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New Member, just wanted to say hello

05 Jun 2019
@ 06:09 am (GMT)

Calvin Nickel

Just joined this forum after years of reading Ballistic Studies articles and lurking around the discussions on this forum. Greetings from Saskatchewan, Canada. Wanted to say thanks to Nathan and those who participate on forums like these, you've helped inform some decisions I've made in the last few years regarding my ideal rifle, cartridge, and projectile choices within my very limited budget. I'm hoping to work up some loads and test them on game this November, i haven't done much shooting or loading in the last 2 years as we moved to different house and had two kids in that time) but I've got everything I need to hopefully get started soon. My rifle is a savage 111 Long Range Hunter (with the accustock,adjustable muzzle brake, adjustable trigger, semi-heavy barrel) in 300 winchester magnum. I'm planning to treat the barrel with hexagonal boron nitride and have already treated my projectiles with it. I'm hoping to get an accurate load with the hornady 225 eld match, but have 208 eld and 210 accubond long range projectiles as well if the 225s for some reason don't agree with my rifle (10 twist, no worries there). I have a pound each of H1000 and IMR enduron 8133. If these don't work for whatever reason I have 7977, 4955, 7828, rl22. Might also try and find rl 26 or 33. It was this site more than anything else that convinced me to ignore the prevailing opinions around me and give frangible, high bc match type bullets a try at hunting. Hope to have results in the months ahead.

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05 Jun 2019
@ 08:48 am (GMT)

Nathan Foster

Re: New Member, just wanted to say hello
Hi Calvin, welcome aboard and thank you for your kind words.

Regarding the Savage, when you make a start on this, perhaps try the rifle with non-coated bullets to begin with and take time to study the rate of copper fouling. If (after the barrel is broken in) you find the rate of fouling to be very low, you may want to refrain from using any coatings. The Savage barrels are sometimes slightly oversized so it pays to not reduce bullet grip any further under these conditions. It can also pay to avoid over cleaning of these barrels. In conclusion, be sure to treat this barrel as a totally unique item, being cautious of all external information (including this information).
05 Jun 2019
@ 02:40 pm (GMT)

Calvin Nickel

Re: New Member, just wanted to say hello
Thanks for the input Nathan. I’ve kind of already committed as I’ve treated my projectiles already. I have shot the rifle before. It did shoot well with uncoated 180 nosler ballistic tips, got my whitetail last year with that load, a milder load, more like a really hot .30-06 ballistically. I have yet to clean it. I’m 100 percent in agreement about cleaning. I clean my rifles as little as possible, I’ve come to believe excessive cleaning is one of the greatest enemies of accuracy and consistency. If it’s still shooting as it should, I leave it alone. Hopefully the enduron powders perform as advertised and further reduce cleaning. I did not know that about savages, thanks. They’re my favourite rifles. If I had a bigger budget I don’t think I’d buy more expensive brands, just have a lot more savages around (and weatherby, love the ergonomics and they shoot). My main reason for hbn is the reports of less variation in poi from cold bore to subsequent shots and even more so increased barrel life.
05 Jun 2019
@ 02:43 pm (GMT)

Calvin Nickel

Re: New Member, just wanted to say hello
While we’re talking, what has your experience been with enduron powders?
 

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