27 replies [Last post]
exbiologist's picture
Offline
Moderator
Location: Colorado
Joined: 09/19/2008
Posts: 2399
My first custom, done at last

I'm using 65 gr of IMR 7828SSC. I've found a few other loads from a John Barsness article that should be faster, but they were way too hot at my seating depth, I need to experiment with seating a little closer to the lands.
Those other loads, and don't say I didn't warn you, were 65 gr of MagPro (3207), 69 gr Magnum (3240), 65 gr Retumbo (3171), 65 gr MRP2 (3114) and 64 gr RL 25( 3130).
My load was from an old IMR publication, which they no longer put out in the Hodgdon Magazine/manual. Also, I've got a really long barrel(27.5"), which helps. Those velocities posted from the article are what Barsness got, not me.
The stiffest load I've tried with H4831SC is 61gr so far, but no pressure signs and velocities around 2900 with a 140 gr Speer.
The Retumbo load was very erratic, with velocities ranging from 3355 to 3059.
The MagPro load was a little too hot in my gun and velocity was about 3075.
I only shot 1 load with the Magnum powder (didn't work up like I should have) and it was WAY too hot at 3140 fps on a 40 degree day.
Hope that helps
As for the Zebrawood, I saw that for the first time on Friday. I was up in Casper at Z-Hat customs and Fred Zeglin used it for a forend tip and grip cap on a .411 express custom Mauser he did. I thought it was way cool. However, I don't think it grow large enough to make blanks large enough for gun stocks.

Offline
Location: Summit, IL
Joined: 10/22/2006
Posts: 706
My first custom, done at last

didnt think so...Wasnt sure.....Could maybe make a laminate stock with it though Thumbs up maybe a way to make it still purdy!!!

Bud
Offline
Location: Montana
Joined: 03/08/2009
Posts: 64
My first custom, done at last

my gun has 28 inch barrel and 64.5 of h4831 is 3050fps thru the crony with no pressure, for some reason I can't get the 7828 to shoot the berger vld's

Offline
Location: Arizona
Joined: 04/15/2009
Posts: 56
My first custom, done at last

I'm jealous of those long barrels. 69 grains of magnum gets me a little under 3200 with 120 tipped TSX.

Bud
Offline
Location: Montana
Joined: 03/08/2009
Posts: 64
My first custom, done at last

ok I'm back from the store with a pound of imr 7828 I assume thats the same? what did you use for a starting load? how much freebore in your rifle? and what oal and coal?

exbiologist's picture
Offline
Moderator
Location: Colorado
Joined: 09/19/2008
Posts: 2399
My first custom, done at last

Hey Bud, sorry I missed this post. I'm sure you've experimented a bit by now. I actually use the 7828SSC, but it burns the same. Anyway, start at 58 grs. I can only seat my bullets to 3.22" because I have a tight chamber and short throat (helps with accuracy, that load will do 1/2" with 3 shot groups in my gun).

exbiologist's picture
Offline
Moderator
Location: Colorado
Joined: 09/19/2008
Posts: 2399
My first custom, done at last

Bump to show off while we're talking about customs. And if you're curious about the load data, I've got even faster stuff going now with Win 780 and a longer throat, allowing me to seat those long bullets out even further.

Related Forum Threads You Might Like

ThreadThread StarterRepliesLast Updated
need help with a custom 22-250fisherprice211/11/2002 13:37 pm
Custom rifle vs stockfisherprice604/22/2004 18:36 pm
High performance custom knivesRomey110/29/2006 20:20 pm
custom rifles and ruger m77 actions. you don't hear of themtim2011/10/2009 00:08 am
Custom made riflesblackbear911/28/2007 08:29 am