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Old April 13, 2001, 12:46 PM   #1
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Does anybody know starting points on these rounds. I have found no info on these. The only thing I have found says on 7.62x54R to start with .308 WIN starting loads. (Approximately same case capacity shooting same size bullet) I know they have dies and brass(EXPENSIVE) for 8x56R, but I can't find starting points on loads. Any suggestions?
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Old April 13, 2001, 01:13 PM   #2
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Barnes Cartridges of the World offers loads for both cartridges.

The 7.62 Russian round, though, is included in just about every reloading manual I've every looked at.
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Old April 13, 2001, 07:34 PM   #3
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7.62x54R S&B Factory ammo 2" 3 shot groups at 100 yards

1) Lyman's 45th [1970] and 47th [1992] both say 45 gr IMR4895 max for 180 gr JSP 3.037" 2493 fps
2) PO Ackley 1966 says 49 gr IMR4895 180 gr for 2675 fps
3) Hornady 1973 says 47 gr IMR4895 180 gr 2600 fps
4) Sierra 1st [~1970] and 50th [1998] both say 45.1 gr IMR4895 for 180 gr 2500 fps
5) Modern Reloading by Richard Lee says 38.7 gr max for IMR4895 and 180gr 2354 fps
6) I found 44.3 gr the most accurate as shown in the data below

Reloaded with neck sized cases and loaded with 180 gr Rem .312 bullets,
CCI 200, 2.843" OAL, and IMR4895 powder shooting 3 shot groups: 40 gr
2.7" 41 gr
2" 42 gr 2.25" 43 gr >4" 44 gr 1.2" 45 gr 2.9" 46 gr 1.4" 47 gr >4" 48
gr 2.5" 49 gr 3.3" 50 gr 2.5" w/ sticky bolt

I reloaded again: 43.0 gr > 2" 43.3 gr 2.4" 43.6 gr 3.5" 44.0 gr 2.1"
44.3 gr 1.2" 44.6 gr 2.2" 45.0 gr 1.7" 45.3 gr 1.7" 45.6 gr 4.5" 46.0 gr
2" 46.3 gr 2.6" 46.6 gr
4.6" 47.0 gr 3.2" 47.3 gr 1.3" 47.6 gr 3.8" 48.0 gr 2.2" 48.3 gr 2.7"
48.6 gr 3"
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