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Old February 20, 2012, 10:10 PM   #1
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Varget and 140SMKs in 260 Remington?

Anyone using it? I have load data just wondering how it shoots. The Varget worked great for the 120's and I have a good load with 4350 for the 140's. But I have like 7 pounds of Varget and less than 1/2 pound of 4350 and I like those 140's at distance.

28 inch barrel and 8 twist
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Old February 20, 2012, 10:26 PM   #2
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I load for my 260, but the heaviest bullet I use is 120 grains, and I haven't tried Varget yet. 4064 worked great with the 120's in my real short barrel, but I've since switched to Reloader 17. For the 140's Varget might not be the number 1 choice of powders, particularly if you have that 28 inch barrel, but if you have 7 pounds you might as well get to using it. But, if you want to wring out all the speed you can muster from that long barrel, there really are many better powder choices (like 4350).
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Old February 21, 2012, 04:52 AM   #3
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I have a MOA handgun in .260 with a 14 in bbl.I developed my loads using powder on the quicker side for the short barrel.I use 120 gr Ballistic Tips.I get around 2600.I hit the wall on pressure sooner with Varget than I did Re-15.

IMO,it would be worse with a 140 gr bullet.

Seat of the pants,with a rifle length barrel and 140's,I'd be looking more in the range of Re-19,4350,maybe even 4831sc.

Having 7 lbs of Varget is a good thing,use it where it is sweet!!I would not use it up on less than ideal loads.

I think you will max out on pressure with Varget before you reach the velocity potential.
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Old February 21, 2012, 05:40 AM   #4
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you guys are right. Varget is my powder of choice for my 308 and 36 gr of it with the 120's in the 260 gave me .3 groups. Will just pick up more of the 4350 for the 140's. Sunday I was just doing break in groups and cleaning more than shooting but the barrel loved the 140 SMK's with anything between 40.7, 40.9 and 41.1 all giving me sub .5 groups so that seems to be a really forgiving load. No idea what the velocities were, it was raining and I did not set up the chrony.
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