LoadsPosted by WGK on March 16, 2015 at 12:58 am
Hi fellows I am new to the site and am about to own my first Tikka rifle. It will be a T3 lite stainless in 300wsm. I am hand loader and have question concerning loads. I am hoping to be able to load a 165gr Berger hunting VLD. Some of you guys that load know that Berger bullets seem to shoot the best when seated against the lands. My question is will I be able to do this and still get the rounds in the mag. I previously owned a browning A bolt in this same caliber and I couldn't get them anywhere close to the lands in that gun. Thanks.
MemberMarch 16, 2015 at 1:06 am105 Bullseyes
Can't do it with the standard wsm mag, not even close…you need a long action mag and the bolt stop modification to use it…it the only way.
MemberMarch 16, 2015 at 1:33 am1 Bullseye
Thanks Dog Down I will check that out.
MemberMarch 16, 2015 at 1:43 am1 Bullseye
I wonder how much you need to take off of the bolt stop.
MemberMarch 16, 2015 at 3:48 am105 Bullseyes
You can also just buy the long action bolt stop and for go all DIY gunsmithing…depends on your skill set and confidence to do it right…
Here's pics of both…if you want to do it yourself.
MemberMarch 16, 2015 at 4:58 am1 Bullseye
You are the man!! Thank you sir.
MemberMarch 16, 2015 at 8:37 pm1 Bullseye
Dog Down I have one more question if you please. Are all long action mags thar same of would I need to purchase a “magnum” magazine
MemberMarch 16, 2015 at 9:07 pm105 Bullseyes
You will need this one…
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MemberMarch 18, 2015 at 12:37 am21 Bullseyes
Great pic of bolt stop Dog!
Berger website recommends trying VLD's at up to .130 inches from the lands. Read that again: one hundred and thirty thousandths from the lands! Read the VLD posts on Berger's website and follow the directions.
Jam can work well but Berger wants shooters to succeed!
Also Berger has several different kinds of bullets, the hybrids are less sensitive to seating depth. I suggest you do more research (good start here) and see what prints best on paper. There is no substitute for trying with your own set up.
MemberMarch 19, 2015 at 10:51 am1 Bullseye
I know that I too have read that there is a second sweet spot for Berger bullets. I have always had success seating them against the lands but in many guns today it just not an option.
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