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Old 02-26-2009, 08:16 PM
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Question Barnes TSX seating depth

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I recently purchased some Barnes TSX BT .308 cal. 165 grain bullets for my 30.06. What I am having trouble with is the seating depth of these bullets. I went to the Barnes web site and they had some decent info on this load. They are saying that the COAL for this load should be 3.218". I guess the reason that this is kinda hanging me up is that this seems pretty deep to seat this long of a bullet. This thing measures about .100" longer than any other 165 grain bullet that I use. When I hard seated one of these in my rifle it stops at 3.290". Barnes recommends that you seat .050" deeper than this. This gives me roughly a 3.240" starting point. Does this sound like I'm on the right track or lost in space?
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Old 02-27-2009, 02:47 AM
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I load them in .257 and .284. I have found barnes recommendation to be fairly accurate. The .284 likes them .050 off the lands and the .257 likes them even farther at .070.
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Old 02-27-2009, 05:27 AM
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Welcome to the forum. Yup, seat 0.050" off the lands, and you can try experimenting a little deeper 0.005" at a time if you wish.

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Old 02-27-2009, 04:36 PM
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I have been shooting Barnes Bullets for several years.The early complaints from most was poor accuracy.Barnes recomended seating deeper than most of us are used to.Seemed to do the trick most of the time.I have found best accuracy very near their recomended COL with most of my rifles I shoot them in.This is the first bullet I have followed the manufacturers recomended COL.Usually I seated very near the lands and went from there if possible.The TSX bullets are very accurate in my rifles.I believe you will be very happy with their performance.Happy Shootin
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Old 02-28-2009, 07:29 AM
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Thank you guys for the info, at least I know now that it is not just me having some issues reloading these bullets. By the way I went out yesterday and tested some of these that I loaded for my 30.06 and WOW! I use 1 gallon water jugs and line them up around 25 yards to test. The loads I made up penetrated through six of these before it stopped in the seventh. The bullets perfectly mushroomed out just like Barnes said it would. I have not papered these at a hundred to see how they group yet, that will be the next test.
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