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Kimber 84m longmaster VT

Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by Harrydawg, Jul 14, 2009.

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  1. Harrydawg

    Harrydawg Member

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    i just purchased a longmaster vt 22-250 and im having trouble finding a load that shoots tight groups any suggestions???
     
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    As I'm sure you know every rifle will shoot differently with all kinds of ammo. And the bullet weight you choose will depend upon the rate of twist of your barrel.

    Lyman lists loads they consider "potentially most accurate." These are those loads from Lyman #49.
    (always double check load data you find on the net because mistakes can and will happen when writing the numbers)
    36gr Barnes Varmint Grenade 2.240" OAL, 34.2gr Varget
    40gr Hornady V-Max 2.350" OAL, 38.5gr IMR4064
    45gr Sierra JSP 2.310" OAL, 37.0gr Reloader 15
    50gr Sierra Jacketed Blitz 2.310" OAL, 33.5gr IMR4895
    52gr Hornady A-Max 2.350" OAL, 38.0gr Varget
    53gr Barnes TSX 2.350" OAL, 41.0gr H380
    55gr Hornady V-Max 2.345" OAL, 36.5gr VV N150
    60gr Hornady JHP 2.350" OAL, 35.5gr VV N150
    63gr Sierra Jacketed SMP 2.350" OAL, 34.0gr H380

    Welcome to the forum. Hope this data helps a little.
     
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    I own a Longmaster Classic in 223 with a 1:9 twist. I had fits trying to develop a load with several different 55 grain bullets and several different powders. I thought there was something wrong with my gun until I loaded up some 40 grain Nosler Ballistic Tips and started printing tiny clover leaf shaped holes in the target. I then went to to a 63 grain Sierra Semi Spitzer and it's been nothing but smiles ever since. The little brother of the 63 grain bullet, the 45 grain bullet does the same thing, little tiny groups.

    Try some different bullets before you pull all your hair out.
     
  4. Harrydawg

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    yea i think i found the load that works now a 55gr v-max with 30.5 grains of imr 4064 did your gun take a long time to break in thats how mine is acting
     
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    No, it started shooting great as soon as I found the bullet it likes.
     
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    New rifles are a fantastic joy, but as a handloader finding a load that shoots like you expect it to can be long tedious task. That tedious task is all part of the fun though IMO. I will say that you def picked up a beautiful gun to develop loads for and would expect that thing to shoot some great groups.

    Bullet selection is the biggest key to the accuracy equation. It can get expensive at first to find the bullets it likes, but once you do you will be well on your way to some impressive shooting. Buy small batches until you find the one. Oh, and did I mention you picked out one hell of a shooter. Congrats.
     
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