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Offline delt475

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88 grain ELDís with Varget, CFE223 and H4895
« on: October 03, 2019, 07:50:44 PM »
New member here. Not new to reloading though. I load for every rifle I have which includes 5.56 thru .50 Beowulf. Anyway Iíve been focused on my .224 Valkyrie upper these last couple of weeks. Modern Gun season in KY is closing in and I wanted to make sure I had a load worked up. Iíve previously tried the 88ís with Varget and CFE223 with pretty crappy results. Iíve been shooting 1.5 inch to 3 inch groups at 100yds. While this will still kill a deer. I can shoot out to 300yds on my farm and those results werenít really satisfactory.

A little back story on my upper. I bought a Delta Team Tactical 6.5 Grendel this summer and itís actually really accurate. I have no issues ringing the gongs out to 300yds. Anyway they had an 18in Valkyrie upper on sale for $220 with an ELD barrel. I bought it figuring what the hell. Delta Tactical has a pretty crappy reputation and i think itís deserved. The left out a magazine I purchased and I never got ahold of anyone or an email response. I had to dispute it off my cc. My uppers have shot well though.

Having zero success with the previous 88 grain loads I figured either this cheap barrel just wouldnít shoot or maybe just not stabilize the heavier grain bullets. I searched this site and the FB group and noticed H4895 was being commented on. My Hornady book didnít even list it as a possible powder. I shot loads from 21gr up to 23. Varying load the in .2 and .3 increments. 21-21.7gr didnít prove anything special. Once I got to 22gr things really tightened up. I finally got under 1 inch at 100yrds with 22gr, 22.3 and 22.5gr. 22.7 and 23 really opened up though.

All the groups were shot with 5 shot groups, with a of COAL of 2.255.  I actually got a couple of same hole shots which is Encouraging for sure. I have a Trijicon Accupoint 3-9x40 on it.


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Offline Hammerhead

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Re: 88 grain ELDís with Varget, CFE223 and H4895
« Reply #1 on: October 04, 2019, 05:55:53 PM »
Looks like you have some pretty good stuff there. Welcome to the forum by  the way, glad to have ya.

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Re: 88 grain ELDís with Varget, CFE223 and H4895
« Reply #2 on: October 05, 2019, 09:42:20 AM »
I have had great success with the 80 ELD's using H4895, under 0.5" 5 shot groups at 100 yards and able to consistently hit a 3" steel at 500 yards as long as I do my part. Just loaded up some 88 ELD's with H4895 and Varget. Going to try to get to the range this upcoming week. Hopefully will have success like you have had. Shooting a CMMG 24' 1 in 7 twist barrel mounted to a BCA side charging upper and bolt carrier group.

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Re: 88 grain ELDís with Varget, CFE223 and H4895
« Reply #3 on: October 06, 2019, 04:53:15 AM »
Excellent groups whatever your doing dont change!