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Old 30 June 2015, 17:49
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I can second the forster. It is my go to trimmer.
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Old 2 July 2015, 12:04
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Did some searching, no love. Anyone here have any .308 load data for Alliant 2000MR powder? I'll be pushing a 180g Nosler Accubond out of a 20" barrel with a 1:11 twist. A knowledgeable reloading buddy recommended it, but multiple opinions and feedback is always appreciated so I figured I'd ask around here. Problem is, when I contacted Alliant, they stated they have no tested load data and I haven't found any info in other reloading manuals/websites either. I am very new to reloading and admittedly don't know shite. As such I am finding that A) components can be a mother to come by and B) load data seems to be either non existent, or on the opposite end like drinking from a fire hose.
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Old 2 July 2015, 12:42
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I have a Remington, 20 inch barrel and a Remington, 26 inch barrel. I load for & shoot both on a rotation, as they both shoot “differently”. Both are in Choate stocks. The load data for my 20 inch is : 46.5gr with an OAL of 2.720 in. I use Lapua brass and 175gr SMK and get a muzzle velocity of 2660 fps.
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Old 2 July 2015, 13:20
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I have a Remington, 20 inch barrel and a Remington, 26 inch barrel. I load for & shoot both on a rotation, as they both shoot “differently”. Both are in Choate stocks. The load data for my 20 inch is : 46.5gr with an OAL of 2.720 in. I use Lapua brass and 175gr SMK and get a muzzle velocity of 2660 fps.
Awesome, and that's with the Alliant 2000-MR? If so, that will get me started on a load. I've seen that Alliant lists the max load for 180 Fusion bullet at 48.0gr, but I wasn't sure where to start on the low end. I certainly don't want to start near the max when I'm told by Alliant that there is no tested load data.
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Old 2 July 2015, 14:24
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Sorry, I left out that item of confirmation, didn't I? Yes, Alliant 2000-MR.
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Old 2 July 2015, 14:26
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About 14 months ago I switched from Accurate 4064 to the 2KMR powder. Was loading 45.0gr of 4064 and getting 2640 fps . . . BUT with some pressure signs and short brass life. The 2KMR is reputed to be less pressure & temperature sensitive, but I needed a bit more of it in the case to get the fps where I wanted it. And 2KMR is spherical which meters well and doesn’t fill up the case quite like the cylindrical 4060 does. Even with the 180gr bullet, I recommend starting out at 44.0gr and working your way up . . . I did just that and ended up at 46.5gr. Being able to Chrony your development loads will help you a lot.

Just for comparison: the load data for my 26 inch is: 45.5gr with an OAL of 2.780in. with 2700fps. Same bullet & brass
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Old 2 July 2015, 15:32
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Old 5 July 2015, 19:04
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E5M,

What about this?

http://www.giraudtool.com/Tri%20Way%20Trimmer.htm

I attach it to my drill but (seemingly) get all the benefits of the full size unit?
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Old 5 July 2015, 19:20
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Seems good, no 1st hand experience, but I doubt Giraud makes anything that doesn't work well.

I may have to get that annealer one of these days. So many things to get, so little time and money.

Gotta go, need to make sure the slave wenches are washing the Bugatti. S/F.....Ken M
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So.. any pics of the slave wenches? What? I'm just asking...

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Old 23 July 2015, 18:07
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Any thoughts on the Lee Factory Crimp Die?
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Old 23 July 2015, 19:30
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They work, but IMO completely unnecessary. Any normal taper crimp die works quite well. S/F.....Ken M
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Old 23 July 2015, 22:25
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I'm hearing that they are less sensitive to case length... and that Giraud is pretty cool.. Maybe I can use it for now, then pick up the case trimmer later. Right now I need blasting ammo for matches.
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Old 24 July 2015, 11:18
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Any thoughts on the Lee Factory Crimp Die?
I have loaded 100's of thousands of rounds on Lee loaders with Lee dies and have never once used this die. I think it was an answer to a need from a specific stripe of clientele.
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Old 31 July 2015, 18:04
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Is anyone else using these in their .308? Picked up a few hundred to load up and work with.

LAPUA .308 155gr HPBT SCENAR-L


How do you like them?
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Is anyone else using these in their .308? Picked up a few hundred to load up and work with.

LAPUA .308 155gr HPBT SCENAR-L


How do you like them?
I'm playing with them now for competition rounds, and have had pretty good results so far. Don't have my load data book handy, but I think my load is as follows:
Federal brass
155 Lapua Scenar seated .015" off lands.
IMR XBR 8208 powder at 43.5 grains.
Tulammo magnum primers.
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The load data for my 20 inch is : 46.5gr with an OAL of 2.720 in. I use Lapua brass and 175gr SMK and get a muzzle velocity of 2660 fps.
Wound up with the following:
Federal brass
180 Nosler Accubond seated .006" off lands
Alliant Power Pro 2000MR powder at 45.0 grains
Tulammo magnum primers

It ran an average of around 2,717 FPS (assuming the chrono was good, it's borrowed). Thanks for the help on the powder charge.
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Old 13 August 2015, 18:27
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Is anyone else using these in their .308? Picked up a few hundred to load up and work with.

LAPUA .308 155gr HPBT SCENAR-L


How do you like them?
Excellent bullet, if the US.mil were smarter, they would have replaced M118LR with a load using this bullet. Alas, they're dumber than my Labrador and not nearly as loyal and friendly.

I was loading them with N140, RL15 or Varget to 2900fps from a 24" Rock 5R barrel. It's gives you most of the advantages of a 300 WM, without eating barrels and putting your gunsmith's kids through college. S/F....Ken M
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Old 14 August 2015, 12:45
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How do you all like this projectile at 1k? I cannot get a straight answer from other sources.

Some say its either the 155 Scenar-L or 175 SMK. That the 155stays supersonic while the 168 SMK does not.

As I am still learning, can someone help clarify?

The wife has a "allowed" me to pick up a lot of components so I will have tons of trigger/range time.
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Old 14 August 2015, 20:06
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You are welcome, sir. Glad I could help . . .
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