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Old June 29, 2007, 08:50 PM   #1
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68 gr Hornady BTHP match load data?

Does anyone have or know where I can find load data for a 68 gr Hornady BTHP match using Varget? None of my manuals have any data for this load but I know people have used Varget with this bullet and they say with good results.

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Old June 29, 2007, 11:19 PM   #2
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The Hodgdon website shows the 69 gr sierra max load at 26.0 grs Varget. It is a compressed load and I have used it in my ARs. I have had better luck with a faster powder like 2230 for accuracy.
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Old June 30, 2007, 09:16 AM   #3
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I have shot thousands of 69 Sierra's and 68 Hornady match bullets. I load those bullets to give me an average of 2800 fps in a match barreled AR 15. This is my own personnal limit as I have had primer problems in hot weather if I pushed these bullets faster.

That said, I have never detected any measureable difference between my chronograph velocities between the Hornady and Sierra given the same powder charge. Just use Sierra data and you will be OK.
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Old June 30, 2007, 09:27 AM   #4
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I don't know your brass brand or other details? Varget, which is really great in the .308 and .30-06, does not seem to exhibit the same temperature immunity in the .223. Thus, a Varget load in the .223 that groups well at cool temperatures may not do as well in summer weather. Temperature immunity is actually complex, and case and gun geometry get into it, so it may do well for you, even if it doesn't for others.

Most match shooters have claimed better luck with Winchester 748 ball powder for the heavier bullets in .223. In a Winchester case, a common match load is the 69 grain SMK with 24.5 grains of 748 in a Winchester case with Winchester primer. That is a maximum listed load. I find deburring flashholes helps reduce groups with ball powders like this, so I add that step the first time I reload a case that will be used with it. I don't see any improvement from deburred flashholes with stick powders, but they light up more easily.
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Old June 30, 2007, 09:59 AM   #5
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I am using Winchester brass. I have load data for just about every other powder using this bullet except Varget. I may call Hornady Monday and see if they have some. If not, I guess I will use some H335 and see what kind of results I get.
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Old June 30, 2007, 04:32 PM   #6
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I load the Hornady 68s the same as the 69 SMK with Varget. Varget is not as temp sensitive as some of the other powders. H4895 works good too.
748 is one of the powders that will show pressure signs at higher ambient temperatures. I stopped using 748 due to pierced primers.
My tried and true load for the 69 SMK is 25.3g Varget in LC brass with a Rem 7-1/2 primer. I shoot a 24 in. 1 in 9. The 68s are very close in performance to the 69s.
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Old June 30, 2007, 06:51 PM   #7
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Try this link

http://www.jouster.com/cgi-bin/reloa...mes;read=18650

Looks like 24.5 grains Varget with a 69 Sierra is a very common load for AR shooters. I don't see any reason why a 68 Hornady Match would not also shoot well between 24.0 and 24.5 grains.
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Old June 30, 2007, 10:00 PM   #8
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I have the 68 grain BTHP match data from the Hornady 6th Edition Manual.
Varget 22.7 - 24.9 grains.
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Old June 30, 2007, 10:18 PM   #9
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I have the 68 grain BTHP match data from the Hornady 6th Edition Manual.
Varget 22.7 - 24.9 grains.
Thanks for the info. I need to get a new Hornady manual.
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