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Re: Hornady 88 ELD
« Reply #15 on: July 24, 2018, 12:04:13 PM »
I didnít take the long drive. I ended up going to a friends property. This at about 200 yards. Load was 28.1 gr 2000MR Hornady 88ELD M oal was at 2.28. This was 2 15 round mags shot back to back. All same load.

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Re: Hornady 88 ELD
« Reply #16 on: July 25, 2018, 12:51:04 AM »
Looks like those 88's are going to be the ticket.

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Re: Hornady 88 ELD
« Reply #17 on: July 25, 2018, 01:37:46 AM »
I had a couple of flyers earlier in the day but it was from an unrelated issue. Loose scope mount.  :o Once tight everything else did as well. The big holes are from the 458, which I was surprised I even hit the target from there.
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Re: Hornady 88 ELD
« Reply #18 on: July 25, 2018, 11:45:53 PM »
An update from my earlier post. I shot a few more rounds of the Hornady ammo this morning. Tried them at 400 yds on steel, with the McGowen 1-7. I grouped five of them in a 2Ē group. The air temperature today was 96* instead of 82* on my previous test. I rechecked the stability numbers again on the Berger site, taking into account the higher temp. Berger indicated that the rise in air temp was enough to move the bullet into a stable flight. Hopefully the heat will subside in the next week or two so i can try them again at a lower air temp and see how they group

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Re: Hornady 88 ELD
« Reply #19 on: August 18, 2018, 01:48:45 PM »
Update on the 88 ELD's in a 1-7 twist barrel. Today the morning temperature was 78* and the air was still for a short time. I was able to try them at 800 yards with my previous load of 26.0gr of Aliant 2000MR. They shot great, grouping at .6 moa. I also tried the Sierra 90Mk and those grouped at .4 moa. I was only able to shoot one group of each before the wind an mirage made it easy to throw a shot. I'm very happy to see that a 1-7 twist barrel pushing the 88 and 90gr at 2700 fps will stabilize the projectile and group well at longer ranges. 

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« Reply #20 on: August 18, 2018, 01:54:30 PM »
Very good info. Thanks for the update,
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Re: Hornady 88 ELD
« Reply #21 on: August 18, 2018, 03:31:14 PM »
I didnít take the long drive. I ended up going to a friends property. This at about 200 yards. Load was 28.1 gr 2000MR Hornady 88ELD M oal was at 2.28. This was 2 15 round mags shot back to back. All same load.



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« Reply #22 on: August 18, 2018, 05:27:05 PM »
I like that MOC.  :D
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Re: Hornady 88 ELD
« Reply #23 on: August 18, 2018, 07:13:23 PM »
There was a gentleman shooting at a PRS club match today running a 20" Valk AR and factory Hornady 88 Eldm ammo. He cleaned the longest stage of 900, 950, 1000, and 1135. 2 hits on the first three and four on the 1135.
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Re: Hornady 88 ELD
« Reply #24 on: August 19, 2018, 05:03:21 AM »
There was a gentleman shooting at a PRS club match today running a 20" Valk AR and factory Hornady 88 Eldm ammo. He cleaned the longest stage of 900, 950, 1000, and 1135. 2 hits on the first three and four on the 1135.

Get any details on his barrel?

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Re: Hornady 88 ELD
« Reply #25 on: August 19, 2018, 09:49:09 AM »
There was a gentleman shooting at a PRS club match today running a 20" Valk AR and factory Hornady 88 Eldm ammo. He cleaned the longest stage of 900, 950, 1000, and 1135. 2 hits on the first three and four on the 1135.

Get any details on his barrel?
20" Wilson Combat 6.5 twist. This is his 3rd barrel, with the 2 previous being 7 twist. He's not set up for reloading and couldn't get the other barrels and factory ammo to group under 2". Went to a 6.5, and the 88's are around 5/8" at 100.
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Re: Hornady 88 ELD
« Reply #26 on: August 23, 2018, 09:33:30 PM »
Here are the factory 88ELD rounds.  Looks like the factory rounds have the primers crimped in place and you will need to chamfer or swage the brass in order to use it for reloading.

2.248 COAL
1.683 to Ogive







Using my OAL guage with this bullet, it touches the lands of my PSA 20" barrel at 3.325 COAL.  If using the Ogive measurement with my .22 comparator I get 1.756.  That means the factory cartridge has a .073 jump to the lands.  I will be shooting half of these and pulling the other half and loading to 2.298, which gives 1.730 to the ogive when measuring.  That should put the bullet .26 thousands off the lands and I would assume increase accuracy.  Powder will not be changed, just seating depth.
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Re: Hornady 88 ELD
« Reply #27 on: August 23, 2018, 09:48:14 PM »
Took one apart, looks to be 24.1 grains of powder...  Looks just like RL-15 to me, but I will let you guys be the judge.   8)

Whats in the brass pan came out of the cartridge, whats in the powder dispenser funnel is RL-15.  Looks like the same stuff to me.


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Re: Hornady 88 ELD
« Reply #28 on: August 28, 2018, 06:43:33 PM »
I finally got to the range late last week but didn't have a chance to post the results until now.

Tested out loads for the 88 ELD's with PowerPro 2000 MR and Reloader 15 using Federal brass and CCI 400 primers. Both powders worked quite well, the best group with PP 2000 (24.4 GR) was 0.465", and 0.656" with RE15 (25.0 GR), both at 100 yards. Also the 25 Gr RE15 loads, five shots, averaged 2857 fps with a SD of 13.

Shot from a CMMG 24" barrel. Five to ten mph wind blowing from right to left.

I loaded in half grain increments, so the next outing I'll try to refine a bit more to find that sweet spot!

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Re: Hornady 88 ELD
« Reply #29 on: August 28, 2018, 07:08:27 PM »
Very nice! Glad to hear others having good results. Once I hit the combo of 88 gr ELDs and
Re-15 it all came together for me too. Please let us know how it's doing as you take it farther down range.