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Now that the 7Val has been loaded for at least a couple of years, just wondering what everyone has had success with? Pet loads?

What powder has been found to work best with a particular bullet and/or weight? Any new powders found, not mentioned previously?

What Primers have been found to work well with what powders? 

Distance to lands with a particular bullet?

I am working with the Berger 168 Classic Hunter, Hornady 154 SST, Nosler 150 Partition and Nosler 150 LR AB. Still looking for the best accuracy from these four bullets in a hunting load. Anyone perfected the 150 Partition? I consider this to be the best game killing bullet available. The Partition has never let me down in my .270 Win or .300 Win Mag.
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The load table in the Valkyrie sub forum is full of loads that are tested, and most have notes attached.  The load I use came out of that table, and cuts MOA or better at 200 yds.  I use the Hornady 139 gr. Interlock seated to the cannelure.  I don't fool around with stand off from the rifling.  The Interlock has an excellent reputation in the hunting fields.  Same bullet I use in my .280 Rem.  Since the Valkyrie is an AR round, I only use #41 primers.  A lot of the younger guys like to tinker with different powders, bullets, and primers.  I got that out of my system 25 years ago.
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I'm aware of the Load Table in the sub forum... I put that together for Bruce. I'm now 66 years old and not sure I'll ever get "that out of my system"! Been doing it for over 40 years. I always felt that was the real reason to reload in the first place. With all the money and time I, and I'm sure others also, have invested in equipment, tools, space and supplies... One can hardly say they reload to save ammunition cost!  Anyway, what I'm asking for is if anyone has developed any other successful load data they would be willing to share, that is NOT listed in the earlier load data given on the website or Facebook pages, etc. Any combinations they found to perform well, at least for themselves, in their particular rifle. My father always told me... "You can never have enough Information".
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John, did you ever get to test any new powders?  

I've got a stash of BL(2) and Varget I use in 308 and 223, but I don't see any trials (I prefer not to call it "data") in the google doc for those powders. I do recall seeing information for both posted in the forums once. 

Since I may need to buy more/different powder for the 7VAR anyway, any suggestion for a powder that might provide good results, I'm willing to spend the cash on a pound to test.  

In the end I want to get a 140 gr Accubond or similar to 2600+fps out of the 18" AR I hope to have built by November of this year. (Rick seems to have gotten this out of his 16" AR using Leverevolution). 

I need to do some more research regarding the bulk densities and such but I was thinking of trying something like Superformance on the slower burn rate side and Westerns Tac on the faster side of things.  Assuming I can find them somewhere. 

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John, did you ever get to test any new powders?  

I've got a stash of BL(2) and Varget I use in 308 and 223, but I don't see any trials (I prefer not to call it "data") in the google doc for those powders. I do recall seeing information for both posted in the forums once. 

Since I may need to buy more/different powder for the 7VAR anyway, any suggestion for a powder that might provide good results, I'm willing to spend the cash on a pound to test.  

In the end I want to get a 140 gr Accubond or similar to 2600+fps out of the 18" AR I hope to have built by November of this year. (Rick seems to have gotten this out of his 16" AR using Leverevolution). 

I need to do some more research regarding the bulk densities and such but I was thinking of trying something like Superformance on the slower burn rate side and Westerns Tac on the faster side of things.  Assuming I can find them somewhere.

Varget is too slow for the var now you can fill the case with powder and put a bullet in and they will shoot but speed is not there.

the best all around powder for the var is cfe223,  but depending on bullets used if you want more consistent  h322, benchmark and 8208 all work good have good speed and accuracy. just have to be a little careful with h322 and benchmark they are fast stick powders and will spike quick when you get to max.

if you give me bullets i can give you start loads for any combo you want.

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...fill the case with powder and put a bullet in ....

LOL,  you made me think of an old Marine I used to work with.
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the best all around powder for the var is cfe223,  but depending on bullets used if you want more consistent  h322, benchmark and 8208 all work good have good speed and accuracy. just have to be a little careful with h322 and benchmark they are fast stick powders and will spike quick when you get to max.

if you give me bullets i can give you start loads for any combo you want.

I'm confused a bit, sorry Bruce. 
My Hornady 9th manual lists Varget as a faster powder than CFE233.

But what about BLC(2) using a Sierra Pro-Hunter 140 gr? 
I have the BLC(2) and the SPH is in stock at midway. I'd use this to fireform the Dasher brass. 

P.S. The barrel dies and other stuff showed up safe and sound.
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LOL,  you made me think of an old Marine I used to work with.

I'm confused a bit, sorry Bruce. 
My Hornady 9th manual lists Varget as a faster powder than CFE233.

But what about BLC(2) using a Sierra Pro-Hunter 140 gr? 
I have the BLC(2) and the SPH is in stock at midway. I'd use this to fireform the Dasher brass. 

P.S. The barrel dies and other stuff showed up safe and sound.

Varget is a stick powder so it is too bulky to get enough in the case, yes its burn rate may be faster but  you can't get enough in the case, cfe223 is a ball powder and has a higher density rate.

blc will work it is a little dirty. with the sph and 6.5x47 lapua brass or dasher brass max will be in the 36.4-36.7 range most likely, i would start at 34.5 and work up.

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