RL 26 / 200 ELD-X for 300 Win Mag

TackDriver284

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Feb 13, 2016
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Seeking to work up RL26 / 200 ELD-X and this powder is not listed in the Nosler manual, only found not much data on the Alliant website as 74 grains / 200 ELD-X but I expected more data.
Would anyone have any data on the RL26?
I have RL26, H1000 and H4831,,,,which powders would you choose if you had experience with those powders. Thanks
 
Code:
Cartridge          : .300 Win. Mag.(SAAMI)
Bullet             : .308, 200, Hornady ELD-X 3076 G7
Useable Case Capaci: 77.678 grain H2O = 5.044 cm³
Cartridge O.A.L. L6: 3.340 inch = 84.84 mm
Barrel Length      : 24.0 inch = 609.6 mm
Powder             : Alliant Reloder-26 *C

Predicted data by increasing and decreasing the given charge,
incremented in steps of 1.0% of nominal charge.
CAUTION: Figures exceed maximum and minimum recommended loads !

Step    Fill. Charge   Vel.  Energy   Pmax   Pmuz  Prop.Burnt B_Time
 %       %    Grains   fps   ft.lbs    psi    psi      %        ms

-10.0   88    68.13   2683    3197   43880  11994     99.9    1.421
-09.0   89    68.89   2714    3270   45501  12064    100.0    1.397
-08.0   90    69.64   2744    3344   47189  12126    100.0    1.374
-07.0   91    70.40   2774    3418   48945  12184    100.0    1.351
-06.0   92    71.16   2804    3492   50776  12240    100.0    1.329
-05.0   93    71.92   2834    3567   52674  12296    100.0    1.307
-04.0   94    72.67   2864    3642   54638  12350    100.0    1.286  ! Near Maximum !
-03.0   95    73.43   2893    3717   56671  12404    100.0    1.265  ! Near Maximum !
-02.0   96    74.19   2923    3793   58780  12456    100.0    1.244  ! Near Maximum !
-01.0   97    74.94   2952    3869   60969  12508    100.0    1.224  ! Near Maximum !
+00.0   98    75.70   2981    3946   63242  12558    100.0    1.204  ! Near Maximum !
+01.0   99    76.46   3010    4023   65603  12607    100.0    1.185  !DANGEROUS LOAD-DO NOT USE!
+02.0  100    77.21   3039    4101   68055  12655    100.0    1.166  !DANGEROUS LOAD-DO NOT USE!
+03.0  101    77.97   3068    4179   70603  12702    100.0    1.147  !DANGEROUS LOAD-DO NOT USE!
+04.0  102    78.73   3097    4258   73252  12747    100.0    1.129  !DANGEROUS LOAD-DO NOT USE!
+05.0  103    79.49   3125    4338   76006  12791    100.0    1.111  !DANGEROUS LOAD-DO NOT USE!

Results caused by ± 5% powder lot-to-lot burning rate variation using nominal charge
Data for burning rate increased by 5% relative to nominal value:
+Ba     98    75.70   3045    4117   71080  12288    100.0    1.151  !DANGEROUS LOAD-DO NOT USE!
Data for burning rate decreased by 5% relative to nominal value:
-Ba     98    75.70   2901    3738   55540  12887    100.0    1.267  ! Near Maximum !
 
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Code:
Cartridge          : .300 Win. Mag.(SAAMI)
Bullet             : .308, 200, Hornady ELD-X 3076 G7
Useable Case Capaci: 77.678 grain H2O = 5.044 cm³
Cartridge O.A.L. L6: 3.340 inch = 84.84 mm
Barrel Length      : 24.0 inch = 609.6 mm

Predicted Data for Indicated Charges of the Following Powders.
Matching Maximum Pressure: 64000 psi, or 441 MPa
or a maximum loading ratio or filling of 110 %
These calculations refer to your specified settings in QuickLOAD 'Cartridge Dimensions' window.
C A U T I O N : any load listed can result in a powder charge that falls below minimum suggested
loads or exceeds maximum suggested loads as presented in current handloading manuals. Understand
that all of the listed powders can be unsuitable for the given combination of cartridge, bullet
and gun. Actual load order can vary, depending upon lot-to-lot powder and component variations.
USE ONLY FOR COMPARISON !

19 loads produced a Loading Ratio below user-defined minimum of 90%. These powders have been skipped.
Powder type          Filling/Loading Ratio  Charge    Charge   Vel. Prop.Burnt P max  P muzz  B_Time
                                      %     Grains    Gramm   fps     %       psi     psi    ms
---------------------------------  -----------------------------------------------------------------
ReloadSwiss RS 76 *C               107.3     82.7     5.36    3056   100.0    64000   13546   1.171  ! Near Maximum !
ReloadSwiss RS 80 *C               109.9     85.4     5.53    3028    99.1    64000   14081   1.183  ! Near Maximum !
Vihtavuori N570 *C                 110.0     83.0     5.38    3018    96.7    61967   14575   1.194  ! Near Maximum !
Vihtavuori N568 *C*T               110.0     82.2     5.33    2999    98.5    63071   13860   1.192  ! Near Maximum !
Alliant Reloder-26 *C               98.7     75.9     4.92    2990   100.0    64000   12574   1.198  ! Near Maximum !
Norma MRP 2 *C                     109.9     78.7     5.10    2985    99.7    64000   13220   1.193  ! Near Maximum !
Bofors RP30                        109.9     78.7     5.10    2985    99.7    64000   13220   1.193  ! Near Maximum !
PB Clermont PCL 517                104.4     79.8     5.17    2982    99.8    64000   12969   1.177  ! Near Maximum !
SNPE Vectan SP 12                  104.2     79.7     5.16    2981    99.8    64000   12941   1.178  ! Near Maximum !
Vihtavuori N560 *C                 101.5     74.3     4.81    2977    99.3    64000   13224   1.186  ! Near Maximum !
Alliant Reloder-25 *C              107.7     76.7     4.97    2976   100.0    64000   12257   1.182  ! Near Maximum !
Norma MRP *C                        99.7     74.5     4.83    2976   100.0    64000   12744   1.192  ! Near Maximum !
Accurate MAGPRO                    101.8     77.5     5.02    2971    98.4    64000   13358   1.192  ! Near Maximum !
IMR 7828 SSC                       100.3     73.8     4.78    2967    99.5    64000   12782   1.176  ! Near Maximum !
IMR 7828                           106.1     73.8     4.78    2967    99.5    64000   12782   1.176  ! Near Maximum !
Vihtavuori N565 *C*T               106.2     78.1     5.06    2958    99.4    64000   13079   1.205  ! Near Maximum !
ADI AR 2213                        101.4     73.4     4.75    2954    99.5    64000   12688   1.174  ! Near Maximum !
ADI AP 2214                        105.2     78.2     5.07    2952    99.6    64000   12514   1.171  ! Near Maximum !
Raufoss RA15 *C                    101.8     73.7     4.77    2951    99.9    64000   12639   1.193  ! Near Maximum !
Bofors RP5/NP ~approximation       101.8     73.7     4.77    2951    99.9    64000   12639   1.193  ! Near Maximum !
Alliant Reloder-22 *C              101.8     73.7     4.77    2951    99.9    64000   12639   1.193  ! Near Maximum !
Winchester WXR                     104.5     74.0     4.80    2950    99.9    64000   12663   1.193  ! Near Maximum !
Bofors RP15                        104.5     74.0     4.80    2950    99.9    64000   12663   1.193  ! Near Maximum !
Alliant Reloder-33 *C              110.0     85.4     5.54    2944    96.2    58059   14201   1.231  ! Near Maximum !
ReloadSwiss RS 70 *C                93.3     71.2     4.61    2943   100.0    64000   11843   1.184  ! Near Maximum !
Ramshot Magnum                     101.6     79.2     5.13    2934   100.0    64000   12045   1.186  ! Near Maximum !
Hodgdon H1000 *T                   110.0     77.9     5.05    2930    99.5    62558   12440   1.183  ! Near Maximum !
ADI AR 2217                        110.0     77.9     5.05    2930    99.5    62558   12440   1.183  ! Near Maximum !
ReloadSwiss RS 60 *T                90.3     67.9     4.40    2925   100.0    64000   11308   1.188  ! Near Maximum !
Bofors RP5 NT *C ~approximation    105.1     76.7     4.97    2924    98.2    64000   12610   1.177  ! Near Maximum !
Rottweil R905                      103.1     73.2     4.75    2922    99.2    64000   12409   1.192  ! Near Maximum !
ADI AR 2209                         98.2     70.0     4.53    2911    99.8    64000   11994   1.182  ! Near Maximum !
Alliant Reloder-19 *C               98.8     70.7     4.58    2909    99.9    64000   12060   1.190  ! Near Maximum !
Alliant Reloder-16 *C *T            94.3     65.8     4.26    2906   100.0    64000   11221   1.186  ! Near Maximum !
Bofors RL16 TZ *C *T                94.3     65.8     4.26    2906   100.0    64000   11221   1.186  ! Near Maximum !
Bofors RP14 ~approximation          99.5     71.2     4.62    2903    99.9    64000   11978   1.190  ! Near Maximum !
Alliant Reloder-23 *C *T           103.4     72.5     4.69    2901   100.0    64000   11227   1.202  ! Near Maximum !
Bofors RP36 ZT *C *T               103.4     72.5     4.69    2901   100.0    64000   11227   1.202  ! Near Maximum !
PB Clermont PCL 518                 95.1     70.3     4.55    2900   100.0    64000   11663   1.197  ! Near Maximum !
Vihtavuori N555 *C*T               100.3     70.4     4.56    2897   100.0    64000   11375   1.220  ! Near Maximum !
PB Clermont PCL 511                 91.3     69.6     4.51    2897   100.0    64000   11572   1.197  ! Near Maximum !
Ramshot Hunter                      94.3     69.7     4.52    2895   100.0    64000   11557   1.197  ! Near Maximum !
ReloadSwiss RS 62                   92.8     69.6     4.51    2890   100.0    64000   11320   1.211  ! Near Maximum !
Hodgdon H4831 SC *T                100.0     72.4     4.69    2889    99.0    64000   11990   1.187  ! Near Maximum !
Hodgdon H4831 *T                   104.0     72.4     4.69    2889    99.0    64000   11990   1.187  ! Near Maximum !
Raufoss RA4                         96.8     69.3     4.49    2886    99.8    64000   11764   1.190  ! Near Maximum !
Norma 204 *C                        93.8     69.3     4.49    2886    99.8    64000   11764   1.190  ! Near Maximum !
Bofors RP4 ~approximation           96.8     69.3     4.49    2886    99.8    64000   11764   1.190  ! Near Maximum !
Vihtavuori N550 *C*T                91.2     66.7     4.33    2871   100.0    64000   11199   1.207  ! Near Maximum !
Somchem S385                        98.9     71.6     4.64    2871   100.0    64000   11468   1.210  ! Near Maximum !
Norma URP *C                        93.9     66.5     4.31    2869   100.0    64000   11055   1.204  ! Near Maximum !
Bofors RP19 ~approximation          93.9     66.5     4.31    2869   100.0    64000   11052   1.204  ! Near Maximum !
Ramshot LRT                        110.0     84.9     5.50    2869    89.5    57633   13524   1.231  ! Near Maximum !
Hodgdon LVR                         91.6     65.6     4.25    2868   100.0    64000   11040   1.199  ! Near Maximum !
Somchem S365                        95.6     68.1     4.41    2867   100.0    64000   10721   1.212  ! Near Maximum !
Winchester Supreme 780              97.5     73.6     4.77    2864    99.8    64000   11476   1.196  ! Near Maximum !
Accurate 4350                       92.9     66.5     4.31    2864   100.0    64000   10999   1.222  ! Near Maximum !
Rottweil R904                       97.7     69.0     4.47    2861    99.4    64000   11528   1.191  ! Near Maximum !
Bofors RP4 NT *C ~approximation     94.5     68.7     4.45    2860   100.0    64000   11251   1.203  ! Near Maximum !
Vihtavuori N165 *C                 104.1     73.8     4.78    2857   100.0    64000   11229   1.201  ! Near Maximum !
IMR 4955 Enduron *C*T              101.4     70.6     4.58    2856    99.1    64000   11624   1.190  ! Near Maximum !
Lovex S071                         107.7     73.0     4.73    2853   100.0    64000   11078   1.225  ! Near Maximum !
Accurate 3100                      101.9     73.0     4.73    2853   100.0    64000   11078   1.225  ! Near Maximum !
IMR 4831                            98.5     67.5     4.37    2851   100.0    64000   10814   1.213  ! Near Maximum !
Lovex D100                         110.0     84.8     5.49    2848    91.8    63737   12146   1.196  ! Near Maximum !
Shooters World BMG                 110.0     84.8     5.49    2848    91.8    63737   12146   1.196  ! Near Maximum !
Lovex S070                          93.8     66.4     4.31    2844   100.0    64000   11040   1.210  ! Near Maximum !
Shooters World SW4350               93.8     66.4     4.31    2844   100.0    64000   11040   1.210  ! Near Maximum !
Somchem S361                        96.7     73.8     4.78    2834    99.0    64000   11348   1.202  ! Near Maximum !
Vihtavuori N160 *C                  91.3     66.7     4.32    2831   100.0    64000   10491   1.205  ! Near Maximum !
Vihtavuori 24N41 *C                110.0     83.9     5.44    2828    89.4    57975   12762   1.232  ! Near Maximum !
 
Thanks Mike, seems case fill is just perfect with RL26 with 98% and 110% for the H1000, maybe a drop tube will help settle it.
 
I doubt that you'll need a drop tube with either propellant. I readily get 110% fill on a variety of cases. You'll definitely get a good velocity.
 
Tried the 200 ELDX on one moose with H4831.
Too much expansion and meat damage very similar to Ballistic Tips ……quickly purged my whole shelf of ELDX. The 178gr ELDX might perform well at 308 Win vel maybe but I am done with Hornady rifle bullets ! I think they need to apply some their DGX technology to their others bullets.
 
Tried the 200 ELDX on one moose with H4831.
Too much expansion and meat damage very similar to Ballistic Tips ……quickly purged my whole shelf of ELDX. The 178gr ELDX might perform well at 308 Win vel maybe but I am done with Hornady rifle bullets ! I think they need to apply some their DGX technology to their others bullets.
You are correct that the ELD-X is frangible in the 300 Win Mag. On my last hunt with the 300 Mag, I used the 200 ELD-X on two cow nilgai, I tested one cow with double lung shot, complete pass through, no bullet recovery and the 2nd nilgai was broadside and it shattered the shoulder, and destroyed the lungs and did not leave a mark on the inside opposite shoulder. Seemed that the ELD X broke apart after the hit on the shoulder bone. Velocity was a hair short of 3100 fps with RL-26. I stopped using the ELD X bullets for the 300 Win Mag for this reason if hunting medium to large game, I am switching back to the 180 Accubonds, I'll look into the 200 AccuBond as well.
ELD X may be fine for slower velocity like the 6.5 Creed and 6.5 x 284 using the 143 ELDX and 308 using the 178 ELDX. I have 40 rounds loaded up for the 6.5 x 284, speed is right at 2910 fps with the 143 ELD-X with H4831SC.
 
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