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Old 05-19-2014, 09:35 PM
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Default 17 Remington

I'm looking for a new load for the 25 and 30 gr. bullets, I have been using IMR 4320 with the 25 gr. pills for years with good results. Anyway the old barrel started key holing so she got updated to a new 1-9 twist barrel. So far I tried IMR 4320 and Hodgdon's CFE 223 both shoot good (3/4in.) but not great. I'm looking to tweak it down to 1/2in. or less. Just looking to see what other powders work for you.
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Old 05-20-2014, 07:56 PM
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Hodgdon 4895, imr4320, or accurate arms 2700 are going to be the best powders in the 17 Remington with 25-30 gr bullets.
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Old 05-21-2014, 07:49 PM
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Thanks for the tip going to run H4895 this weekend, let you know the results next week.
Would like to know your 204 secret recipe if you don't mind sharing I've had my best luck with Benchmark and a 32gr. bullet.
Last test were averaging .321 end to end minus the fliers that I new were coming.

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Old 05-21-2014, 08:25 PM
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In the 204 I use imr 4895 federal 205M primers. Sierra 39's or either berger will shoot super tight. I'm over listed max by a good amount without signs of pressure. You can match factory ammo velocity pretty easy with this combo.
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Old 05-22-2014, 08:45 PM
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Sounds like you go threw a lot of 4895 imr and hodgdon powders. Going to have to give that a shot latter this summer. Good choice on primers federals are a good first indicator of pressure build up and easy to read, as far as being over max I know what your saying but I won't get into that.
Thanks again for the info.
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Old 05-22-2014, 10:57 PM
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I actually have a favorite recipe for every cartridge and they all use different powder and primers so I just keep everything I can get on hand. Lol
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Old 05-25-2014, 06:52 PM
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With 25gr. I use IMR8208XBR with excellent results, but I will admit that IMR4320 is a big favorite of mine with the 25gr. bullets. With 30gr. bullets its hands down H414/W760. I've heard that Big Game works good with 30's also, but I've not tried it. Oh, my primer choice for 17's is/has always been Rem. 7 1/2's.

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Old 05-26-2014, 08:34 AM
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Thanks for all the good info, Today is range day see how things work out. Weather looks good 70 sunny and a light breeze, should be a good day. Will try to post results but I'm not so sure how this photo thing works but I will give it a shot later today.
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Old 05-26-2014, 10:46 AM
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Who smithed your kimber and what king of barrel K22? Nice looking groups.
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Old 05-26-2014, 06:56 PM
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msterrett good tip on the h4895 brought my group down to less then a 1/2 in. end-end or .342 center-center with the 25gr bullets (bergers) but the 30 gr opened up some. Looks like its time to play with the seating length and powder charge now to find the optimal group size for the 25 grainers.
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