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Does anyone have a link to a ballistics chart for Winchester and Federal rifle ammunition?

I currently shoot Federal Premium in .280 caliber but the ammo is getting harder to find at local stores and the price is higher, closing in on $30 per box at some places. I am thinking of changing to Winchester Silver Balistic Tip but would like some input from people first. I really like the Fed. Premium's increased ballistcs and don't want to go back to regular Federal shells.

Thanks for the help everyone.
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You really should think about reloading if you haven't already.  It may seem like a big expense up front, but its not at all.

 

For my new 270 I bought 4 boxes of rem, win ammo from walmart the cheap bullets, shot them for sighting in and hunting or just shooting.  Then  I buy a pound of powder for $16 and 100 bullets of hornady, sierra, etc. for $15/box from (competitor)usa and I'm shooting better than the most expensive bullets for 1/3 of the cost.  Plus my brass is fire formed meaning that once its shot it now takes shape for my gun which is suppose to help with accuracy.

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power-strings...I get a grouping of 3 inside a nickle at 110 yards(didn't shoot further at a target than that). the 700BDL .280 shoots excellent but the fed prem. bullets are too expensive now.

I did kinda look into reloading but I need more info.

what kind of scale, dies and prices did you come up with(just the mechanical hardware i mean)?

any testing info that you have would be awesome including links, etc.

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uaw003, you can do better, it's called ROLL YOUR OWN!
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Almost any reload is better. Why? Because you made it. Nobody to blame if it does or doesn't meet expectations. (If done correctly no factory loads can compare). Reloads allow closer manufact. tolerances and you have something the manufact. doesn't.--- the chamber of your gun to work with.

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Is this for hunting or paper?
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This is for both but mostly hunting.

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Well,  From what I can tell your like I was it just doesn't seem cost efficient to "roll your own".  Reason I was looking at expensive equipment (progressive) not knowing that just  good ole single stage, turret press is all thats needed.  someone else can probably explain better but I will try.  Lee turret press approx $50 bucks, Lee rifle dies include neck and full size $26, digital scale $80 (had this already for building arrows) not needed, the Lee press kit comes with a scale. 1lb powder $15, 300 bullets $45.  Have fun and shoot till you get tired and save a lot of money (especially if your married) .  So once you buy the press and die the shooting becomes real cheap compared to buying factory.  40round of factory premium $60.  300rounds of handload premium $60.  Not to mention I use the same press for my 45acp and 44magnum bullets, and any future rifle or pistol.
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