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    • #31247
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      Finally got a pound of this powder to test in my .30/06
      It has great temperature stability, bulk density in recommended cartridge applications ,and a copper eraser.

      The burn rate is similar to 4350 ,so it may be a good one for certain high speed cast bullet applications.

      Just loaded some in my .30/06 yesterday. I haven’t had a chance to shoot any yet.

      Has anyone else tried this powder? It looks like it may be a good one for .30/06,.270 win, .243, 260Rem,and 7mm/08

    • #31248
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      My LGS has RL16 but I have been working with RL17 in 30.06. I have considered trying it. Looking forward to your results.

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      oldblinddog;n11293 wrote: My LGS has RL16 but I have been working with RL17 in 30.06. I have considered trying it. Looking forward to your results.

      How do you like the Reloader 17 in the .30/06 .Are you getting good accuracy with it?

      I have never tried it.

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      Just today I was at the range with some test loads of 55.5 gr. 10 each of the Speer 165 HCSP and the Hornady 165 gr. BTSP. On Alliant’s website the max is 56.5 with the Speer. The Speer shot 3 into 1 3/4″ (and 4″ left of aim) so I quit with those, saving the rest for fouler’s. The Hornady improved over the 55.0 gr.load from 1 1/2″ to 1″ group, so I will go to 56.0 and try those next Saturday. I have a hunt coming up Dec. 6-8th that I plan to use them.

      I also have used RL 17 with the Speer 200 HCSP and the Sierra 200 BTSP in 30.06 with good results.

      RL 17 is also similar in burning rate to the 4350’s. Also, seems I read that someone posted that all the RL’s have the de-coppering agent.

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      I have experimented some with IMR 4831 and cast and plan to revisit that when I get the chance. RL 17 would be a good one to try there I think. Sorry no cast results yet.

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      Of the powders I have tried, my Ruger #1 .30/06 likes IMR 4350 with 150 gr Hornady flat base and IMR 4831 with 165 Hornady flat base.
      Like most #1’s I have owned it is pretty quirky.
      I do like the #1, but I am not too sure I will buy another one.

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      Just got back from the range. Test was done at 100yds.

      I have to say I am impressed with Rel 16 in my Ruger #1 .30/06

      I tried it with the Hornady 165 flat base, and SST,also the Hornady 150 flat base.
      My rifle has shown a clear preference for the Hornady 150gr flat base bullets.
      With 58 grs of Reloader 16, I got four shot in half an inch and one shot opened the group to one inch.

      This may not sound like much,but believe me in a Ruger #1 it is impressive.

      One thing I noticed after firing fifteen rounds is no copper in the bore.
      After ten shot with the IMR powders the bore looks like a copper coat job, and is fairly hard to get out.

      After cleaning I would say I have about 50% less copper fouling than with IMR powder.

      The Reloader 16 is a winner in my book.

    • #31284
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      That IS impressive in a Ruger #1.

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      Well, the 56.0 gr load of RL 17 in the 30.06 did the trick! About 3/4″ group in my rifle. This is 1/2 gr under listed max and there were no signs of pressure at all. I may fine tune it later but I’m going to hunt with this load.

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      oldblinddog;n11543 wrote: Well, the 56.0 gr load of RL 17 in the 30.06 did the trick! About 3/4″ group in my rifle. This is 1/2 gr under listed max and there were no signs of pressure at all. I may fine tune it later but I’m going to hunt with this load.

      I look forward to trying Rel 17.Good luck with your hunt.

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      WCM;n11340 wrote: Just got back from the range. Test was done at 100yds.

      I have to say I am impressed with Rel 16 in my Ruger #1 .30/06

      I tried it with the Hornady 165 flat base, and SST,also the Hornady 150 flat base.
      My rifle has shown a clear preference for the Hornady 150gr flat base bullets.
      With 58 grs of Reloader 16, I got four shot in half an inch and one shot opened the group to one inch.

      This may not sound like much,but believe me in a Ruger #1 it is impressive.

      One thing I noticed after firing fifteen rounds is no copper in the bore.
      After ten shot with the IMR powders the bore looks like a copper coat job, and is fairly hard to get out.

      After cleaning I would say I have about 50% less copper fouling than with IMR powder.

      The Reloader 16 is a winner in my book.

      Peesaw a Ruger #1 heck that should be a tack driver. :D:D

      actually agree that is impressive for the setup

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