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Old October 31, 2013, 07:55 PM   #1
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.300 WSM custom loads

Hi everyone, I have a 300 WSM question. I have a Rem 700/shillen barrel in 300WSM and am looking for a lite load for fun. I am fairly new to the 300 WSM and want to download it so that I can shoot a larger number of rounds. Im learning the elements of shooting long range and am practicing breath control, muscle control, when to pull trigger, etc. I have an army ex-sniper as an instructor.
This is why I want a low recoil load so that I can get through the initial stages of flinch.
I was thinking about 110-125 grain noslers, barnes, etc. Is it ok to take the starting loads and reduce them by about 5-10 grains??? Will this create a pressure spike problem? I will probably be using H380 or H4895 since I have several pounds of both.
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Old October 31, 2013, 09:11 PM   #2
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It generally not a good idea to go below Minimum unless there is some reduced data to support it.

If you want reduced loads check out Hodgdon's reduced/youth loads with H-4895.

http://www.hodgdon.com/PDF/H4895%20R...le%20Loads.pdf
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Old November 1, 2013, 06:08 AM   #3
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One other thing might help you with the initial flinch-wear good earplugs and shooting muffs. You might discover that a lot of the flinch is caused more by the muzzle blast than actual recoil
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Old November 1, 2013, 06:19 AM   #4
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When I was teaching my boys to shoot off a bench without flinching, I loaded a few dummy rounds with no primer or powder.
I would fill the mag for them and randomly insert one or two of the dummy rounds. I did the same thing with handguns. It sure is an eye opener to the shooter when all they hear is a click and can actually see and feel how bad they were flinching.
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Old November 1, 2013, 08:32 AM   #5
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Thanks

Thanks for all the good responses. I am definitely going to use the youth loads this weekend. I have a lesson on saturday and my instructor asked me to bring 50 rounds, so that we could do more muscle-memory work. I'm going to load them up tonight.

PS: One more question, should I use a filler in the case, since Im using a reduced load? The Hodgdon data sheet didnt mention it.


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Old November 1, 2013, 10:08 AM   #6
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You might want to look at Speer reloading manual and their reduced load for the 300WSM using AA5744 110gr,130gr and 150gr bullet and velocity start 2054fps max out mid 2200fps
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Old November 3, 2013, 08:21 PM   #7
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Reduced loads worked great

I loaded 50 rounds of 300WSM with 125gr Nos boat tails, 44Grs of H4895. These loads were relatively soft recoil, about the same as my 243. They shot well also, my best 5 shot group was 1.1" at 100yds, which is not bad for a chart load with no tuning.
Thanks for the help.
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Old November 4, 2013, 10:16 AM   #8
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+1 for the H4895. I used that to load a 300 wsm down to 308 levels. I don't have my data here right now but was something like 45 grains with Hornady 150 spire points. Was an easy shooting load that produced 2700 fps muzzle velocity.
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