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Varmninting With A .270 Win.


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Sierra 90gn HP Varminter bullet can be pushed to 3500fps with careful load development.
Sierra 90gn HP Varminter bullet can be pushed to 3500fps with careful load development. Image M.O’Dean

Q: I’ve been using the 90gn Sierra H.P bullet in my Remington Model 700 without the slightest sign of any fliers or instability. The load I’ve been using (62.5gn of Re-19) shoots very flat and has provided excellent results on dingoes out to 300-plus metres. The problem is that I have been unable to get any Re-19, but have managed to buy two cans of AR2209 which the gun shop owner said would equal the performance of Re-19. If this is true, could you suggest a load for this powder?
Gary Fenton

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A: Your old load of 62.5gn of Re-19 would have driven the 90gn Sierra H.P at about 3500fps. A 60gn charge of AR2209 should deliver the same velocity, but as always work up from 58gn one grain at a time. The maximum charge is listed as being 62gn.


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Nick Harvey is one of the world's most experienced and knowledgeable gun writers, a true legend of the business. He has been writing about firearms and hunting for more than 65 years, has published many books and uncounted articles, and has travelled the world to hunt and shoot. His reloading manuals are highly sought after, and his knowledge of the subject is unmatched. He has been Sporting Shooter's Gun Editor for longer than anyone can remember. Nick lives in rural NSW, Australia.

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