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    87gr Hornady Vmax bullets

    Hi,

    I have been offered 125, 87gr Hornady Vmax bullets in .243. I'm new to reloading & at the moment only have H380. The Modern reloading manual I have only lists 3 powders for 87 gr bullets of which H380 is not one of them. H380 is listed for 80 & 90 grain jacketed bullets albeit quiet far down the list. It is also listed for 85 gr solid bullets. Would H380 be ok ?? my understanding is that for a given powder the starting load would generally increased slightly for a smaller grain bullet. But the starting load with H380 for both the 80 & 90 gr jacketed bullet is 38.0 grains , so can I assume this to be a safe starting load for a 87gr bullet ???

    Why are there so few powders listed for the 87 gr is it not overly used or is there some other reason?

    Thanks

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    I've used 87gn bullets with 40gns of H380 for years to good effect.
    I do use a magnum primer with this powder but you can use a 'normal' primer, it will not do any harm, to see how it works in your rifle.
    I use H380 in 22-250, .243, .308 and 30-06 and find it very effective but may have to change in the future due to irregular availability and rising cost.

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    Thanks, but I should still work the load up from 38.0 grains then, and based on the manual not go above 40.5 grains (max load for 90 grain).

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    Quote Originally Posted by charlieboy-shooter View Post
    Thanks, but I should still work the load up from 38.0 grains then, and based on the manual not go above 40.5 grains (max load for 90 grain).
    well done, it is always best to err on the safe side as not all rifles are the same.
    I have used an 87gn bullet with 40gns of H308 and a magnum primer in .243s made by Parker Hale, Sako, Remington, Styre, Blaser, Voer, Heym and a Ruger over the years and had no problems.

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    Quote Originally Posted by charlieboy-shooter View Post
    Thanks, but I should still work the load up from 38.0 grains then, and based on the manual not go above 40.5 grains (max load for 90 grain).
    Best to be safe. However bear in mind that the published maximum loads are still very much on the safe side. Only load development with the rifle in question will tell you YOUR maximum.

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    Hi Charlie boy Iv used h380 in .243 with a 90grain nosler and I was using 39.5 grains and found this to be very accurate, I would of fort this powder will be good for your bullet weight, Id of fort 37.5 to 40grains would be somewhere near. I found H4350 to be very good with 87grain vmax and a fed 210 gm primer.

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