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Thread: Load data for Barnes 85 gr Match Burner

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    Interesting that the 87 seems ever so slightly tarnished where it has rested exposed to the powder for a while.

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    Could be poor lighting and the light scratches from the neck when I pulled it. I already put the round back together or I'd take a closer look.
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    These bullets are pretty cool. We chrono'd a few loads out of the 20" bolt gun"

    23.0 gr of TAC with CCI 41 primer gave me 2633 FPS, S.D. 14

    23.5 gr of TAC with CCI 41 primer gave me 2704 FPS, S.D. 15

    At 500 yards these were pretty good. They hit the steel all within a few inches vertically. The wind did push them around horizontally though. I'm probably going to settle with 23.2 gr of TAC and load the rest of the first box this week.
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    Markm, do you think this load would be safe for an AR? I don’t remember my test velocities being that high.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Corse View Post
    Markm, do you think this load would be safe for an AR? I don’t remember my test velocities being that high.
    Sorry. I didn't see this post. Yeah. I plan on using the 23.0 grains. It compares well to the 87 gr Black hills load which is moving at just over 2600 out of a 20" barrel.

    The freaky thing is that the hotter test loads showed no pressure signs on the case head. I'm used to faster powders that give you warning signs.
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    Thanks, I’m going to compare this to my data and see if I can come up with something.

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    Sounds good. These bullets are pretty cool. A 7 or 8 twist easily stabilizes them and they're not all that expensive relatively speaking. I think I was around $0.35 each delivered.

    Now that I have the load I want to try, I'll probably spin up 50 or so to shoot this weekend and fine tune from there.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ned Christiansen View Post
    Edit: found a pic of some 500 yd shooting with the 85 Match Burner. Not sure the barrel but probably a Wilson Super Sniper 1/8 or my old Sabre Defence heavy stainless 1/8. Not claiming "amazing" here but 9 of 10 into about 1.3MOA at 500Y, with handloads the way I do them (not going to extremes), I thought they were pretty good bullets.
    That's cool. I almost took a pic of our 500 steel, but we kept shooting it after the 85s. It held great vertical.. like 3" or less, and was maybe just over MOA on wind/horizontal. If wind is kind to us this weekend, I'll try a 5 round group at 500.
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    Got a sack of these ready to shoot up in various guns... If I'm still loving them, I'm ordering more.

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    Shot the 85s yesterday with what I thought was a reasonable load with 23.0 gr TAC. This chrono'd at 2633 last week. This week that same load was over 2700 fps and popping primers.

    It was warmer yesterday, but not dramatically. Going to pull back 4 or 5 tenths and try again next week. I'm so sick of popped primers.
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