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Old 03-08-2012, 08:37   #1
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200 gr. XTP load?


I am loading 200 gr. XTPs, for the Spring turkey season...
No not for turkeys, but for cranky black bears. Anyway,
my SD load is a 180 gr. XTP, loaded with a Max. charge
of Blue Dot for my G20SF/factory barrel. I ran experiments
with Longshot and Blue Dot, over my chrony, and Blue Dot
won the velocity race, in the factory barrel. I also have
a 6" KKM barrel that I swap in for "woods gun" mode, and
this 180 gr. XTP load picks up ~40 fps, and could be
pushed a bit higher, given the fully supported chamber.
So, for the 200 gr. XTP loads, only to be shot out of the
KKM barrel, given I have Alliant Steel, Alliant Blue Dot, and
Hodgdon Long Shot, in the powder locker, which two would
you pick for the next velocity race? Incidentally, I loaded
a couple of starting loads for the 200 gr. XTP, at 8.6 gr,
and 8.9 gr. of Blue Dot. From the sticky thread on Alliant
powders, this seems like I have a ways to go before
reaching the potential Max. for this bullet.

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Old 03-08-2012, 09:48   #2
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I would grab Blue Dot Dot and Longshot. I like both of them.
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Old 03-08-2012, 10:48   #3
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Longshot at 9gr in the kkm is a nice load. Over book but a good load. Check out the swampfox 1325 thread. I did some testing.
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Old 03-08-2012, 10:55   #4
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The loads you seek are posted in on the forum if you look in the correct places, by reading thru you will learn what others have done and what may be safe in your gun. Not evey gun will shoot the loads listed.

However Blue Dot and LongShot are great powders...I will say that my guns handle 10.5 grains of blue Dot under a Hornady 200gr XTP seated to 1.260" for velocity of 1180 fps-1200 fps.

LongShot, loads are shown all over the place with different bullets, this powder as this very entergetic with its yield. In test with 9.4 grains of LongShot under the 200gr XTP velocity was 1250 fps but I saw case expansion that raise my suspicions and safety concerns.
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Old 03-08-2012, 11:58   #5
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I like Longshot best for the 200gr XTP but Blue Dot should gain a nice amount with the longer barrel (as it has a fairly slow burn rate that likes a 6" tube)
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