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My first outing with my 28 Nosler, Browning X-Bolt. Three different loads with the Hornady 175 Gr ELD-X all shot under an inch at 100 yards. I think I'm going to really like this rifle.
Below are my personal favorite loads for my two 28 Nosler Browning X-Bolt rifles, a Long Range Stainless Stalker with a 1 in 9 twist that my kids named The Black Pearl and a Long Range Gray Laminate with a 1 in 8 twist rate.
So far I have been reloading the 175 Gr Hornady ELD-X, 180 Gr Hornady ELD-M and 180 Gr Berger VLD Hunting bullets. As I work with other bullets I will add them to my load data.
Here's a few hunts using mine 28 Nosler X-Bolt rifles.
- Solo Backcountry Mule Deer Hunting (175 ELD-X at 850 yards)
- 2019 Deer Hunting — Kaden's First 4 Point & My First Buck with Cheaters (180 VLD 229 yards)
- Cow Elk Hunting Going 3 For 4 on Our Tags (175 ELD-X at 463 yards)
Here's some DIY Hunting Rifle Target Downloads that might be helpful as well.
|Bullet||Powder||Primer||COAL||Barrel Length||Muzzle Velocity||Notes|
|175 Gr. Hornady ELD-X||80 Gr. Hodgdon Retumbo||WLRM||3.5505-3.5515||26"||3,218||Great Accuracy! This load initially showed no pressure signs. Coming back and shooting this load after a couple of years I am now getting the ejector plunger stamping the head of the case. I will likely lower this charge down to 79 to 79.5ish and try it again sometime. For now, I am using the 180 VLDs in my rifles as it is my most accurate load.|
|175 Gr. Hornady ELD-X||78.8 Gr. Hodgdon H1000||WLRM||3.5505-3.5515||26"||3,218||Same velocity and point of impact as the Retumbo load. Higher pressure than the Retumbo load as the ejection plunger in the bolt head gets lightly stamped into the head of the case.|
|180 Gr. Hornady ELD-M||79.5 Gr. Hodgdon Retumbo||WLRM||3.6070||26"||3,100||I use this in my 1-8 twist X-Bolt Long Range Gray Laminate rifle. Great Accuracy! Low pressures.|
|180 Gr. Berver VLD Hunting||79 Gr. Hodgdon Retumbo||WLRM||3.584||26"||3,080||I use this in my 1-8 twist X-Bolt Long Range Gray Laminate rifle. Great Accuracy! Low pressures.|
Spending a little more time with the Black Pearl tonight. Shot a 2 1/8" group that is only 1" vertically, at 300 yards with H-1000 load #12 from my ladder a couple days ago. Also shot a Retumbo ladder tonight. I'm getting close to nailing down a load. #xbolt #vortexoptics #vortexnation #28nosler #browning #targetshooting #rifle #whatgetsyououtdoors
Shot three shots to verify a 175 gr ELD-X load to take to #spiritridgeriflegolf -- 3217, 3219 and 3217 fps were the three velocities with a mild load of Retumbo. I'll post load data to my blog. #28nosler #eldx #browning #chrony #targetshooting #bullet #xbolt #hornady #hodgdon #loadyourown #reloading #reload