Reloading 200 grn. XPB

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Reloading 200 grn. XPB

Postby S-57 » Thu Dec 21, 2017 9:24 pm

Hello everyone Thank you for letting me join your group :D
I have a 20 inch Bushmaster upper and a Ruger American Ranch. I did some reloading a few years ago and now that Ohio will let us use the 450 and I am not happy with Hornady's performance on Deer. They are a little to explosive for me as I don't want all that lead and shrapnel in my meat. I have shot the Barnes bullets in my muzzle loader for years and really like them so I want to try reloading my own. I am hoping that Santa will bring me a Lyman Reloading Manuel and a Chronograph, I will be loading Lil'-Gun and Rem. 7-1/2 small rifle pri. I have only crimped 45acp rounds and I am not sure where to crimp or how much? I do believe that it head spaces of the mouth of the case so I don't want to crimp to much. What over all length do you guys use with this bullet? What charges of Lil'-Gun are you using? My hope is to be able to shoot one round in both guns so I guess that I will have to load for the Bushmaster upper and see how the Ruger likes them. Hornady Custom will shoot less that an inch in both guns as long as I do my part. Any other information will be much appreciated. Thank You
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Re: Reloading 200 grn. XPB

Postby Hoot » Thu Dec 21, 2017 9:50 pm

Welcome Aboard OM!

The 200 XPB is my go-to deer load for the same reason as yours. I have had good results seating the bullet (ready for broken record?) so that the furthest forward driving band groove is barely visible peeking out of the mouth. I then drive the taper crimp down into the groove to a resulting diameter of .475 using the shortest case of the group I'm reloading, to set the crimp die height. That will net you crimps in the vicinity of .474-.475 depending upon the length of the case. To my recollection, that's a COL around 2.15-2.18 inches. Make sure you measure the crimp diameter as close a possible to the edge of the mouth.
I do that by setting my micrometer at .475 and locking it down. I then see if the lips on either side barely pass through it at the same time, as I move the bullet forward through the mic jaws. If not, I adjust the die down a fraction of a turn, lock it with the set nut and try again. I do not leave it unlocked while trying to find the setting. Those threads have slop in them. That is for my 1:24 twist AR upper. I can not advise you on a faster twist barrel such as the RAR bolt action. You'll need to find that one out for yourself through experimentation. Perfect choice in going with Lil Gun and 7 1/2's. Charge weight works across a wide range, yielding several accuracy nodes. OCW Don't go there right out of the gate, but my rifle likes 40 grains. I worked up to that starting with 36 grains and jumping up 1/2 grain per change.

Good Luck and let us know how you fare.

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Re: Reloading 200 grn. XPB

Postby S-57 » Fri Dec 22, 2017 2:15 pm

Thank you for the warm welcome and your helpful information also for the link. There was a lot of good information there that makes sense, that I did not know. I look forward to getting started and will try to keep you updated.
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Re: Reloading 200 grn. XPB

Postby Gifters » Wed Jan 17, 2018 11:29 am

Can you post some pictures of your loads, targets, deer, heck gun too
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Re: Reloading 200 grn. XPB

Postby Al in Mi » Wed Jan 17, 2018 12:51 pm

Gifters wrote:Can you post some pictures of your loads, targets, deer, heck gun too

not with the 450, but same bullet

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Re: Reloading 200 grn. XPB

Postby Bmt85 » Sat Jan 20, 2018 2:23 pm

Hoot covered it well, as usual. I did it the same way he describes and had great results. Most charge weights an inch or so, I worked up over 40gr with a stab crimp, of course I was watching everything, and it was safe in my Bushmaster upper. Ended up with cloverleaf groups, however, almost all charge weights were around an inch. The 200 xpb is a very forgiving bullet in that upper, haven't had a chance to run them in my other uppers yet.

Performance of the 200xpb is very good, too. Took a small buck at about 25yds, bullet hit a rib going in and going out, still fully expanded and a nice 1.5-2" exit wound. A lot of blood speckled with lung matter. Buck basically army crawled for I think 10yds or so. I think it's a nice option for deer and hog out to 100yds.
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