Another range report - better than the last!


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primalmu
March 9, 2013, 08:45 PM
Finally got a chance to get back out to the range. It was a beautiful day and much more pleasant than my last trip. The results were better as well (see my last report: http://www.thehighroad.org/showthread.php?t=703520).

I'm not going to bore you all with the details, so I'll move straight to the pictures.

First up is some more loads using the Hornady 150gr SP bullets I got from Hornady's Get Loaded promotion. For these I'm using Hodgdon Benchmark. The best group yielded 1.4" @ 100 yards with 38gr of powder.
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v104/insignia100/th_hoghunter_zps1abac7e7.jpeg (http://smg.beta.photobucket.com/user/insignia100/media/hoghunter_zps1abac7e7.jpeg.html)

Next up I'm using the Hornady SP bullets again, but with Hodgdon H322 powder. Best group was 1.36" @ 100 yards with 39.5gr of powder.
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v104/insignia100/th_hoghunter1_zpsca44f598.jpeg (http://smg.beta.photobucket.com/user/insignia100/media/hoghunter1_zpsca44f598.jpeg.html)

Courtesy of Duztoff I also had some Nosler 165gr Bonded Tips. Best group was 0.97" @ 100 yards with 42 gr of Varget. Oh, now we're getting closer...
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v104/insignia100/th_hoghunter2_zpsce68eeb9.jpeg (http://smg.beta.photobucket.com/user/insignia100/media/hoghunter2_zpsce68eeb9.jpeg.html)

Finally, just because they were in my range bag I decided to send some of my Sierra 168gr MatchKings downrange. I wasn't expecting great accuracy since the rifle had around 40 rounds through it without being cleaned. 0.97" @ 100 yards with 42gr Varget.
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v104/insignia100/th_hoghunter3_zpse507c4c8.jpeg (http://smg.beta.photobucket.com/user/insignia100/media/hoghunter3_zpse507c4c8.jpeg.html)

I think I'm getting to the point where my skill (or lack thereof) is what is keeping the groups open, not necessarily my loads. I'll be practicing using my .223 and the .308 with Hornady SPs for now.

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