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Reloading / load development using rl26 in .30-378 weath. accumark
« on: November 04, 2017, 08:34:15 AM »
  I started this as sort of a trouble shooting mission. I will explain. I began reloading the .30-378 weath. using weatherby brass cases,180 gr. bal.tips,hodgdon's retumbo,and federal 215 match primers. My velocity was always lower than I anticipated,being only around 3357 fps with my maximum for this rifle. Case life was short,but accuracy was amazing with group size running under 1/2 inch when I did my part. So I stuck with the aforementioned components. I started out with a charge of 112 grains of retumbo in the beginning with mild pressure signs little buy little through out this coarse over the years I kept inching my charges down until last year I was at 110 grains for my max. I kept getting pressure spikes half way through a box of reloads with hard bolt lift etc.,up until last year I was able to get 3 loadings out of my brass when all of a sudden I experienced these same random pressure spikes but instead over half my brass was junk after 1 loading due to over expansion of the belt which would not chamber.I was confused; I'd tell my self man your running hot,or the brass was softer than the norm,or was I not using enough lube on my dies,was my ex-pander distorting shoulder causing this. I ran all sorts of measurements,different scenarios in my head,not wanting to really blame any of the components,although I had my suspicions I totally laid the blame on my loading procedures. So this year I decided to scrap every thing that I had been doing and start new. Hornady brass,new bushing dies,new powder. Through my research on other forums rl26 was rewriting history so to speak. Higher velocity's with literally non existing high pressure signs,seems every one was blown away. I definitely wanted to give that powder a try. I had used alliant powders in some of my other rifle calibers with quite a few pet loads to date,and had never had these pressure swings like I have with retumbo;still scratching my head. The advice I was given that rl26 was just a tad hotter than h-1000 and to start with 2grains under any H-1000 data and work up from there. Hodgdon reloading data for 180 grain bullet was listed starting with min.of 105 grains to 111 grains for max. All brass was prepped and ready-ed,chrony and shooting bench all set up for my load development. Starting load was 103 grains of rl26 which didn't record on chrony,had to make slight adjustment, no pressure signs,by the way first loads are with 185 bergers. AS follows; 104 grains-3422fps. 105 grains-3436 fps; 106 grains-3490fps;still no pressure signs. 107 grains-3487fps,chrony starting to talk to me;but absolutely no pressure signs,fired cases re-chamber and extract easily,measured case all with in specs.108 grains-3496fps,chrony tells me I've hit max. no sense trying to continue this ladder climb; still no outward high pressure indicators,all is with in normal measured specs,fired case chambers easily,no sticky bolt,no extractor marks,primer looks good,no cratering etc. But these bergers are all over the place,check receiver,all's tight,scope mounts are all good,so plan b. This rifle has always loved those nosler bal.tips,so I start over with them. This time I start middle of load work up with 106 grains with 3487fps,3fps less than berger at 3490fps,still no high pressure indicators,107 grains-3536fps,still no indication of high pressure,the velocity is awesome,I tell my self thats what I'm talking about. I now have these two rounds 3/4 inch apart 4 inches high above bull,time to send another down range at 107 grains-3549fps that hits in the middle of the last 2 rounds and measuring 1/2 inch from the last at 107 grains. I tell my rifle that's a girl,thats what your capable of. I believe,I know I have found my load. Later on I will get into more detail about my components, I got to go for now ,work needs done before this day's done for me. Sorry for being long winded, I'll come back to this,just duty calls. ctw                     

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   Black lives matter along with new black panther group to hold anti police protest in 37 major cities today; please be careful and avoid travel if possible. Their new tactic is to shut down major arteries coming and going into cities. I don't see this ending well. ctw   

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     I'm sure we might have a little fun with this, but on a serious note I figured someone here might know.  My wife, and I have a farm in Crawford Co. Pa., and during holiday weekends my family, and friends get together and camp out on a camp sight we created on the farm. On memorial weekend we all got together, pitched our tents built a fire at night had our favorite beverage's etc. But on saturday and sunday during the wee hours of the morning about 3 am some of us were awaken by a pungent skunk musk type oder that lingered for about an hour afterward. It definetly was'nt a skunk.  We do have bears in the area with occasional sightings and tracks left in the mud on some of the woods trails. The week before I spotted a bear crossing a field and entering the woods. We don't have rattle snakes in our area and the oder from them smells like cuccumber per my experience growing up in warren co. pa. as a youth. When we picked black berries we were told by our father to trust our sense of smell because they don't always rattle and to either back out or wait and prosede with caution. Also no big cats in the area either. So now I turn this over to our brothers, and sisters of weatherby nation.  thanks CTW

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Around the Campfire (General Discussion) / Weatherby rifle bashing
« on: May 16, 2016, 10:07:59 AM »
      As some of you at weatherby nation already know that on some of the other hunting sites and forums; Weatherby rifles take a beating verbally. I am a member on another very popular site and I have been watching or should I say reading this one post unfold for some time. With replies around 70 or more and views approaching toward 4000. Well last night I felt enough was enough. The reply was made from a somewhat disgruntled individual who had posed the question, will I ever buy another weatherby rifle again? never! Seems he had one bad experience back in 2008 with .257 weath. in the accumark. He admitted that it did in fact shoot 1" groups with factory ammo, but when he started reloading for this rifle in 2012 his accuracy became unacceptable with groups coming in at 2" or worse at 100 yds. He reasoned that now that he was loading his own that surely his group size should be 1/2" or better. Hmm! Right away it must be the fault of the rifle. No mention of his reloading procedures, or how many rounds were sent down the tube, or weather it ever received a thorough cleaning. Long story short, he took rifle to gunsmith and had it re-barreled now all's good except all weatherby rifles are over priced junk,crap,etc.you get the idea. Of course he had the usual comrades join in with likewise comments; but with over 8000 posts to his credit he's somewhat of an expert,right? So I posed my question: Will I ever buy another weatherby rifle again? you can bet I will! With all the weatherby rifles in my family, with our reloading procedures we have no problem achieving 1/2" groups or better at 100 yards. I make no apologies for being a weatherby fan. ctw   

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Rifles / info on vanguard select
« on: April 12, 2016, 11:43:42 AM »
        Info on vanguard select or vse; are these pre vanguard series 2? Salesman told me it comes with the floor plate. thanks for any information. ctw

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