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Offline Hammerhead

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Re: Hornady 88 ELD
« Reply #60 on: December 16, 2018, 07:51:03 AM »
I recently found in my box of forgotten treasures a 6" long drop tube that is much bigger in diameter than the one I've
been using and that has made loading the Valkyrie much easier. I heard a guy the other day say that if he is shooting
a three shot group he will load 4 and put the 1st round just anywhere on the target. His reasoning was that a round
chambered by racking the bolt will not chamber the same way as a cycled round thus affecting accuracy. When
I get flyers or a lot of vertical it's me fighting the rear bag.

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Re: Hornady 88 ELD
« Reply #61 on: December 16, 2018, 09:01:01 PM »
Anyone tried RL16 yet?

You can't get enough of it in the case to get decent velocity, with 88's.

Not sure I agree with that. I have been over 2700 fps with the 88 ELD in starline brass with RE 17 (slower burning than RE 16) , which is slower burning. These were compressed loads.

I have some RE 16 on the way to try.
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Re: Hornady 88 ELD
« Reply #62 on: December 17, 2018, 05:24:30 PM »
So the Re 16 arrived today and I tested the bullet capacity. ~27 grains of Re 16 loaded in lightly (no drop tube) fills the case nearly to the top of the neck. With some vibratory compaction it falls to the bottom of the neck.



27 grains should be more than enough powder to get an 88 grain bullet to a decent velocity. It should take less powder than that, say 25.5-26.5 grains. There will be some compaction when seating the bullet but still workable IMO.
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Re: Hornady 88 ELD
« Reply #63 on: January 19, 2019, 08:44:34 PM »
I lean toward the 88 ELD-M 1X brass for reloading.  I like to finesse the primer crimp ring.   I can hold a good primer snug after 5X.  Too bad big Fed did not think of that since they made Billions of primer crimp ring rounds for the military.

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Re: Hornady 88 ELD
« Reply #64 on: January 22, 2019, 03:47:55 PM »
DM have you shot the 88 ELD with R16 yet? I have a pound that I'm interested in playing with but I'm loading up some R15 and Varget first. 

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Re: Hornady 88 ELD
« Reply #65 on: September 16, 2019, 07:57:54 PM »
If an 88 grain doesnít stabilize in a 1:7, why would a 90 grain? Iím just curious, new to the Valkyrie and just starting my reloads. Did you try a slower burn powder? Has anyone tried Accurate 2460?

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Re: Hornady 88 ELD
« Reply #66 on: October 03, 2019, 06:49:30 PM »
Anyone having any luck reloading the 88s with temp insensitive powders (Varget, At-Comp, etc.) I live in ND where the temps are extreme to say the least. Thanks

Not sure if you consider H4895 temperature sensitive. I tried the 88ís with Varget, CFE223, BLC2 and H4895. The best results Iíve had has been with 4895. 22gr thru 22.5 all produced sub 1 inch groups at 100yds according to Ballistic-X. I was just starting to get pressure signs at 22.5, ejector swipe. Iím in KY and it was a cool 95í last weekend when I shot them. I wanted Varget to work but never got the velocity or accuracy I was looking for. Hope that info helps ya