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Bullet Runout... how low can you go?

Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by essayons21, Aug 30, 2010.

  1. essayons21

    essayons21 Well-Known Member

    Been experimenting with various dies and my new hornady concentricity tool trying to eliminate runout and see if there is any noticeable effect on accuracy/consistency of my reloads.

    Lowest I can consistently get is about .0015" I've set my acceptable limit at .002" Is it possible to completely eliminate runout? If not, what should be an acceptable level of runout?
  2. Slamfire

    Slamfire Well-Known Member

    Real anal reloading friends have told me that accuracy is not effected with run outs LT or EQ .003"

    A shooting bud of mine, a 1000 Yard Wimbleton Cup Champ, he ignores run out and he shoots cleans at 600 yards all the time.

    So I figure, why bother.

    In my opinion, in a hand held rifle, if you have good bedding, good barrel, good bullets, then sight alignment and trigger pull are far more important to accuracy then this bench rest stuff.

    Missing your wind call will really mess things up. :fire:

    "An eight! Who moved that wind flag!!!" :cuss:
  3. Walkalong

    Walkalong Moderator

    Yep. .002 is quite good by most standards, but it will be very difficult to show the gain on target. After you have a known good load, concentrate on technique and reading the wind. That will bring much larger benefits.

    Yep, miss a condition and .....:cuss: :banghead:

    .000 runout wouldn't have helped that. :cool:
  4. Offfhand

    Offfhand Well-Known Member

    Where are you making the measurement?
  5. Afy

    Afy Well-Known Member

    Unless you're gunning for Jackie Schmidt's agg record run out wont matter. Even then I doubt if it would. Load into the lands with low neck tension, and runout wont really matter one way or the other.
  6. ranger335v

    ranger335v Well-Known Member

    "Is it possible to completely eliminate runout?"

    Technically, sure.

    "If not, what should be an acceptable level of runout?"

    That's a personal decision, not a "should be" kind of rule.
  7. stork

    stork Well-Known Member

    My rifle with the least runout is my 6 Dasher. It averages <.0005 with Wilson dies and Lapua Brass.


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