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Old 07-21-2008, 01:59 PM
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Default Range Report 7 Mag

I have had, as most of the regulars know, a strong distaste for the Barnes Triple shock all copper bullets. Today I decided to put the Barnes to rest forever. I selected my Sako TRG chambered in 7 Mag to be the test bed as it is as accurate a rifle in the nest. I also had some 160 grainers gathering dust on the shelf.

The little card that comes with the bullets says you can go over max loads by one or 2 grains and to seat 50 thousandths off the lands which I did. I opted to go with the Sierra data using RL22 my go to magnum powder. The book listed the max load at 65.2 grains so I carefully loaded 66.2 grains and got a very good speed but a nice shined spot on the base of the case. Well, that irked me . So, I backed off to 65.7 and had no problems with exactly the same speed.

On to the deck (range) and fired my first 100 yard group then moved the scope and fired my secong group. I was a little shocked with the results as both groups were near MOA. I'll have to wait til the wind dies down before trying them at 250 yards but things look promising! Regards, Rick.
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