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Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by mugsie, Dec 12, 2010.

  1. mugsie

    mugsie Member

    May 8, 2006
    I built a 260 Rem on a Savage 300 Win Mag doner action, using a Shileen barrel and a SSS varment / tactical stock. I'll be taking this rig out anywhere from 300 to 600 to 1000 yards. I'm looking to work up a tuned load using SMK 142g HPBT bullets. At the moment, I'm using Lapua brass, and H4831SC powder. The Hodgdon site recomments anywhere from 45 to 47.5 which is a compressed load (don't know why, but I'm never comfortable with a compressed load). I'm also using WLR primers. At the moment, I have 5 loaded at 45, 5 at 46, and 5 at 47. I'll give them a try this week at 100 yards for best groups.

    So - what are the rest of you using? have any of you found a "best" powder bullet combination for these distances? I'm not locked in to any powder at the moment (although I need to use up the 4831).

    OK - what say ye?
  2. JimKirk

    JimKirk Senior Member

    Nov 23, 2008
    Nicholls,GA South Georgia
    I don't load the 260, but I do many other calibers. I use compressed loads all the time with out any problem. My favorite 243 load is a compressed load of IMR 7828. Don't fear compressed loads if they are recommend in a manual.

    Jimmy K
  3. ~z

    ~z Member

    Aug 19, 2005
    High plains of Texas
    magsie, while not a 260, I have a similar set up in 6.5/284 and also shoot the 142 SMKs. I have found good results from a compressed load of H4831SC. Also try RL22 and if you are running a long barrel try RL25. H1000 is also another that works well with the 6.5mm bullets.
    Good luck!

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