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Title: Let's help others out. Post your favorite loads here.
Post by: THE NORSEMAN on October 21, 2008, 01:12:27 am
We're off to a good start here, so to help us all out I'm asking you to post your favorite loads here, with a note on why they have earned this distinction.  All I ask is that you remember the warning on the heavy stuff.

I'm going to sticky this one for a while.
Title: Re: Let's help others out. Post your favorite loads here.
Post by: Omit on October 21, 2008, 07:05:01 pm
Okay, here is one of my favorites.  It's for my Smith and Wesson model 25-5 in 45 colt, and comes from an article by John Linebaugh who is a big fan of the 25-5 in said caliber.  13 grains of HS-6 under a 260 grain Keith swc.  This load is very accurate and not punishing to shoot.  Hhttp://www.handloads.com/articles/default.asp?id=12ere is a link to the article, a very good read if you like 45 colt.
Title: Re: Let's help others out. Post your favorite loads here.
Post by: Dave R on October 21, 2008, 11:21:56 pm
My favorite .223 varmit load:

LC (Milsurp) brass.  Good stuff. Can reload it MANY times.
40gr. soft point, either Speer or Sierra.  They seem to shoot the same for me.
26gr. H335.  This is near the max charge in Speer No 13.
CCI 250 small rifle mag. primer.

Why? Because its accurate in my rifle, and relatively inexpensive to load, so you can afford to shoot a lot of it. 
Title: Favorite magnum handgun loads
Post by: THE NORSEMAN on October 22, 2008, 12:20:07 pm
WARNING: The following loads include data that is at or above current SAAMI maximums, user assumes all risk!

I enjoy magnum handguns running at full potential, so here are a few of my favorites for 357, 41, and 44 magnum:

357 Magnum:
Firearm: Ruger blackhawk, redhawk, speed six, and sp-101
Case: Federal or starline preferred, if not, then winchester will do.
Powder: 15.2 grains of 2400
Slug: 158 HCSWC(I use laser-cast)
Primer: Federal small pistol magnum
Crimp: Firm/heavy
Velocity comes in near 1500 out of a 6 inch tube.  Very accurate out of over a dozen 357's I used it in.   Standard deviation comes in at 17 fps. For jacketed 158's I'll drop the powder charge to 14.8, and use either a hornady XTP or speer gold dot slug.   Both loads exhibit no pressure signs, and extract easily in every 357 I've tried them in.


41 Magnum:
Firearm: Ruger redhawk
Case: Federal or starline preferred, if not, then winchester will do.
Powder: 19.0 grains of VihtaVuori Oy N110
Slug: 220 grain HJFP speer
Primer: Federal large pistol
Crimp: Firm/heavy
Velocity comes in at 1450 out of a 7 1/2" tube.   Outstanding accuracy in the 4 guns I've used it in.  Standard deviation hangs right at 17 fps.
(My FAVORITE 41 magnum loads use blue dot powder.  One load specifically exhibits phenomenal accuracy.  Given that a recall has recently been issued by the manufacturer advising against its use in this caliber, I will not post them here.  Feel free to discuss them with me via PM if you want)

44 Magnum:
Firearm: Ruger redhawk, super redhawk
Case: Federal or starline preferred, if not, then winchester will do.
Powder: 296
Slug: 300grain hornady XTP
Primer: CCI large magnum pistol
Crimp: Firm/heavy
Velocity comes in right at 1300 out of my 9.5" super redhawk. Standard deviation comes in at 11 fps. In my winchester 94 trapper, velocity is right at 1600 fps. Accuracy is excellent.

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Title: Re: Let's help others out. Post your favorite loads here.
Post by: txgho1911 on October 22, 2008, 08:58:58 pm
Just used up the rest of my clays, unique, longshot and powerpistol to resupply Universal Clays (referred to as just Universal). Universal is my choice and most extensively tested.
Universal is lower on the burn charts than Clays. They have similar names and overlapping applications. They are not the same! A medium warm load of Universal Clays or International Clays applied to Clays may produce a catostrophic life threatening failure.

Universal 45acp 230 with various brass with CCI 300 LP primers for all loads.

 BJHP (banded JHP) rem golden saber bullet.
5.3 gr produced speeds 904-925 fps. Obviously overloaded to duplicate factory. Tested factory loads ranged 810-883 fps.

Berry's platted.
5.3 gr produced speeds 840-860 fps.
Title: 28 gauge
Post by: alone on October 22, 2008, 09:10:05 pm
28 gauge

Winchester Compression-Formed Hulls
Win 209 primer
Win WAA28 wad
17.5 grains of 540 powder
3/4 oz  hard #9 shot

1200 fps, 9900 lup pressure

This replicates the old Winchester target load for skeet.


#8.5 hard shot, for days when rain, wind, sleet or snow is present shooting skeet.
 This also makes a fine and dandy quail load.

#8 hard shot, again works for the aforementioned, plus is great for 5 Stand, Sporting Clays, and Doves.



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Title: Re: Let's help others out. Post your favorite loads here.
Post by: Bozo on October 23, 2008, 09:43:58 am
"For jacketed 158's I'll drop the powder charge to 14.8, and use either a hornady XTP or speer gold dot slug. "



I am curious why you drop the load when using jacketed bullets.  Also, that load must bite a bit when fired in the sp-101.

Title: Re: Let's help others out. Post your favorite loads here.
Post by: THE NORSEMAN on October 23, 2008, 01:42:34 pm
Jacketed slugs "bite" harder on the rifling. More resistance going down the barrel.  This leads to higher pressures than the same powder charge behind a lead slug.  The reduced powder charge is to get the pressure back in line.

My sp's do fine with it.  But I HIGHLY recommend Houge mono-grips in place of the factory ones.
Title: Re: Let's help others out. Post your favorite loads here.
Post by: MarshallDodge on October 24, 2008, 10:24:37 am
This is my favorite target load for 45ACP:

Bullet: 200 grain LSWC (lead semi-wadcutter)
Case: miscellaneous
Primer: Winchester or Federal Large Pistol
Powder: 4.0 grains Hodgdon Clays

The recoil is fairly soft and the accuracy is very good.

Title: Re: Let's help others out. Post your favorite loads here.
Post by: xsquidgator on November 04, 2008, 09:06:50 am
Jacketed slugs "bite" harder on the rifling. More resistance going down the barrel.  This leads to higher pressures than the same powder charge behind a lead slug.  The reduced powder charge is to get the pressure back in line.

My sp's do fine with it.  But I HIGHLY reccomend houge mono-grips in place of trhe factoty ones.

+1 on the Hogue grips with .357 magnum.
and +1 in agreement with why the same powder charge will show higher chamber pressures with jacketed over a lead or plated bullet. 

Pressure is generally what limits how hot you can load a particular round.  However, many published lead bullet loads (the published max load) are not limited due to chamber pressure, but rather to keeping bullet speed below some limit, usually 1000 fps.  This is supposed to help prevent leading.  I've also found when pushing lead bullets pretty hard that if you push them too fast such as in a rifle round, the lead bullets at some point quit gripping the rifling and won't spin stabilize anymore. 

I still cast my own bullets for 7.62x39 but I had to reduce the loads a bit because of this.  When I was pushing them at 2000 fps they were coming out like musket balls and going all over the place, patterned more like a shotgun than a rifle (I can see for myself why Revolutionary War infantry tactics required massed musket fire at < 100 yards!  Hell couldn't even be sure of hitting a man sized target at 25 yds).  Anyway.  I slowed the bullets down to about 1300-1400 fps and suddenly the pattern of impact tightened up to to a tight group right where the sights pointed.  Cool.  The harder the lead alloy, the faster you can push it before it won't grip the rifling, I shoot a wheel-weight like alloy that's a little on the soft side even with quench hardening.
Title: Re: Let's help others out. Post your favorite loads here.
Post by: Fred Garvin on December 11, 2008, 08:55:11 pm
This is my favorite load for my .223 Ruger 77V.

R-P case
CCI SR Mag Primer
52 gr Sierra HPBT Match bullet
23.5 gr AA-2460
C.O.L. 2.23"

My old two tone Ruger will shoot 6shot one hole groups all day with this load.When my mental state is out of balance, I take this load and rifle to the range and shoot dimes at 100 yards. Pretty soon, everything is  8).
Title: Re: Let's help others out. Post your favorite loads here.
Post by: cpaspr on January 15, 2009, 04:43:35 pm
Quote
MarshallDodge -
This is my favorite target load for 45ACP:

Bullet: 200 grain LSWC (lead semi-wadcutter)
Case: miscellaneous
Primer: Winchester or Federal Large Pistol
Powder: 4.0 grains Hodgdon Clays

The recoil is fairly soft and the accuracy is very good.

Yep.  That's the same load I use.  Also use it for plated round nose in the same weight.
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.380ACP: 2.5 grains of Bullseye, with a 90gr LRN bullet.  Very soft recoil compared to Speer factory Gold Dots.
9mm: 5.5 grains of Unique, with a 95gr JHP.  Recoil matches Magtech's 115 JHP factory load.
.40 S&W: 3.2 grains of Clays (not Universal Clays), 180gr Ranier plated HP.

All above with mixed, used brass, no magnum pistol primers.  And from memory, not looking them up, as I'm not near my actual records at the moment.  Use at your own risk.
Title: Re: Let's help others out. Post your favorite loads here.
Post by: Powderman on January 20, 2009, 07:21:14 am
Favorite load for .308:

41.5 of RL15, CCI #34 primers, under a 168 grain MatchKing, loaded to an OAL of 2.820.  In my rifles (Savage 10FP-LE2A and M1A NM) duplicates the Federal 168 grain Gold Medal Match.

Practice loads for .45 ACP:

200 gr. LSWC
3.8 grains Clays
4.5 HP38/W231
6.3 Alliant Power Pistol

185 gr JHP

6.8 Power Pistol
6.5 Unique

230 grain FMJ:

6.5 Power Pistol
6.2 Unique
4.0 Clays
4.5 HP38/W231

.38 Special, 148 gr. HBWC
3.2 HP38/W231

.44 Magnum, 250 gr. cast LSWC, .430 inch:
8.5 Unique
Title: Re: Let's help others out. Post your favorite loads here.
Post by: Jim147 on February 02, 2009, 10:54:53 pm
A few of my most accurate loads.

.38 spl 4 grains Reddot with 158 grain lswc.

.45 acp 4 grains Reddot with 230 grain lead RN or TC.

.222 24 grains Varget with any 50 or 55 grain bullet. It doesn't matter it puts them all under 1/2".
It has to be the rifle not the shooter.


Title: Re: Let's help others out. Post your favorite loads here.
Post by: ljnowell on February 03, 2009, 11:20:28 pm
Favorite target load for my glock:

200gr LSWC
4.4 gr IMR 700x
Win LP primer
Win Brass
Soft shooting, very accurate.
Title: Re: Let's help others out. Post your favorite loads here.
Post by: Powderman on February 04, 2009, 12:10:45 am
Favorite target load for my glock:

200gr LSWC
4.4 gr IMR 700x
Win LP primer
Win Brass
Soft shooting, very accurate.

Friend, if you have a cut rifled aftermarket barrel for the Glock, go for it, and good shooting!

However, if you have the factory barrel:

Do NOT shoot plain lead out of a factory Glock barrel!

The problem is the rifling.  It is smooth, and slick.  So slick that a lead bullet (with its high degree of lubricity) will actually skid over the first few tenths of an inch of the bore.  Over time, this builds up deposits.  It WILL eventually build up to the point where it will (very briefly) hold the bullet from starting down the bore upon firing.  When that happens, you have up to 40K units of pressure that are looking for somewhere to go.  Result?  The famous Glock kaBOOM.

Shoot only jacketed bullets from your factory barreled Glocks, or get the aftermarket barrels with conventional rifling.

Yours in good shooting,
Powderman
(Glock LE Armorer, Colt LE Armorer, reloader for a while, and itinerant gun tinkerer)
Title: Re: Let's help others out. Post your favorite loads here.
Post by: ljnowell on February 04, 2009, 12:46:24 am
Friend, if you have a cut rifled aftermarket barrel for the Glock, go for it, and good shooting!

However, if you have the factory barrel:

Do NOT shoot plain lead out of a factory Glock barrel!

The problem is the rifling.  It is smooth, and slick.  So slick that a lead bullet (with its high degree of lubricity) will actually skid over the first few tenths of an inch of the bore.  Over time, this builds up deposits.  It WILL eventually build up to the point where it will (very briefly) hold the bullet from starting down the bore upon firing.  When that happens, you have up to 40K units of pressure that are looking for somewhere to go.  Result?  The famous Glock kaBOOM.

Shoot only jacketed bullets from your factory barreled Glocks, or get the aftermarket barrels with conventional rifling.

Yours in good shooting,
Powderman
(Glock LE Armorer, Colt LE Armorer, reloader for a while, and itinerant gun tinkerer)

I usually lay it out when I post something like that, but this time I didnt.  I am one of those people that others disagree with.  I am one of those people that do what others say is impossible.  I have been shooting lead out of my glock barrel for quite some time now.  The load above is actually what I have found to produce very little leading at all.  I would not attemp this in a .40 S&W or 9mm.  The .45s have a slower twist in the rifling and have an octagonal pattern that doesnt "smush" the lead as bad. The .45 is also the lowest pressure round.  This particualar load should be around 11K.   I use a hardcast bullet, either a SWC or RN.  The load above was developed using a chrono.  I have found that around 825-850 is the cutoff point.  If I keep the velocity down below that, I get very little leading. In fact, I can shoot 200 rounds without cleaning and not have any appreciable leading.  I tend to get more leading in my 1911 than the glock barrel.  I would not recommend that anyone just load up lead rounds and go for it, by any means. If you take your time working up a load and testing though, and keep the velocities down, its a relatively safe practice.  BTW, in my 21 the above load clocks at an average of 750fps.  Slow and accurate. 
Title: Re: Let's help others out. Post your favorite loads here.
Post by: THE NORSEMAN on February 07, 2009, 09:38:41 pm
Those last two posts by powderman and ljnowell should serve as a reminder to us all-

Never ass/u/me anything when loading ammo, and remember that each gun is a law unto itself.
Title: Re: Let's help others out. Post your favorite loads here.
Post by: ljnowell on February 07, 2009, 10:14:53 pm
Those last two posts by powderman and ljnowell should serve as a reminder to us all-

Never ass/u/me anything when loading ammo, and remember that each gun is a law unto itself.

That is 100% true.  I have known other people that havehad problems with this.  I should also say that if you do something like this never assume anything.  When you aorder a new lot of bullets, even if its the same bullets from the same manufacturer, you must start over with the load.  You will find inconsistency, that could cost you a lot. 
Title: Re: Post your favorite loads here. - .223
Post by: Pat-inCO on September 18, 2009, 04:40:45 am
I run 25Gr of Varget under a 52Gr HP Match from Hornady.

Right at 3Kfps and 1/2" at 100 yds is VERY common.
Max load is listed at 26Gr. - I could NOT get that much in the case. If I vibrate the case with the powder in it, I can get 25.5Gr in. HOWEVER, the accuracy increases as you decrease the powder charge, and 25Gr fits in to the neck without vibrating it.

Had a friend on the West Slope try it.
Got an E-mail back in about a week. His comment was "WOW, that is accurate!"   :clap
Title: Re: Let's help others out. Post your favorite loads here.
Post by: THE NORSEMAN on September 18, 2009, 07:49:19 am
Pat-  We ass/u/me you're talking 223 here? ;)
Title: Re: Let's help others out. Post your favorite loads here.
Post by: xsquidgator on May 28, 2010, 08:12:34 am
For 223, I like
27.5 grains of BL-C(2) under 55FMJ or 55JSP, COL 2.210"
It's a max load but is the most accurate in my 16" M4-gery.  Tops out at 2950 fps in that rifle.

For 45, I like
5.3 grains of W231 under 230LRN, COL 1.230" for the Lee home-cast bullets.  That gets them right up to about 800 fps.
4.5 grains W231 under 230LRN for softer plinking, I just like having them up at 800 fps.

For 40, I like
5.1 W231 under 175LSWC (again Lee cast), COL 1.120"
This moves them at about 950 fps in my XDM40 which is about 200 fps above what they need to make IDPA power factor.  But I think they shoot well and would be good general purpose bullets if you had to grab some in a pinch.


Title: Re: Let's help others out. Post your favorite loads here.
Post by: RMc on September 07, 2010, 10:19:35 pm
1911 .45acp:
 
230gr   H&G 34 RNL   4.7gr Red Dot   785 fps.  This is Jeff Cooper's old range load. .

200gr  H&G 68 SWC  4.0gr Red Dot   700 fps.   Shoots to the same 25 yd. POI as the 230 gr. load for me.

 Both loads run for me with an 18.5 lb. recoil spring .
Title: Re: Let's help others out. Post your favorite loads here.
Post by: sqlbullet on November 18, 2010, 05:05:22 pm
Here are a couple of cast bullet loads I shoot in my M1 Garands.  The Varget is actually a favorite, but I list the others I have tried in case anyone wants to experiment.

All these loads use a Lee 200 gr Gas Checked bullet cast from isotope lead and water dropped from the mold.  Hardness as tested on a Lee Hardness tester is 28 bhn.  The bullets are sized .310 and lubed with Felix Lube. (http://castboolits.gunloads.com/showpost.php?p=6344&postcount=1)  In all loads they are seated to the crimp groove and crimped hard in a Lee Factory Crimp DIe.

Varget Load - Favorite for reliable function, low powder use, good groups.
32 gr Varget under .75 gr Polyfill
CCI #200 Primer
Also tried 34 grains.  The 32 gr load was more accurate, so it is my standard.

BobS Load (http://castboolits.gunloads.com/showpost.php?p=312730&postcount=15)
42 gr H4831 under 1/4 sheet toilet paper filler.
CCI #200 Primer

Reloader 15 - Not really a favorite, but I have RE-15 on hand I am not likely to use.
36 gr Re-15 under .75 gr polyfill
CCI #200 Primer
Started with 32 gr, then 34 gr.  Both short stroked occasionally.  36 gr was reliable.  have not accuracy tested this load yet.

For those of you cringing at the thought of the poor op-rod in my gun, being subjected to heavy bullets and slow powders, keep you shorts on.  These are lead bullets, not jacketed, and therefore have different pressure curves.  Port pressures are actually milder than mil-spec ammo, so my op-rod and receiver heel are just fine.  (Although I do appreciate your concern.)
Title: Re: Let's help others out. Post your favorite loads here.
Post by: Lokidude on November 18, 2010, 06:32:36 pm
My pet .38 SPL load is 4.3 gr of Unique under a 158gr LSWC (or RNFP if a Keith-pattern bullet is unavailable.)  Soft and easy shooting out of a 4" S&W 19, and quite manageable out of a 2" Taurus 605.
Title: Re: Let's help others out. Post your favorite loads here.
Post by: hab492000 on November 26, 2010, 11:36:43 pm
For my 30-30, 32 grains VARGET, and either CCI or Winchester primer with a 150g semi jacket round or flat nose.   
Title: Re: Let's help others out. Post your favorite loads here.
Post by: Chief45 on November 27, 2010, 11:02:18 pm
been a few years since I've done any reloading, but when I was doing the Hunter Pistol silhouette, using a Ruger Blackhawk in .357, my best load was 165 gr, LSWC, over 6.2 grs of Unique.  Interesting thing I found with this load was I could hold center at 25m, 50m and 75m and hold at the top of the back on the rams at 100m and never have to adjust my sights.

I used a slightly lighter load for indoor combat, Ruger Security six, 6 in, barrel,  I don't really remember that load, but it was in the neighborhood of 5 grs of unique.

(very low budget operation at that time,  about 30 years ago now.  I could load up a back pack, strap it on the back of my Honda 400 Shadow and spend the afternoon at a shoot, pretty cheap fun when I was single )


 
Title: Re: Let's help others out. Post your favorite loads here.
Post by: wtr100 on September 01, 2011, 09:35:11 am
13.0 Grains of Red Dot or Promo under a cast 170 gr gas checked lead boolit in .308

boys love shooting the Ishapore Enfield - we also load these in 30-06 cases for the M1 garand - turns it into a straight pull bolt gun but 10 - 11 year old boys think they're big stuff shooting the M1
Title: Re: Let's help others out. Post your favorite loads here.
Post by: THE NORSEMAN on February 19, 2012, 10:41:19 pm
My go-to 30-30 Winchester load:

Winchester cases
33.0 grains of H335 powder
Sierra 150 FP slug.
Federal LR primer

1.  THE most accurate load in 6 different 30-30s I'm aware of, both Winchester and Marlin.
2.  H335 usually likes a magnum primer for reliable ignition.  I have found magnum primers are not needed with this particular combination. 
Title: Re: Let's help others out. Post your favorite loads here.
Post by: scarville on June 02, 2012, 12:46:23 pm
This may not quaify as a "heavy" load because it still below the published maximum.  It does, however  give both good performance and accuracy in both of my Marlins.  It is shootable from the SP-101 or 686 but not something I'd want to shoot all day at my advanced age and state of decrepitude.

Gun       Marlin 1894C 18.5" barrel w/Ballard rifling. Weighs about 8# with scope
Bullet    Hornady 158 gr XTP/FP
Case     Starline 357 magnum
Primer   Winchester Small Pistol
Powder  Alliant 300 MP
Charge Weight    18.2 gr

Average Velocity 1,853 fps
SD                       7 fps
Minimum             1844 fps
Maximum            1859 fps
Muzzle Energy   ~1,200 ft-lbs
Recoil Energy    ~3.4 ft-lbs
Title: Re: Let's help others out. Post your favorite loads here.
Post by: Outbreak on June 02, 2012, 05:21:30 pm
My favorite .40S&W load is a competition load that will not work in factory guns. You need to have your barrel freebored because I load them way over max OAL. Also, cannot vouch for it being within factory spec in any other way. If you have a 2011 pistol, you are free to work up to this load, which is what I did.

175gr LSWC
Federal Small Pistol Primer
5.0gr W231
OAL 1.187"

I made about 950FPS out of a 5in bbl on Thursday with 4.8gr of 231 and no high pressure signs. I haven't chrono'd the 5.0 load yet, but I've shot at least 1,000rds of that load with only slight primer flattening.
Title: Re: Let's help others out. Post your favorite loads here.
Post by: xsquidgator on June 02, 2012, 09:27:43 pm
My favorite .40S&W load is a competition load that will not work in factory guns. You need to have your barrel freebored because I load them way over max OAL. Also, cannot vouch for it being within factory spec in any other way. If you have a 2011 pistol, you are free to work up to this load, which is what I did.

175gr LSWC
Federal Small Pistol Primer
5.0gr W231
OAL 1.187"

I made about 950FPS out of a 5in bbl on Thursday with 4.8gr of 231 and no high pressure signs. I haven't chrono'd the 5.0 load yet, but I've shot at least 1,000rds of that load with only slight primer flattening.


I shoot almost the same 40 load myself, just at a COL of 1.100" instead of your 1.187".  I used to load it at 5.1 W231 and would get about 900-950 fps out of that (4" barrel) but for the last year I've been loading my 40s down to about 4.5 grains of W231.  Lee home-cast 175 LFP or LSWC bullet, tumblelubed.  Less leading at 4.5 W231 than 5.1 W231.  Works well in Springfield XD40 and in Glock 23 with aftermarket barrel.
Title: Re: Let's help others out. Post your favorite loads here.
Post by: downshift on March 30, 2013, 09:08:24 pm
Favorite .40 recipe is a 180gn hornady action piston (HAP) fully jacketed hollow point, with 4.9gns of longshot, with a OCL of 1.125".
I load that into my 20 and 30 round glock mags and switch them from a glock 27, to a glock 22, to a keltec sub2000, and all three weapons love it. Highly accurate in all 3 at increasing distances.
Title: Re: Let's help others out. Post your favorite loads here.
Post by: Mississippi556 on August 17, 2013, 04:58:45 pm
Just posted this as a separate thread, but perhaps it belongs here.

With all the appropriate caveats and emphasis on starting 10% lower and working up looking for pressure signs, here is my current M193 clone load data:


M193 equivalent

55gr Hornady fmj bt w/ cannalure
LC 2012 decrimped brass
Trimmed to 1.750"
H-4895 - 25.5gr
Fed 205 primers
OAL - set to crimp midline

3095 fps from 16 barrel

I offer this since I have a lot of H-4895 and it turns out to be under appreciated for use with lighter 5.56/.223 loads.

Group size is at or close to one MOA at 100 yards.
Title: Re: Let's help others out. Post your favorite loads here.
Post by: First Shirt on November 25, 2014, 08:12:30 pm
Just had a reminder this weekend of how good this load is.  I realize that not a lot of people shoot the 7mm-08, but they should.  We run this load in three different rifles (all Savage M-11s) and it works like gangbusters in all three, typically going an inch or less at 100 yards.

Winchester, Federal or Hornady brass
CCI Large Rifle Primers (standard, not magnum)
140 gr. Nosler Ballistic Tip or Partition (it's really hard to see any difference in accuracy, but the partitions work better on pigs).
39.9 gr. Reloader 15

This gives just over 2600 fps in a 20-inch barrel, the recoil is fairly mild, and accuracy, in our rifles, is outstanding.  Sighted 2 inches high at 100 yards, it zeroed at 200, and 8 1/2 inches low at 300.

Both the granddaughters shoot this load exclusively in their rifles.  In fact, I don't think either of them has ever fired a factory load in their guns.
Title: Re: Let's help others out. Post your favorite loads here.
Post by: Mississippi556 on December 03, 2014, 02:38:37 pm
I do a lot of hunting with the .280 Remington.  Not so common, but very effective and efficient 7mm, based on the '06 case, pushed out an extra .050" to prevent accidental chambering in .270 rifles.

My normal recipe for flat shooting open country deer hunting for the .280 is the Nosler 140 BT (.485 BC), ahead of 57.0 grains of RL-19.   Out of a 24" barrel it chronos 3050.  That is a max load, but is safe in all three of my .280's including a rarely used Rem. 742 autoloader, which can be finicky with max pressure handloads. 2900-2950 out of the autoloader's shorter 22" barrel. 

In my 24" barreled bolt guns at 3050 fps, this is within 100-120 fps of what I am getting from my 7mm Mag rifles with 140 grain bullets.   Less powder, less recoil, lighter, handier rifles, so I see no real reason to shoot the 7 mags much any more.

Title: Re: Let's help others out. Post your favorite loads here.
Post by: TheSmallestMinority on September 17, 2015, 06:49:51 pm
My favorite .45ACP load is a 200 grain HP, either Speer Gold Dot or Rainier Ballistic plated loaded over 7.0 grains of Unique with either a Winchester WLP or CCI 300 primer.  They both hit same point of aim, so practice with the Rainier is relatively cheap (a lot cheaper than practicing with the Speers!)

This was my bowling pin load.  I think last time I chrono'd it I saw close to 1000fps out of a 5" barrel.
Title: Re: Let's help others out. Post your favorite loads here.
Post by: cpaspr on July 13, 2017, 07:25:01 pm
Arise, reloaders, arise!

There.  Now that ya'll are awake, it's been too long since anyone has posted any favorite loads:

These all work well for me, in my firearms.  The standard warnings apply: Use at your own risk, Your mileage may vary, Start 10% down from max loads and work up, Etc., Etc.

9mm - 120gr Lee TC lead, 4.8gr of Bullseye shoots best in my SR9c.  My bullets drop from the mold at about 118gr. 

.223 - 55gr, Remington bulk rounds,  24.8gr of H335.

.30 M1 Carbine - approx 110gr LRN, gas checked, 12.0gr of 2400.  Matches S&B factory ammo at 100 yards out of my carbine.

.38 Special - 155gr GC bullet, w/o the GC.  5.0 gr Unique.

.40S&W - 175gr Lee TC lead, 7.4gr of HS-6.

.45 Colt - 15.0gr 2400.

.30-06 - 165 Remington Core-Lokt, 57.0gr IMR4350.  I load slightly long and get a bit better group (3 shots almost covered by a penny), but loaded to the cannelure is still nickel sized groups at 100 yards.  Unfortunately, Remington is no longer selling these bullets for reloaders, so it looks like I get to start over with Sierra Game Kings.
Title: Re: Let's help others out. Post your favorite loads here.
Post by: Nick Cage on July 15, 2017, 03:33:20 pm
For the Broadsword specifically but I've found it works well in bolt action 308 rifles as well ~1/2moa:

175gr SMK 43.5gr VARGET, yeilds 2650fps a pretty close match to some M118LR I got my hands on a few years ago, also works well with the 175tmk.
Title: Re: Let's help others out. Post your favorite loads here.
Post by: First Shirt on July 18, 2017, 01:03:39 am
For the .45 Colt:  a 300 gr. bullet ahead of 23.0 gr. of H-110 (or W-296) in a Ruger Blackhawk or an old model Vaquero.  DO NOT use this load in any of the .45  Colt reproductions, it's stupid high pressure.  (Closing in on 30K PSI.)  It's in the Ruger/TC Contender section of most reloading manuals.

I've bumped the 7mm-08 load from 39.9 gr. of RL-15 to 41.5 gr.  Still shoots inside 1/2 MOA in all six Savage rifles in that caliber.  (Since I posted that last one, I've added another Minion, and a truck gun.)

For the .30-06, a 165 gr. bullet over 50.0 gr. of RL-15 works really well.
Title: Re: Let's help others out. Post your favorite loads here.
Post by: First Shirt on August 03, 2017, 04:18:52 pm
Recent discovery:  .300 WM, using the Barnes 180 gr. TSX bullets, delivers silly accuracy with 73 gr. of RL 22, in Winchester cases, using CCI Large Rifle Magnum primers. 

Granted, the shooter is a Marine Corps vet, but he's getting 1/2 MOA groups at 300 yards with it.