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Saboted Accelerator Loads


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Q: I own a Marlin XS7 in .308 Winchester and my mate has a Ruger M77 .30-06 that we want to reload for using saboted 55gn .224 bullets for limited use on varmints.If possible we'd like to duplicate the ballistics of the Remington factory accelerator loads.My gunshop gave me two loads they said were taken from a current reloading manual. I have your latest 9th edition manual and cannot find any reference to accelerator loads in it. The load I was given for the .308 is 37gn of AR2205 for 3700fps and in the .30-06 52gn of AR2207 for 4050fps. We've tried those loads and they don't give anywhere near those velocities and accuracy is poor. Could you suggest a couple of decent loads for saboted 55gn bullets in our rifles? Roley KinnairdA: I dunno where your gunshop found those loads, but two loads that I've found fast andsafe are : in the .308 38gn of AR2205 for 3800fps and in the .30-06 48gn of AR2205 or4200fps. These loads equal Remington's accelerator loads. As to accuracy, I've found thatgroups with the accelerator loads will be little better, or about the same as what you aregetting with the parent cartridges. 

 

 

 


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The late Nick Harvey (1931-2024) was one of the world's most experienced and knowledgeable gun writers, a true legend of the business. He wrote about firearms and hunting for about 70 years, published many books and uncounted articles, and travelled the world to hunt and shoot. His reloading manuals are highly sought after, and his knowledge of the subject was unmatched. He was Sporting Shooter's Technical Editor for almost 50 years. His work lives on here as part of his legacy to us all.

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