening when using other brands of brass. Are my winchester primers just soft?. Do my loads sound safe?

    Thanks in advance!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Airwolf
    Speaking of pressure signs , more specifically flattened primers:

    I have worked up a load using 42g of varget , 168 hpbt siera match kings using lake city brass and windchester primers. Overall length is just over 2.800. I have been getting good accuracy... .75 moa but my primers are a little flat. No other signs like sticky cases etc. This is the starting load in my manuals so what gives?? I know lake city brass has a little less capacity but I get similar flattening when using other brands of brass. Are my winchester primers just soft?. Do my loads sound safe?

    Thanks in advance!
    Heck yes, you're safe, if you are measuring correctly and your scale is reading properly. That's the min charge on the IMR website for Varget and the 168 @ OAL 2.800". Max is listed as 46.0.

    If you are getting any primer signs, I'd say your primer pockets may have been over reamed or swaged, but 42.0 grains of Varget can't be giving you overpressure.

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    My load is finally finished.

    168 AMAX
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    43.5 Varget
    Seated at 2.813"

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    This load is very accurate in my rifle.

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    Quote Originally Posted by escopeta View Post
    I have a new Tac Ops Tango 51, which is set up for Federal GMM 168gr and Mike R. shot groups under .2 with my rifle. I have been succesfull in duplicating this with Federal GMM and a very close second with Black Hills Match.
    The Federal GMM,s run about 2650fps from my rifle and BHM runs about 2600fps. All 168grn. match bullets. The Federal shoots slightly better, but Black Hills costs about $10.00 less, here. They are both excellent in my rifle.
    As I like to roll my own, I tried test loads from the loading manuals using 4064 powder, once fired Federal Match brass, Federal 210 Match primers and Sierra 168 HPBT Match bullets. Bullets seated about .010" from the lands, which is the same as the factory load, in my rifle. I used the Lee Collet die set to reload, no crimp.
    I started with 43grns to 45grns and measured velocity. All exceeded the Federal GMM factory velocity and the 45 grn loads ran about 2800fps, which was hot in my rifle. Recoil was sharp, although no problem with brass or primers. None of these loads exceeded .35"groups at 100yds.
    Finally settled on 42.5grns. of 4064 to get the average to 2650fps and the rifle settled to better than .25" @ 100yds.
    I am still tweeking and 99% of it now depends on the shooter.
    I do want to try Winchester brass as I read it is more durable, and perhaps Varget powder, and play with seating depth.
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    43.5 grs IMR 4064 168 SMK .010 off the lands
    42.5 grs IMR 4064 175 SMK .010 off the lands
    Cases are HP headstamped range pickups with some tweeking.
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    groups under .2 @50 yes I know 50!

    Thye have only made it through round 1 of load development @50yrds next is round 2 to see if they duplicate the results then round 3 at 200yrds.


    Good results with 39grs H335 under 190 gr Berger VLD as well.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Red-Team-98 View Post
    The New M118 LR uses IMR 4064 @ 42.8 with the 175 Sierra MK
    Is that the "New M118 LR" or the MK316 Mod 0?

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    Have had great luck with Howa 1500 .308 shooting Berger 168 Target Hybrid and 175 Tactical Long Range Boattail. Loading RL15 @ 42.0 seating .020 off the lands

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    hmmm, I may have to order some 178 grain AMAX, and give them a try.
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