I'm not sure what forum to put this in, but since this is a long range bullet, I'll put it here.
When I read about this bullet I thought it would be fun to try, but since my Tikka 7-08 is a 9.5 twist, I didn't think it would stabilize. But then Sportsmans had one box on the shelf, so I thought I'd give them a try just for grins.
Today I got out to shoot, but only at 100 yards. I was at 5k feet and usually shoot at that elevation. I started with Hunter. The gun didn't like them at all. Then I tied 4451. As I worked up, it got better. 43 grains in my Lapua cases is REALLY compressed at 2.83. But it shot four into about .7. (My rifle has a long throat, don't copy my loads for safety reasons, etc.) I know I need more rounds in the group, but this is the first time out and I was trying to find pressure/speed. I was at 2530 fps. I am going to load up more at 43 again, 43.2, 43.4, and see what it does and if it is repeatable.
Do you more experienced guys think the groups will fall apart at long range? Or, because of the slower twist, do I just plan on a lower BC?
I know I should just go try it at long range, but the place I usually shoot long is still snowed in for at least another month. so I'll just have to wait for the snow to melt to check for myself!
As an aside and I know everyone knows this, but my Tikkas are just so easy to load for.. .