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Old May 3, 2011, 03:13 PM   #1
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Differences in Sierra, Hodgdon, and Nosler reloading

I'm getting ready to load 39gr Sierra Blitzking over H4895 for .204 Ruger. Sierra recomends 24.1 grains to 26.5 grains. Hodgden doesn't list a 39gr bullet but for the 40gr bullet weight it lists 26.0 - 27.7C for H4895. And my Nosler reloading manual usually lists loads a bit higher than Hodgden, although they currently don't list a load for H4895 for the 40gr .204.

I've seen various "best loads" using 26.9, 27.3, 27.5, and 27.7 grains of H4895. I don't recall seeing a "most accurate load" at the maximum end of any lists but the Sierra seems to be the lowest of all that I've read. Just wondering if Sierra's loads are more favorable for accuracy whereas the others like to show the need for speed? Thanks.
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Old May 3, 2011, 03:30 PM   #2
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Every manual has different "most accurate" loads becuase every test rifle setup is different. They are only ballpark starting points, and bullet design/seating depth differences (can) make slightly lighter bullets produce more pressure than heavier ones.

So in your case start low-mid from Sierra's perspective and work up 2/10ths at a time until you see the groups tighten and/or first pressure signs
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Old May 3, 2011, 04:19 PM   #3
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Powder makers soft load their data so that you will not blow up the gun. Bullet makers maximize loads so that they can say their bullet is best.
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Old May 3, 2011, 10:37 PM   #4
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If you use a Sierra Bullet use their data to start with.

Link to Sierra's data.....

http://www.rugerhunting.com/204_Ruger_sierra.pdf



I have gotten 1/4" 100Yard groups with:

AR-15, 204 Ruger 24" 12 twist DPMS fluted

R-10X
N-140
X-Terminator
IMR 4895

Winchester, R-P, Hornady all brass show well
205M is "the" primer for most all loads.

32, & 40 V-max very good.
39 Sierra also good with the best BC going.


Very easy to find loads with the 204 that worked, I started with R-10X and the rest came with time. I have a new favorite, it's X-Terminator for the 32-39-40 all small groups with a very clean burning powder.

never tried H-4895 but this link has some loads and about 12 using H-4895


http://www.204ruger.com/forum/viewto...=165&start=105
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Old May 4, 2011, 03:22 AM   #6
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Out of curiosity, how many cups of butter do use for each meal before the consumer starts showing pressure sign and blowing arteries?
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bottom line

the bullets are different
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Old May 5, 2011, 12:56 AM   #9
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the bullets are different
....as are the test barrels/rifles, atmospheric conditions, and people doing the testing.

Start at the start load. Work up, looking for signs of pressure ......
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