My experience: sunny day f/13ish @1/125 with a #25 red filter. Develop it in HC110 dilution B for 5.5-6 minutes @ 68F. (Paterson plastic tanks are OK.) Definitely load and unload it in total darkness and don't use an EOS with the film sensor in the camera because it will fog. HIE lacks an anti-halation coating and any light hitting the film, including the leader, scatters through it. I've witnessed numerous rolls of students' film ruined by not loading/unloading in total darkness. I've also heard the cartridge felt is transparent to IR but that may just be urban legend. Why take a chance?
Personally, I think D-76 gives poor results with this film. (D76 1+1 for 13minutes @ 68F I believe was the recommendation I used.) I like the contrast much better with HC-110 B. I never used a meter with the stuff and think any success doing so is probably as much luck as anything else.
Small apertures like the aforementioned f/11-f/16 will help reduce any focus shift effect.