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Old 04-22-2019, 03:13 PM
WindLogik WindLogik is offline
 
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I load 49 grains of IMR 4895 with a measure for a 125 TNT. My primers are still very round at this charge. I sought the filled end of the spectrum to take up some of that pesky space in the case. Shoots very well.
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Old 04-22-2019, 04:25 PM
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Well settled on 46 grains, here’s my first targets from field positions.....

Rapid fire prone 8rnd 80 yards....
https://photos.app.goo.gl/WWmzkkopBxSgL1ry9

Off hand 8rounds 80 yards.....
https://photos.app.goo.gl/z6p4d95DeT1FdQ647

Second prone.....
https://photos.app.goo.gl/mAHseDYqc4BN3tjz6

Kneeling, needs work....
https://photos.app.goo.gl/uW1iuD4ZhS9NiEuf7

Off hand needs some work

Here’s a picture of the biggest piece of tnt bullet I could find, this is such a good quality in a target bullet, I want my bullets to disintegrate when they hit something so as to reduce the chance of deflected bullets ect....

https://photos.app.goo.gl/Ufgd4FTbSh1aNVwa7

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Old 04-30-2019, 08:38 PM
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Another fan of the 125 TNT loads here. Mine likes 48.5 gr of H4895, 3.20" OAL. Was good for a 99-5x on slow prone at the Eastern Games this weekend. And pretty sure that one 9 was my fault, not the gun or load.
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Old 05-05-2019, 06:30 AM
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I had some strange results with the 125 TNTs all last winter in my M1. I was loading with 48 and 49 gr Varget. 2 or 3 unexplainable fliers in a 10 shot group, sometimes one out into the 8 ring. Very ugly.

Iím now loading with 47 H4895 and itís much improved, but that may just be a coincidence. I re-shot a 49 gr Varget load last weekend and shots were all in the 10 ring at 200. On Friday, with the H4895 47 gr load, I shot my best 30 round match course in practice, a 292-8x.

I wondered if I had a bad batch of TNTs. I donít know. I just hope the issue is gone for good, it was very frustrating.

Yeah, I know, someone will say the problem was the shooter. But, funny all that time I was nailing the 10 and X ring with my No. 4 Lee Enfield shooting the 174 SMK at the 200 yd target once I put down the M1. Happened all winter, every single week.
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Old 05-05-2019, 06:34 AM
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Britrifles,
I don't where you are located, but "Winter" makes me worry about temperatures and ignition problems.
Some shooters have been using magnum primers because of cold temps.
Could that have been an issue?
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Old 05-05-2019, 07:09 AM
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JMM, that is one possibility with Varget. 48-49 gr still has lots of airspace. I’ve been shooting at the TMP in Alabama, so not “winter” like in the North, temps typically 40 deg.

With the M1 , I use CCI #34.
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Old 05-05-2019, 09:09 AM
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I have used varget down to -20 and haven’t seen an appreciable difference in performance. These were in my .223 coyote hunting loads though so not in .30-06.
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Old 05-05-2019, 10:54 PM
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I don’t know if this is related to your problem britrifle of fliers, but in the initial 2 boxes of TNT’s I culled a few per hundred for odd tips. Where the hollow point has been formed had an abnormal shape. The more recent batches did not have any of these. But it was only 3-5 per 100, not 2 per group of 10 shot like what you mentioned.
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Old 05-07-2019, 08:32 PM
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I had some strange results with the 125 TNTs all last winter in my M1. I was loading with 48 and 49 gr Varget. 2 or 3 unexplainable fliers in a 10 shot group, sometimes one out into the 8 ring. Very ugly.

Iím now loading with 47 H4895 and itís much improved, but that may just be a coincidence. I re-shot a 49 gr Varget load last weekend and shots were all in the 10 ring at 200. On Friday, with the H4895 47 gr load, I shot my best 30 round match course in practice, a 292-8x.

I wondered if I had a bad batch of TNTs. I donít know. I just hope the issue is gone for good, it was very frustrating.

Yeah, I know, someone will say the problem was the shooter. But, funny all that time I was nailing the 10 and X ring with my No. 4 Lee Enfield shooting the 174 SMK at the 200 yd target once I put down the M1. Happened all winter, every single week.

Me too, had unexplained fliers with the TNTs so I switched to SMKs and the problem went away
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Old 05-11-2019, 07:20 PM
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Me too, had unexplained fliers with the TNTs so I switched to SMKs and the problem went away
Makes me think Speer had a quality issue for a while.
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