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    I have had difficulty in finding recommended loads for the .325 wsm. I could only find reloading data from Nosler. I am loading .200 gr. bullets. I am currectly experimenting with H4350. I tried Big Game Powder with inconsistent results.

    I would appreciate hearing what you have found to be the best powders and loads for the .325 and the velocities you have been able to achieve. It would speed up the learning curve for me.

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    I've handloaded 325WSM for a Kimber 8400 Montana for little over a year. I wanted to shoot Barnes bullets but there was little available data. What I have was through contacting Barnes directly and my load development. My two most accurate loads with Barnes bullets:

    200gr X IMR4350 67.5gr 2818fps
    200gr TSX N560 68gr 2890fps

    Realize these are maximum loads so work up carefully. I run some of the 200 AB factory stuff across the chronograph and found it to be about 100fps slower than advertised. These loads don't beat factory ammo for velocity but they are in the ballpark. Timber Smith takes no responsibility for any result using these loads. Good shooting. Timber out.

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    Barnes X should be XLC. sorry

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    Here is a link for all the IMR powders. When I had mine,I used IMR 4350 with the 200gr Barnes TSX. I was using 69 grains but it was heavily compressed but didnt show any pressure signs out of my rifle (Browning A-Bolt).Dont have a chrony but am guessing velocity was in the 2900-2950 fps area.

    The link:
    http://data.hodgdon.com/cartridge_load.asp

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    Thumbs up MaG pRO

    W760 with WLRM primers min max vel
    200-gr. Barnes Triple Shock VihtaVuori N-560 58.0 68.0 2,890
    200-gr. Nosler Partition Accurate 2700 55.0 65.0 2,850
    200-gr. Sierra MatchKing Alliant Reloder 19 60.0 70.0 2,880
    200-gr. Swift A-Frame Winchester 760 57.0 67.0 2,885

    Mid burning powders seem to work best in the 325 WSM....favorite W760.
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    Here are a few loads for the 325 I've tried. New WW brass, Fed 210M primers. With Norma 196 grain Alaskan bullet.

    H -350 65.0 grains 2863 fps, with 200 grain partition, 2878 fps.
    IMR 4007 64.0 grains 2868 fps, with 200 grain partition, 2881 fps.

    These loads were max in my Kimber.

    Thes 200 partition is an extremely accurate bullet and very closely matched to the velocity of the 325. The 196 grain Norma bullet is an old plain jane cup and core bullet that is semi spitzer and loads shorter,but it is a little soft for the 325. I don't think the 325 drives 'em fast enough to gain much from the TSX's or the A-frames. The 200 partition at 2850 is a favorite load of mine and is representative of where the caliber falls and what it can do. That is just about what the 30 magnums will do with a 200 grain bullet. I like the caliber and the 325 bore is a very nice compromise between the 30 and 338 magnums.
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