Originally Posted by dbach
Loaded some .243 with the Varget yesterday. I was antsey and wanted to shoot the new rifle (new to me, I bought it at a pawn shop). Here is what I saw:
No signs of overpressure.
Rounds cycled well thru the rifles action.
Using a Hornady 87 grain V-Max, new Winchester brass, and WLR primers.
5 rounds at 37.5 grains Varget - tightest group, very little recoil and seemed to shoot the best.
5 rounds at 39.5 grains Varget - Scattered group did not shoot well at all.
5 rounds at 41.5 grains Varget - Even more scattered, not satisfactory.
All published loads (for 85 grain BTSP and found in the Speer #14 Manual.
So if I continue to use Varget, which is not likely, I'll keep the charge around 37.5 grains.
These were my first rifle reloads and I did have one issue. The problem came with not seating a few of the primers completely. I had a few that were sitting proud. These rounds would not chamber at all. It took me a bit, but I finally figured out what was wrong when I set the rounds down on a table and noticed they were rocking around : ) Duhh.
I have a RCBS Turret press and I have found that it takes a bit of extra effort to seat the large rifle primers correctly. All I had to do was press them a little deeper and the problem vanished. I also started using the RCBS hand press and I found it to be a little more user friendly. I also learned that loading for rifles is not fast. I hand primed and weighed each individual round. The benefit was accuracy. This ones a little hard to swallow but I do have a wittiness. At 100 yards and very little wind my first three shots were touching. The other two were within an inch.
aint it fun?! great job, why wouldn't we believe you...
so those first 5 all grouped within an inch, thats 0.75 MOA, hard to beat that, and with Varget you get a powder that is temp insensitive...