I just came across 1k each of Hornady 178Gr. AMAX and 208 Gr. AMAX bullets in my inventory. Has anyone had success loading these for their M14 or should I keep them for my bolt guns?
I have been loading 168 gn BTHP from Hornady for a while now. Actually, I started this loading business 6 months ago. Made a mistake and bought some moly AMAX bullets when I wanted the regular copper covered ones. Anyway,I've never had a problem loading my 168 and 178 grain Amax's to normal lengths, in fact I usually seat mine to 2.82"
RAMMAC, do you happen to have any load recommendations? If not, can you point me to a powder that might work well with this weight bullet?The great thing about the 178s is that you don't really need to kick them up as fast possible, they have a great BC value and their mass keeps their trajectory flat and they buck the wind well. You can drop the load and get very good groups, as good or better then a hot load but without beating the rifle as hard.