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Posted: February 16 2017 at 4:54pm | IP Logged Quote ShipAhoy

I just got into reloading. My first attempt is 6.5
Creedmoor. I have some once fired Hornaday brass and
going to reload it with IMR 4451 and Horanday 140gr ELD
Match bullets.

I just bought 200 rounds of Lapua 6.5 Creedmoor brass
and I see it has a small primer pocket. Does any one
have a load for that brass using Hornaday 140 ELD
Match bullets?

Thank you.

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Posted: February 16 2017 at 5:16pm | IP Logged Quote Rex

Welcome to the forum. Sorry I can't help, my 6.5 is the Swedish Mauser variety and I do use Hornady 140 grain bullets but the SST type. Also use Sierra 140 grain and like the accuracy of them a lot also. My powder is IMR 4350 and loaded under Max because of the age of the old military carbine.
Keep us posted on your progress with that Creedmoor.
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Posted: February 16 2017 at 7:40pm | IP Logged Quote JD45

Study a good manual. Most of the time the powders that make top velocity at reasonable pressure are a good starting point.

If you ain't shooting benchrest competition, I wouldn't worry about powder for too long if it's a safe load.

Seating depth, bullet run-out, and hitting the pressure and velocity your barrel likes is usually what shrinks group size.
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Also - Hornady is real good about helping handloaders who call. I've contacted both Sierra and Hornady in the past when I had questions.

They load and shoot a LOT more ammo every year than most of us ever will. Tap into that knowledge! They've probably got two or three EXCELLENT loads to recommend.

And, welcome to the forum!

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Posted: February 17 2017 at 7:03am | IP Logged Quote ShipAhoy

Thank everyone.
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http://www.hodgdonreloading.com/data/rifle

Add this site to your favorites.

They list one load with the V-Max bullet
it would at least give you a starting point.




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Posted: February 17 2017 at 9:13am | IP Logged Quote ShipAhoy

Thanks I saw that site and it listed 41.1 as the max
powder for my application. Do people ever go .1, .2
or .3 above these guidelines?

Thanks again.

nhblaze wrote:

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/www.hodgdonreloading.com/data/rifle


Add this site to your favorites.

They list one load with the V-Max bullet
it would at least give you a starting point.


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Posted: February 17 2017 at 2:25pm | IP Logged Quote nhblaze

I do believe the ELD has less bearing surface
than the V-Max and you maybe able too, but
I would not reccomend it.
As M700 suggest call Hornady.

I'd start with 39, 40 then try the 41

I have never found that increasing a load
by less than a .5 grain is worth it. IMO
but I don't do any long range target shooting.

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A few decent links:

Shooting Times

Sniper Forum

Savage Forum

Guns and Ammo

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Posted: February 17 2017 at 4:09pm | IP Logged Quote ShipAhoy

First results of reloading. The numbers for the
Hornaday 140gr ELD Factory Match ammo was 2704.3 FPS,
SD
11.500, ES 38, but it didn't group anywhere near as
well
as my hand loads.

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Posted: March 04 2017 at 5:34pm | IP Logged Quote fire4200

Every barrel has its own unique personality when I dialed
in my 300 Win Mag the difference between good groups and
one hole groups was less than 0.5 grains of powder

You also have to take into account bullet jump can play Big
factors in accuracy
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Since it sounds like you have a chronograph, you have a great tool for finding a safe load.

Know the traditional pressure signs based on appearance of primers and cases. You can even mike case heads.
But speed tells a lot. If you are getting way more velocity than the max book load, you can bet pressure is too high.
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