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    Posted: June 03 2016 at 8:04am
I just got some Barnes X bullets in for the 303.  Going to see if I can work up a good hunting load for them.  I also got the Woodleigh 174 Protected point bullets as backup.  Ordered brand new Hornady brass to start with.  I contacted Barnes to get load info and got the standard line.  Use what is out there but, start at a lower than max load level and try and get the bullet .050 from the lands.

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 38.5 grains of Varget behing a 180 grain bullet is my favorite

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I will be using either IMR 3031 or 4350 with the 150 grain TSX.  I also looked at possibly getting the 4064 or 4895 so that I could use it to reload a 30-06 and possibly a 7mm Rem Mag.
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that sounds like a good load^^
also 38gr of h4895 with 174gr jacketed bullets works well for me. id try 36gr with the all copper bullets

also the h4895 can be loaded down safely to 60% of the max listed load for that weight bullet. hodgdons site has that posted
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I think I am looking to try max loads for my hunting rounds.  With the almost max on 3031 I was having to adjust my site to the 3 mark on the sliding site and with the 4350 I had to use the 4 mark.  This was for shooting at the 200 yard target.  I am more comfortable with the 3031 for 200 and under.  I may beef it up a little.
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Norma #202 is brilliant with 180 gr if you can find it, & can get 2540-2,600 FPs if you want it without excess pressure. (usual cautions apply)
 
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I had to get new scope base screws because the ones that came with the Leupold mounting system.  Finally sighted in.  I am using the 150 or 165 Barnes TSX FB bullets.  I got some IMR 4064 that I am going to try next.  I was using the Alliant 4350 with good results.
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