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Here`s another 300 WSM loading recipe I duplicated from the "reloadersnest" site (load #5506) and chrony`d over the weekend. The primer I used was different. Since I started using the Berger hunting VLDs a few months ago, thought I`d give this load a go.
 
This was my first try with RL17.  I worked up to the charge listed in load # 5506. From his 24" barreled M70, his submitted velocity was 3380 fps using the 155 gr VLD, with a 3 shot group accuracy of between 0.600" and 0.700" (somewhere in that range).
 
Cartridge.............................300 WSM
Bullet...................................Berger VLD (hunting)
Weight................................155 gr
Powder................................RL17
Charge................................69 gr
Primer.................................WLRM
Case...................................Win (once fired brass)
COAL...................................2.88"
Rifle.....................................M77 Ruger Frontier w/1.5-5x20 VX111
Barrel length.......................16.5"
Muzzle velocity....................3234 fps (average)
ES.......................................11 fps
Group..................................0.784" OD (3 shot) w/ 2 prior fouling shots
 
Compared to load # 5506; a 19.4 fps average loss per inch of shorter barrel length or a 4.32% overall difference.
 
No sticky bolt lift and no pressure signs. But no doubt very close to max. No need to go any further,,,,,,I`ll take it!.......Alliant shows a max listing of 69.3 gr RL17 using a 150 grain Speer @ about 3343 to 3347 fps from a 24" tube.
 
Very pleased with this type of performance from `lil "mighty mouse!" Big Grin
 
In my rifle, RL17 certainly lives up to increased velocity, as my prior best using a 150 gr SST was 3118 fps. (A 116 fps increase and with a bullet 5 grains heavier). Not bad! 
 
The big piggys will love this loading too!!!..........Pig 
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Cool! Thanks for the info!
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